Recent Reads: Hyperspace by Michio Kaku.

Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps and the 10th Dimension by Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics at City College of the City University of New York. He’s a Harvard and Berkley trained Theoretical Physicist.

Very good book. Does a good job of explaining the ideas behind String Theory and M-Theory… and the Scientific necessity of believing in the existence of higher dimensions… while explaining that absolutely no experimental evidence… or even mathematics… exists to substantiate elements of String and M-Theory….

Professor Kiko is pretty even-handed in his presentation. He walks tries to walk the middle ground between the Reductionists and the Holist… those who wad their toilet paper and those who fold…. Those who parse and those who view the Multiverse as a whole…. But he eventually states that Holist must be more right….

He tends not to be critical of the ideas he presents. He presents the idea that perhaps OUR Universe just happens to be one of potentially an infinite number of solutions that ALL seem to follow the Laws of Physics as we know them…. He accepts without too much criticism the concept of Higher Dimensions…. He even puts forth the Drake Equation as potentially credible…. But… he never gets dogmatic about any of the ideas….

Oh…. One more thing…. He mentions that most Physicists tend to stay away from Philosophy and Religion… because neither can be proven or even tested rigorously…. He proposes the concept that Physicists and REAL Scientists believe what he calls a God of Order…. Not really a god per se, but rather a force that orders the Universe and institutes Physical Laws…. He then subtly puts down a God of Miracles who performs a group of one-off parlor tricks as a likely mythological being because a Miracle may not happen even once in a lifetime…. He does mention the Theological debate about Free Will versus Predestination sparked by the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and Schrödinger’s Cat…. Quantum Mechanics seems to argue for the principle of Predestination….

So… like I said…. Some people wad…. Some people fold…. Some people waffle…. And some people cover their bases…. Some people was AND fold….

I’m one of those people….

So… at least to me…. A God of Order… who is Eternal… Omniscient… Omnipresent… Omnipotent… and All-loving… would be able to comprehend and construct the Wave Function for the Universe…. Such a God would define Unity…. Special and General Relativity would fit hand-in-glove with Quantum Mechanics… including Quantum Gravity…. And the entire enterprise would run so smoothly that mere mortal man would not necessarily be able to see his hand plucking the Strings…. So… some Miracle… or sets of related Miracles… that set in motion before the Creation of SpaceTime… would occur precisely as ordered… yet appear as unrelated one-off events…. The Laws of Physics could even be violated… such as the Universe expanding MUCH faster than the Speed of Light… which is the theoretical limit…. Objects could be Entangled across vast reaches of SpaceTime…. And innumerable Higher Dimensions and even Universes may exist… yet… are not required to explain what we humans see….

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