For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
I worked for the UCLA department of Plasma Physics in various capacities for nearly twenty years, both as a part-time consultant and also as a full time development engineer. Most of that time was spent at Hipas Observatory up here near Fairbanks. Hipas was UCLA's Aurora and Ionospheric research facility, which was just decommissioned this year. It was truly the end of an era. It was my experience at Hipas that inspired my novel Plasma Dreams.
The UCLA Plasma lab was (and still is, I presume) a veritable United Nations of researchers, physicists, undergrad and grad students. When I worked there we had Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, a Sikh, one or two Muslims, a former Luftwaffe pilot, a Shintu, and perhaps a few agnostics.
One group that seemed to be conspicuously absent was avowed atheists.
It seemed everyone believed in at least Intelligent Design, if not Biblical creation. Soneone there once said, "It would be sort of stupid to design a logical experiment to study something that had no logic, wouldn't it?" It's really hard to argue with that kind of logic.
Curiously, the best, most eloquent case for Biblical creation I heard the entire time I worked for UCLA, came from an Egyptian physicist, who lectured at a conference we attended in Santa Fe. Presumably he was a Muslim. He described how the entire universe was filled with countless particles and antiparticles, all being continuously created and annihilated. Our planet was able to move through this particle soup without being annihilated itself because of "really good timing". He then described the incredible odds AGAINST us being able to slip through this particle soup without collision. "I'm glad God had to figure this out and not me," he quipped.
This was some fifteen years ago. Since then, we've learned a lot more about subatomic particles. Here's the latest, with some background:
Since the discovery of the atom, physicists have pretty much treated all subatomic particles as interchangeable parts. Every electron is like every other electron, every proton is like every other proton, etc. A couple of years ago, an odd phenomenon called photon pairing was discovered that calls this premise into question. Thiis is where an apparent two-way communication seems to exist between specific pairs of photons. Although molecular communication was well known...it happens in biological processes all the time...such a phenomenon would be impossible between FUNDAMENTAL particles such as photons. A photon HAS no internal structure...no "DNA". Fundamental particles, by definition, aren't MADE of anything. There's no distinguishing features that would allow one photon to "pick" another specific photon to "talk" to.
Guess what. The latest buzzword in the world of physics is "universal uniqueness." More and more evidence is mounting that EVERY subatomic particle in the universe has a unique "I.P. address." The implications of this are absolutely staggering to say the least.
"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God...." Psalm 14:1
Even a Muslim physicist has this one figured out.
Who's the real fool now?
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