As a fan of Young Sheldon, the brilliantly precocious little guy with a big brain who grows up to be Jim Parsons in “Big Bang Theory,” I’ve often stopped the tape at the very end of the show to read Chuck Lorre’s meandering meditations. Then, this. . .
The Church of Fundamental Quantum Thingies
I just watched a PBS special about the nature of space hosted by noted author, physicist and Big Bang Theory alumnus, Brian Greene. When it was over, I was struck by the thought that the mysterious dark energy that fills the universe might be what human beings have been praying to for thousands of years. I mean, think about it. What if prayer and meditation are natural, evolutionary pathways to connect to Einstein’s cosmological constant, Buddha’s nirvana and Jesus’s dad? According to physicists, this dark energy is both infinite in extent and the prime mover for an expanding universe. Kinda fits the bill, right? Let’s take it a step further. What if gravity, the mysterious force pulling the cosmos inward, is what our feeble frontal lobes perceive as evil? And finally, what if the two forces in balance are what allow for the whole shebang to exist in the first place? We label them good and bad. Love and hate. Life and death. But at the end of the day, all we have are two fundamental quantum thingies that can be directly experienced. Hmm… not sure what to do with this revelation. It’s kind of a coin flip between starting a new religion – you know, going full frontal L. Ron Hubbard – and applying for a federal tax exemption – or just making a nice donor pledge to PBS.
Image: first focused foto from the Webb telescope