One of the impossible philosophical hurdles plaguing deists for millenia has been the question of whether free will can exist if (1) God created the individual, and (2) God knows the future. If free will didn’t exist, because God made one’s decisions when creating that individual, then none of us would be responsible for our thoughts or actions. That is, if God wanted some other result, then God could and should have created the individual differently.
Atheists argue that either this means (1) God does not exist, (2) God cannot see or know the future with any certainty, or (3) God is not omnipotent. Otherwise, deists were stuck with a model of the universe with a kind of fake free will when each person was actually a fated being. Automata. Or in the language of philosophers – a fancy meat robot.
But here’s a thought. The argument presupposes that we exist in a shared reality, a single three-dimensional universe where time moves in a straight line and the future is caused by the moments immediately preceding it. This is a basic and intuitive understanding of life and existence here on earth. It’s something that is more or less verifiable through personal experience.
Things are not, however, as they seem to be. Our experiments at CERN with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and in quantum mechanics confirm the existence of a reality far deeper than our daily superficial grasp of it. In particular, time is not a fixed linear thing moving predictably forward. Particles do move faster than the speed of light, and not in the rare instance of smashing particles at the LHC. They do it all the time; only we don’t notice it.
In particular, Einstein derided the idea that separate particles could be “entangled” so completely that measuring one particle would instantaneously influence the other, regardless of the distance separating them…
The new experiment, conducted by a group led by Ronald Hanson, a physicist at the Dutch university’s Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, and joined by scientists from Spain and England, is the strongest evidence yet to support the most fundamental claims of the theory of quantum mechanics about the existence of an odd world formed by a fabric of subatomic particles, where matter does not take form until it is observed and time runs backward as well as forward.
In quantum physics (which should be called just “physics” now), information is carried by photons traveling as an energetic wave. It is only when a wave becomes a particle that we see it here as reality materialized. (A refresher on the double slit experiment may be helpful here.)
If time is merely a function of the three spatial dimensions, then we can say time is just a concept we share in our experienced reality together and not an independently existing thing. Time is an illusion.
So in the video, you can see that at all possible futures are in existence as a waveform of possibility. It is our decision and consciousness that determines which path through the myriad of possibilities we choose to perceive and therefore materialize.
Could God, being unlimited by a material existence, perceive them all simultaneously?