Occupy the Large Hadron Collider
By Philip Mereton
All revolutions seek to change the system. The system in question may be the form of government, theory of economics, style of leadership, technology, culture, man’s relationship to God, or simply the way we look at the world.
Today, the revolutionary spirit is evident in the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Arab Spring, and the many uprisings against world leaders who would be kings.
But, there is another revolution brewing in the subconscious of humankind, something on an altogether different scale. This is the revolution of the spirit, the conquering of matter by mind; the surmounting of hate by love, of fear by hope, and, to be more precise, the overthrow of scientific materialism.
Today, we live in a world unknowingly controlled by materialism, this view of the world holding that only mindless matter is real, that when we break down the physical world we will find truth in a tiny particle; that life arose through random laws and impersonal forces—a great machine churning away on its own power, someday to run down and crumble to the ground. God is a delusion; mind, an illusion; the supernatural, only make-believe. Nothing is real except matter; dust we came from, and dust we will become. We are the hardware, and materialism is the software installed by some power we cannot see: culture, society, professors, and textbook writers—the thought-leaders directing the story of life. We can’t move without encountering the limits materialism places upon us.
But modern science, the chief proponent of this worldview, knows materialism is not true, and most of us know it cannot be true. Few people voice their doubts, but these simmer in the back our minds, at the core of being. Are we really nothing but matter? Is the wonder of the world, our dreams of a long journey to a better place, nothing but fantasy? Are all of these stirring emotions—the inner drive for life, inspiration, pride, hope, and love—nothing but the outcome of chemical reactions? The revolt is rising up through consciousness now, on an unrelenting march for freedom.
Modern science is based upon the assumption that a real world exists independently of consciousness. This independent world, scientists believe, holds the key to understanding the universe and our place in it. Therefore, they believe that by cracking it open, they will find the smallest working part to the great mechanical universe. And so, these scientists have convinced 30 countries to construct and operate the Large Hadron Collider in Europe; at a cost of 6 billion dollars, the most expensive scientific instrument ever constructed; a monument to the materialistic quest to find God in a particle. And this is a quest that is doomed to fail.
It is doomed, because scientists know that no such independent world exists; they know materialism is not true. The quantum theory, the leading, unchallenged theory of the physical world, compels the conclusion that the very independent world the LHC seeks to explore does not exist. Virtually all quantum physicists agree that: “. . . [t]he doctrine that the world is made up of objects whose existence is independent of human consciousness turns out to be in conflict with quantum mechanics and the facts established by experiment."
“The basis of quantum theory is more revolutionary yet: it asserts that perfect objective knowledge of the world cannot be had because there is no objective world."
“There is no way to interpret quantum theory without encountering consciousness.”
We bury these thoughts, despite their truth, in the back of our minds; hide them in the closet, and then get back to our emails, tweets, and social networking. Well, someone will figure it all, and they’ll surely tell us when they do.
Consciousness, it turns out, is necessary for the “real world” to come into being. There is no world without us; we are the world; we are intimately connected to it, as scores of scientists, philosophers, and new age writers attest.
But is there a world out there ready for us to form into shape, or is there nothing out there but our dreams? How will we ever know, unless we throw off the doubts that chain us, and see for ourselves?
So perhaps the time has come to turn our revolutionary fervor against the common foe, this enemy of the spirit, this force that prevents us from being the people we can be; the power that keeps us in our place, that tells us we were born in the slime and will never evolve beyond this flawed human existence; that we can never control the aging process, unite the world’s religions, or join science and spirit to a common goal—this view that alienates the self from the world, the mind from its dream.
Let the Large Hadron Collider be the last symbol of man’s attempt to look for truth and meaning outside of our own selves. We don’t need a six-billion-dollar atom smasher and thousands of physicists to find truth somewhere at the core of matter. We need only a quiet place, an open mind, and eyes to see the world for what it is: a miraculous reflection of the spirit of the united mind of man, the God that is inside each of us.
Occupy the Large Hadron Collider.
Philip Mereton: A practicing lawyer with a philosophy degree (Beloit College, 1978), whose mission in life is to expose the fallacies in our current materialistic worldview and to advance a more promising—and rational—outlook. In pursuit of that mission, he has spent 30 years studying the ideas foundational to our current scientific worldview and developing the arguments made in his book, The Heaven at the End of Science. For more information visit www.heavenattheendofscience.com
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