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It's A Gaussian Curve

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Posted by Harvey on January 24, 2002 13:20:41 UTC

Around 1900 when Lord Kelvin suggested that the end of physics were in sight, the mechanical view of the world was fully in sight, the infinite steady-state universe had no reason to be doubted, evolution was purely natural selection, etc. We were at the peak of the Gaussian curve around this time where a non-material answer to the universe was very difficult to doubt.

In 1905 Albert Einstein introduced symmetry in terms of relativity and the beginning of quantum mechanics. Later Einstein reestablished a modern view of theism (perhaps one of his greatest and least recognized at the time innovations).

As non-material states and idealist views take more precedent, we are seeing the shift toward the other side of the Gaussian curve in science where 'God' is now becoming more common for scientists to speak (just last year Stephen Hawking talked about his belief in 'God' on Larry King talk show).

Just think of what has transpired in the 20th century. Science has found that the universe requires a beginning (and this appears to be true even for an inflationary universe according to Guth), there is apparently a destiny in the evolution of the universe that is dictated by a non-material order in the universe (not simply the flow of matter), positivists who wished to rid science of metaphysics have lost their case, and we have seen the development of even more promising disciplines such as complexity, catastrophe theory, chaos, etc that add even more destiny to not only physical systems but to all systems (biological, social, etc).

So, there you have it. More God, less materialism. The Gaussian curve is at work.

Warm regards, Harv

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