No Matter, so What?

A quote from Philip Clayton, Unsolved dilemmas : the concept of matter in the history of philosophy and in contemporary physics in Information and the Nature of Reality: From Physics to Metaphysics

p. 56-57 “Over-eager authors have jumped on these results, attempting to argue that they spell the end of physics or promise the final convergence of science and religion. One frequently finds titles such as: Atoms, Snowflakes and God: The Convergence of Science and Religion; The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom; The Tao of Physics, and so forth (Capra, 1984; Hitchcock, 1982; Schroeder, 1998). Such conclusions are unjustified. Quantum physics is not a threat to physics but one of its most impressive successes in the last century. It is, however, a threat to a particular understanding of physics, for it is ultimately incompatible with the world view of materialism that dominated much of the physics of the modern period (Stapp, 2004). It is perhaps not an overstatement to say that the developments in physics briefly summarized here provide a powerful empirical refutation of that materialist world view.”

 


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