To: betty boop
Thank you oh so very much for outstanding essay-post, dearest sister-in-Christ! And thank you for all of your encouragements!
Truly, it is important for everyone to understand the "observer problem" - but most especially, it is crucial for Christians to understand it. And convey it to others. As you said:
Do we really want to reduce the universe (and human knowledge) to what sense perception can report? In effect, this is to say that Man, not God, is "the Measure" of all things. Or perhaps it's more correct to say that not Man, but his five sensory "windows" on the world, are the "measure" of reality.
The consequence of acquiescing to this reduced worldview is the false supremacy of science as certain knowledge over all else - relegating Spiritual insight, philosophy, theology et al to footnotes.
We need to understand what "randomness" really means when we toss the word around in popular debates. In short, it seems to me before we start speaking about randomness and "chance," we ought to acknowledge that the observer problem is inextricably involved in whatever we say about the matter, and there is no single "privileged" human observer in the universe in a position to know the truth, because the sole observer of "all that there is" can only be God Himself.
In contrast, we humans see only partially, and "as if through a glass, darkly."
Indeed. As far as I can tell, at this moment in time, the most disturbing element in the crevo wars for Christians young and mature is "randomness." The more we can do to explicate the "observer problem" the better.
the "observer problem"
Illusion. Nothing but parallax.
posted on 03/15/2008 10:01:54 AM PDT
(Clam down! avoid ataque de nervosa)
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