According to Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman¹


   “I think it is safe to say that no one understands quantum mechanics. Do not keep saying to yourself, if you can possibly avoid it, ‘But how can it be like that?’ because you will go ‘down the drain’ into a blind alley from which nobody has yet escaped.”


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   According to Robert Lanza (see Note 1, coloring here is ours):


   “Quantum mechanics describes the tiny world of the atom and its constituents, and their behavior, with stunning if probabilistic accuracy. It is used to design and build much of the technology that drives modern society, such as lasers and advanced computers. But quantum mechanics in many ways threatens not only our essential and absolute notions of space and time but all Newtonian-type conceptions of order and secure prediction.

   “It is worthwhile to consider here the old maxim of Sherlock Holmes, that ‘when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.’ …The reason scientists go ‘down the drain into a blind alley,’ is that they refuse to accept the immediate and obvious implications of the experiments. Biocentrism² is the only humanly comprehensible explanation for how the world can be like that, and we are unlikely to shed any tears when we leave the conventional ways of thinking. As Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg put it, ‘It’s an unpleasant thing to bring people into the basic laws of physics.”


   We assume you’ll check our notes here…It’s important to recognize something’s missing in what we understand about the universe. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle that has important pieces that have to belong to the whole thing because of what’s pictured on their surface, but there’s no way to force their edges into place so one can smoothly glue everything down and neatly frame it (God forbid!) to hang in our gallery of scientific knowledge³. It’s easy to stop and say here that “God did everything and this shows His ways are beyond our understanding.” And maybe that’s so, but if we stopped looking for what we don’t presently understand scientifically, plague, disease, and other factors likely would have wiped out our primitive ancestors long ago. We must press on, though physicist Leonard Susskind (who we discussed earlier, in the search window type {2}) and others have declared, or strongly suggested, that our human minds might not be able to handle the complexities of a complete explanation of everything.


   ¹Feynman, a highly regarded physicist, worked on the Manhattan Project and in 1965 shared the Nobel Prize with two others for his work in quantum physics. Robert Lanza, a medical doctor and theoretical physicist, begins chapter 9,”Goldilocks’s Universe,” of his book Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness are the Keys to Understanding the True Nature of the Universe (Benbella Books, 2009, with Robert Berman) with the first two quoted paragraphs in this post.

   ² “Biocentrism,” according to Lanza, in effect, refers to the argument, or thesis, that to understand the universe scientifically one must begin with biology not physics. Don’t pretend to understand that. Lanza’s rags-to-riches story is something of a spellbinder, with some bigwigs comparing his theory to those of Einstein, but don’t pretend to understand that either. Nonetheless, that’s what his book is about, and possibly a subject for another time. Stay tuned.

   ³ Our mixed metaphor of a “jigsaw puzzle in a frame” hanging in a “gallery of scientific knowledge” is right up there with Feynman’s going “down the drain into a blind alley.” Yes, it’s from us, so don’t blame it on Feynman or Lanza. (Thought you’d like to know…)