NOTE: This posting is based on previous postings exploring insights from quantum physics. If you want more information or citations related to the discoveries described here, I urge you to read my book The Ethics of Chaos: Finding Happiness in a World Gone Crazy or The Physics of Genesis both available at Amazon for Kindle and kindle enabled devices.
One of my favorite stories in the Bible involves a man named Joshua. He was the commander of the army of Israel. His army was closing in on a victory but the sun would soon be setting. Since night fighting was impossible, Joshua issued a command, not to his troops but to the sun: “Let the sun stand still over Gibeon and the moon over the valley of Ajalon.”
That is exactly what happened. The Message translation sums up Israel’s reaction to what they had witnessed. The people shouted. “God took orders from a human voice!” In other words, they didn’t celebrate this event as a miracle but rather as an expression of human potential.
But it’s all fake news, right? It has to be! We know that the apparent motion of the sun through the sky is the result of the earth’s rotation and that stopping that would be a bad idea. But that’s not what this story is about. This story isn’t about astrophysics, it’s about the physics of time.
Joshua didn’t stop the rotation of the earth, he changed the flow of time in relation to the rotation of the earth. Pretty impressive on the face of it… except it isn’t. Responding to a thought experiment proposed by physicist John Wheeler, researchers Alain Aspect, Jean Dalibard and Gerard Roger devised an experiment in 1982 which showed that human beings could by the simple act of making an observation cause a photon (light particle) to spin. They could then split that particle in which case each half-photon would spin in opposite directions. If, next. they reversed the spin of one of the half-photons the other half-photon would simultaneously reverse it’s spin as well even though the two slices were moving away from each other at the speed of light. Eight years later another group of scientists accomplished the same thing only the light they tested was curving around an object million of light years distant. In other words, simply by making an observation they were able to send photons spinning and control their spin even though the light in question existed millions of years in the past.
What did these experiments reveal? Einstein dismissed these results as “spooky action at a distance”. The experiments should never have produced the results they did if the two sides of the split particles were really separated by either space or time. They were moving apart at the speed of light which means that they shouldn’t have been able to stay in relation to each other since there can be no faster-than-light message particle that could have connected them. And how in the world could contemporary scientists dictate the operation of photons that existed eons ago?
Einstein had also observed that “for physicists like us time and space are just persistent illusions”. It turns out that sentence provides the answer. What those experiments demonstrated was that time and space aren’t real. The particles in the first experiment reacted as they did because they were never separated by any kind of physical distance. The ancient photons responded as they did because there is no such thing as time. They were all part of something but the only thing that connected them was the minds of the scientists conducting the experiments.
Physicist James Jeans observed back in the middle of the twentieth century that as science moves forward the universe looks less and less like a big machine and more like a great thought (see Genesis One for more about that!). Joshua understood his point. He was confident that his thoughts were able to control the flow of time, so he did exactly that to his benefit as a military commander.
The universe really seems to be a great thought which means we can change our pasts and futures and even the spaces of our lives simply by changing our thinking. That’s the meaning of the word “repent” in the Bible and is the message of the Gospel. A new creation isn’t hammered together with physical tools and labor. It arises within each individual when someone releases imagination and lets it soar over guilt feelings and debilitating fears. Sadly, history shows that almost everyone chooses to remain bound to old thoughts and the tired world that goes with them. But Joshua (and physics) have shown that it doesn’t have to be that way for you.