posted on Nov, 3 2012 @ 03:25 PM
I think Quantum Mechanics has really brought this question to the forefront. QM has strengthened Idealist and has given Materialist a headache.
Getting to the "truth" is like debating what happened when Jesus walked the earth. People will lead with their belief systems. Let's look at both.
QM has given Idealist a big boost. QM clearly tells us there's an immaterial aspect to reality. This has led to theories of Quantum Consciousness and
I just saw a Through the Wormhole that asked is the universe itself conscious. Is the Universe a hologram or a quantum computer? Are there parallel
universes? Are we in a simulation? Is non locality and entanglement connected to Psi?
You then have the Materialist.
Most Materialist are atheist and secularist. This is why QM gives them headaches. Anything that sounds remotely like religion or spirituality has to
be opposed. Materialist are out to kill consciousness and the observer. I remember reading David Deutsch's book The Fabric of Reality and one of the
reasons he likes Many Worlds because it reduces the role of the Observer. It doesn't but this shows that it's about personal belief and I believe
Deutsch is an atheist. The reason Many Worlds is so appealing is because it's the Materialists last hope for sanity.
The Materialist realized that science had found God. There had to be a Creator if the universe was a one shot deal. It would be like marking a penny
with a black marker then covering the earth with trillions of pennies and then giving a person one shot to pick the penny that has been marked. This
is impossible and many scientist realized this. So the way you get around it is if a billion people were picking a penny then you have a better chance
at finding the penny that was marked.
In the end, I side with the Idealist. The Idealist are exploring and expanding knowledge while the Materialist are trying to suppress it if it
conflicts with their belief system.
Even with Many Worlds you have to deal with Reincarnation, Life after Death, Quantum Immortality and more. We have lived these lives as well as others
many times before and it will continue to happen ad infinitum. So whether it's God or the Laws of Physics, both say we're eternal.
3-11-2012 by neoholographic because: (no reason given)