(For someone who is offering to prove that quantum physics is spiritual.)
In a world where the objective is subjective and the subjective is objective quantum physics has precious little to do with reality. Plato was correct when he described physical reality as the shadows on the back wall of a cave – not even a copy of primary reality, but a copy of a copy.
The idea that quantum physics could describe or point to spiritual reality is a claim of the grossest positivism. Positivism, the notion that all that is true is captured by the methods of science, is the product of a rationalistic delusion. It has proven itself completely unable to describe human existence in any satisfactory manner.
Before Being, comes Freedom; groundless and indeterminate – the Ungrund. Only in Freedom is creativity, imagination, and love possible. Creativity necessarily involves freely taking something unknown and nonexistent and dragging it into being. The results of creativity have a certain objective and therefore illusory status. As objects in the phenomenal world they represent a cooling and hardening of Freedom and thus become at most symbols of the spiritual. Subjectivity is where the spiritual and thus Freedom resides.
The positivist, rationalist, materialist imagines that the human brain generates consciousness, though it is interesting to note that even such people now have the decency to refer to this as the “hard problem.” This recognition indicates a subliminal awareness that the ground is falling out from beneath them and perhaps all is lost for their rationalism.
Nevertheless, they continue to think that consciousness emerges from the brain. The brain is a purely physical mechanism and as such, they think, it should be reproducible in silicon or some other material and it should be possible to analyze it in terms of cause and effect.
This notion that the brain produces consciousness, but that some man-made mechanism could reproduce all the functionality of the brain, means consciousness is being conceived of as fundamentally immaterial; a dualism where this nonmaterial phenomenon can be realized by completely different physical substrata. The mind would be independent of its concrete instantiation, as pointed out by Roger Penrose.
So, physicalism is wedded to the dogma that consciousness must be reproducible and that once we truly understand the brain, we will understand consciousness. Understanding consciousness – subjecting it to positivism and rationalism – would mean the end of man and the emergence of the mechanical. Mystery, Freedom, creativity, imagination, and love, would all cease once the fundamental principles of human cognition were laid bare; to be examined and manipulated at will. As always happens with science, whatever distinctly human thing it examines it destroys. Morality? It is a mechanism designed to optimize the interaction of biological automata to maximize survival and facilitate reproduction. Art? It activates the pleasure center in the brain – though, since this activation is the result of interacting with good art, the pleasure center activation is the effect, not the cause of enjoying art. It leaves unexplained why we enjoy art.
The language of quantum physics is mathematics, and at the core of mathematics are proofs, demonstrations, and equations. This thing on the left equals that thing on the right, and vice versa.
Quantum physics itself is not “proved” in the manner of mathematics, since, ideally, like all science, it should retain a tentative quality, open to revision. Still, there is some kind of antinomy between religious faith and scientific theories. Perhaps this could best be captured by the notion that the equations and assertions of quantum mechanics must be accepted by all who can understand them, whereas religious faith implies no such consensus forced upon anyone. As it happens, what exactly the equations of quantum mechanics imply is hotly disputed. Presumably, however, unlike religion, the answer is not be settled by affirmations of faith in the face of mystery.
The novel that most inspired both Brave New World and 1984 was Zamyatin’s “We.” Zamyatin, who started out as a communist true believer, was reacting to the positivism and rationalism of Soviet communism and the communists’ attempt to produce a wholly rational society operating on scientific principles. In We, each person has been reduced to an impersonal combination of letters and numbers which have replaced names. Sexual encounters involve submitting a chit and an appointment being made with your chosen partner, or rather, living sex doll. Wild nature has been anathematized as counter to the rationalistic impulse and the human imagination is correctly seen as messing up this exercise in pure rationalism. Designing the perfect society means submitting humanity to the design. Each person becomes a disposable nothing to be sacrificed for an ideological fantasy; “progress,” “science,” “efficiency.” The rulers want to stuff people into a box, to control their thoughts, feelings, and actions, and creativity and imagination make this impossible. The solution is the surgical removal of the “node” responsible for these ineffable capacities.
If quantum physics ever came to describe spiritual reality the immediate murder of all living creatures would be the result; physics as gas chamber for the soul. It would be the biggest disaster humanity ever faced because humanity would be eliminated. Mystery is what makes us human. A perfected psychology, as Behaviorism once aspired to be, would make everyone predictable. To find the perfect present for someone, simply take out your pad, start scrawling equations, add a three, minus the one, and hey presto – a stainless steel barbecue is coming your way! Homer, Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Dostoevsky would be revealed as out of date, having nothing to say about the human condition, and as being part of a benighted obscurantism.
Monism and pantheism are similarly hostile to the Person – and without the Person, there is no love, Freedom, creativity, or imagination. In fact, they rule the individual out of existence as being fundamentally unreal. There are people who acknowledge that love can only exist if there are two – a lover and the beloved – and who want and even celebrate love – but then a minute later return straight back to Monism. All is spirit they say. Well, which is it? Love or not love? Freedom or determinism? Monism destroys the Person and it is in the Person and between Persons that love is to be found.
Monism and pantheism are the result of a misguided philosophy of Being. Parmenides and Plato made the mistake of centering their thought on Being and thus ontology. For the Monist, the question is what is everything made of? Is it all thought? All spirit? This is just a benighted mirror image of the positivists who ask the same question; with their answer being atoms and molecules. The question of what everything is made of is fundamentally misguided.
Before Being comes Freedom and the Ungrund; causeless groundlessness. The Person must determine himself. Freedom is complete Mystery. God is Mystery, not Being. Stop trying to rationalistically explain God and trying to discover out of what everything is made.
God the Father is the Logos, the Holy Spirit is the Ungrund that precedes God the Father and out of which God continually emerges. And the Son means God takes on the suffering and tragedy of the human condition. God suffers and bleeds in man. Christianity is Trinitarian, not Monistic. Thus, God can be Love. Love must be voluntary. Love is connection, but it is a voluntary going out beyond oneself and communing with another. Quantum entanglement is not voluntary, but mechanical, and Monism destroys love.
Quantum physics is a matter of evidence compelling assent, and compulsion is anathema to Freedom. It is proof, in the sense of undeniability, that Jesus rejects in the Temptations of Christ. He will not throw Himself down from the tower and force God to reveal Himself and thus to destroy faith and Freedom to believe or not believe. He will not turn stones into bread and enslave the people who prefer a full stomach to Freedom and are wont to do whatever the bread provider says. He will not rule the earth as its political leader and again, enslave humanity.
The mental image that comes to mind when people think quantum physics proves the spiritual is of those movies where the Nazis are ransacking an apartment looking for signs of hidden Jews. The innermost, subjective, and spiritual would be invaded by something completely antithetical to its existence – proof, equations, rationalism, evidence, positivism, necessity, determinism – and thus merciless, unsparing destruction. Arguments offering proof of God’s existence are all diabolical. If they succeeded, they would fail, having destroyed the Mystery that is God.