The Cost of Defending a Belief

I believe you refer to the soul sometimes as energy. The Haldron Collider now says there is no energy for a disembodied soul. I am interested in your take on it.

For those who do not know, “the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider, most complex experimental facility ever built, and the largest single machine in the world.” Large, powerful and complex as this machine obviously is, it does not possess the intuitive faculty required to experience consciousness. Some of the most brilliant physicists on the planet agree entirely with the findings of this machine. In fact they built it.

It only makes sense that those who do not believe that consciousness/energy can exist outside matter would build a machine that supports their theory. Perhaps the day will come when a machine will be built by nondualists and prove consciousness underlies all we see. Of course I’m not holding my breath. I will simply say that this marvelous machine does nothing to change my experience and understanding of the soul. I suspect this machine is jealous that it can be unplugged and we humans cannot.

In his book on biocenterism, biologist Robert Lanza goes into significant detail about the experimentally proven yet very strange fact that the outcome of experiments at the particle level are influenced by the consciousness of the observer. The unobserved energy that behaves as a wave suddenly behaves as a particle the moment it is observed. This is but the tip of the iceberg of the strangeness of the micro world.

Can you imagine what would happen to the world of orthodox science if the Haldron Collider concluded that there is in fact energy for a disembodied soul? The very foundation of material science would crack, turning the industry of science upside down and inside out. All textbooks would have to be rewritten, all college curriculum re-thought.

Material science must prove that matter is the basis of reality. How could we possibly expect that their most powerful, most expensive, largest and most complex experimental facility ever built would actually conclude something so contrary to orthodox science’s most sacred cow? Consider the following fact:

The total operating budget of the LHC runs to about $1 billion per year. The Large Hadron Collider was first turned on in August of 2008, then stopped for repairs in September until November 2009. Taking all of those costs into consideration, the total cost of finding the Higgs boson ran about $13.25 billion.

3 thoughts on “The Cost of Defending a Belief

  1. To prove immaterial energy possessed by the spititual soul through material means via the LHC is akin to one who is color blind trying to describe the colors of the rainbow. There is no capacity of the one to be aware of the other. So it would seem, at least. However, there has already been a material entity created that possesses the ability to make the immaterial visible: the human brain that possesses creative ability to take immaterial “ideas” and turn them into such machines as the LHC, and more importantly, the human heart that beats with love. Love is ethereal in that it cannot be materially “quantified” yet evidence and effects are found in the everyday sacrifices a parent makes for their child or the devotion a spouse exhibits for their beloved. Poetry books are filled with testaments to it. No machine has yet been built that can duplicate love, not even Watson.

    Re: the courage exhibited in taking the gravel road you wrote about in your March 3rd “Balancing the Dream” post:
    Your decision was most likely based on previous experience that there are smoother roads ahead and does nothing to deny that experiencing previous rough roads left the impression that you should avoid them whenever possible. Just as one who repeatedly hits their thumb with a hammer until they recognize that moving their thumb slightly one way or the other prevents the attending pain, the truth of the wisdom of doing so is gained through experience. Perhaps the complete soul would never put themselves in either position, but the purpose of the two examples serve to attest to the wisdom of more aligning one in the direction of accepting that there is a better way.

    Likewise coming to the appreciation of the wholeness of one’s soul may take more than one lifetime to recognitize. Some experience this realization in a flash of enlightenment and are sought out as teachers or gurus by those less enlightened. Most souls on this earth come to recognition more slowly and the necessity of teachers becomes evident. Yes, the soul is complete (or, as you’ve likened it in former posts to ‘the sun always shining’), but until one realizes the truth of its completeness, they remain as searchers in the dark looking for the door into the Light..

    I’ve always liked this line from Mame, “Life is a banquet but most poor {fools} are starving themselves to death.”

    1. You make good points. I do not disagree with your suggestion that it may take a number of lifetimes for a person to consciously connect with their soul. I would only add that this process is not driven by some naturally imposed ignorance barrier, but by the individual’s system of values. If we do not recognize the presence and value of the soul, our value system will revolve around the lengthy journey as “searchers in the dark looking for the door into the Light”. If I brand myself a truth seeker (no correlation intended concerning your screen name), will this not make it unlikely that I ever consider myself a truth finder? We may come back a hundred times if we wish to continue to identify ourselves in this way. No harm done to the soul.

  2. Thank you for your answer. Your response brings up other questions I have listed below. I appreciate your engagement in advance.

    1. Do you believe there was a time when science was more objective than it is now?
    2. Is science ever compatible with seeking truth spiritually?
    3. Can you point to evidence that your own conclusions are more objective than that of science?

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