reply to post by thedarklingthrush
At a certain point the enlightenment philosophies (Tibetan Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta, etc) with their idea of non-dualism and the newly discovered
ideas of quantum theory come to the exact same conclusion.
Non-dual means basically like my scrunched up sheet example on the OP. If you had a swimming pool full of water, then at some point in the middle you
froze a small section. The icy bit would still basically be water, although it now has different characteristics. We are all connected to
consciousness, we only THINK
we're individuals and separate from other people and the things around us.
In quantum theory imagine the same thing this way. We are made of molecules, which are made of atoms, whcih are made of protons, neutrons, and
electrons. This is sort of taught in school.
But... chemistry, physics, and quantum theory drop it a few more notches showing that the electron, for example, isn't actually a little ball
spinning around the atom - we can only know that it will be in a certain area, like somewhere within a certain ring around the nucleus (proton(s) and
So, the things we think are real, the neutron, proton, etc are actually just a cloud of energy within a certain area. Got it? good - now forget
The clouds we see are in actuality just vibrations of energy that can bleep in and out of existence as long as the balance/charge is always there.
Tough to understand - think of it this way...
If you have $50 in the bank someone might borrow some of that, but when you want to get at your money there's always just exactly the right amount
there. You might fly to London and use an ATM to get your money but it's still connected to your home bank balance.
Quantum theory along with Super String theory somewhat shows that nothing actually exists as a physical entity, it's all just balanced energy with a
purpose, sort of like your bank balance. Wherever you go you still think you're living in physical reality, however it's just your perception -
everything is really just energy balances.
So quantum theory and ancient Eastern philosophy are saying the same thing! We only think
we exist and are separate but in actuality we are
just energy with a purpose.
Now we get to the philosophy that says - DOES IT MATTER??? If I think I'm alive and separate I might as well live that way. Why oh why didn't I take
the BLUE pill!?
I'm still glad I took the red pill though
As far as the electrodynamic forces - I don't think it's that necessary to get into it. Some atoms stick together in one way, some stick together in
a different way. It gets technical and unless you wanna study nano-tubes, buckyballs, or technical mechanics of things it doesn't add that much to
the theoretical understanding. Gravity is fascinating though and there are some people who believe gravity doesn't really exist as we think it does -
sort of the same path as the above section!