God and Levitating Water Droplets
Take Heart, there's No Need to be Afraid
There's something beautiful and amazing about levitating water droplets, almost miraculous.
But here "miraculous" must mean extraordinary and surprising, not divinely dictated. As evoked by W. Ran, S. Fredericks, and J.R. Saylor in the video on the left, the droplets and their behavior are not supernatural. Rather they are deeply natural or, as we might also say,ultranatural. In order to understand them we need not refer to a deity who interrupts the laws of physics and chemistry. Instead we can see them as emerging in conformity to the laws themselves and also with their own internal spontaneities, as evoked by the scientists at Clemson University who make it happen. The whole thing is a trinity: the laws of nature, the water droplets, and the scientists working with them.
The laws of the universe are not rigid and fixed, like preordained blueprints that preceded our cosmic epoch. Nor are they all-determining, because they must be actualized by the actual entities of the universe, which carry their own creativity. The spontaneities within actual entities -- the agency of quantum events, for example -- are part of what makes things happen.
At the heart of our universe, then, is not simply law but also creativity. The "laws of nature" are habits of interaction that emerge over vast periods of time, subject to mathematical interpretation, and carrying momentum of their own, to which actual entities conform in varying degrees and ways.
Levitating water droplets conform to these habits. Nature itself is the vast and evolving network of law-guided yet spontaneous activities we call the universe. The scientists at Clemson -- Ran and Fredericks and Saylor -- are just as much part of creative side of nature as are the water droplets. They, too, are nature naturing. Nature naturing is itself a spiritual process, if by "spirit" we mean something like creativity or aliveness. We can rightly speak of spirituality, not simply as something humans possess or enact, but as something the universe enacts as well. Call it the spirituality of the universe.
For monotheists like me, this need not mean that God is unreal. But it does suggest that we best imagine the one God, not as a distant and patriarchal being intervening occasionally from afar, but rather as the living unity of the universe who is a catalyst for novelty and order. In human life we experience this catalyst as our inner teacher: a lure for wisdom and compassion, creativity and wonder.
Science, like art, is responsive to this cosmic catalyst, and it helps all of us with the creativity and wonder. Indeed science is a kind of art, itself inspired as by beauty as well as truth.
Interestingly, the more we learn from science, the more enchanted the universe becomes for us: we see that it contains more creativity and evokes more wonder than we could ever imagine on our own. This wonder has implications for theology. With help from Process Theology monotheists can rethink miracles in naturalistic terms, recognizing that each and every entity in the universe is extraordinary in its depth and complexity. Did Jesus walk on water? I'm not sure and I don't think it really matters. But what I know is that he "might" have walked on water and he "might not" have walked on water; either way, walking itself is a miracle.
Here's the point. Not the levitating water droplets alone, but each atom, each molecule, each galaxy, each star, each living cell, each body, each mind is a miracle of sorts, along with the activities they undertake. At least this is the case if, by miracle, we mean something extraordinary and unexpected, given the limits of our imagination. This doesn't mean that all is happy or pleasant, peaceful or non-violent. It doesn't mean that disease and violence are mere illusions. But it does mean that there's a freshness deep down, inspiring the universe toward amazing forms of order and novelty, all the time.
Freshness Deep Down was the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins' name for God. For those of us in the process tradition, this is a very good name. We would add that this freshness deep down is also a great compassion, not in complete control of the universe, but forever faithful to it in a covenantal way. Take heart, There's no need to be afraid.
-- Jay McDaniel
Sound Waves Levitating A Star Tetrahedron Droplet
Water's surface tension resonates in alignment with sound waves of various frequencies creating increasingly complex geometries through each harmonic until the structure eventually looses its coherency. Cymatics in 3D action...I will be delivering a LIVE-streamed comprehensive over-view presentation on the unified field theory of Nassim Haramein (and beyond) on Saturday, October 24th from 12-4pm PST. More info: Link in comments / in the events tab.Sharing my screen & live video feed, we will go through over 350 images and video clips covering everything from cosmology to quantum mechanics, sacred geometry, black holes, ancient cultures & future technologies to consciousness... the universe in a nutshell.The Resonance Project • I fucking love science • Cymatics • The connected universe • Nassim Haramein • Festival Earth • Universe ExplorersPosted by Jamie Janover on Thursday, October 8, 2015