Does God Play Dice?

January 4, 2013

Over the New Year break, I read Stephen Hawkins article on his webpage, “Does God Play Dice?”

He summed up his views in the last paragraph:

“To sum up, what I have been talking about, is whether the universe evolves in an arbitrary way, or whether it is deterministic. The classical view, put forward by Laplace, was that the future motion of particles was completely determined, if one knew their positions and speeds at one time. This view had to be modified, when Heisenberg put forward his Uncertainty Principle, which said that one could not know both the position, and the speed, accurately. However, it was still possible to predict one combination of position and speed. But even this limited predictability disappeared, when the effects of black holes were taken into account. The loss of particles and information down black holes meant that the particles that came out were random. One could calculate probabilities, but one could not make any definite predictions. Thus, the future of the universe is not completely determined by the laws of science, and its present state, as Laplace thought. God still has a few tricks up his sleeve.”

Which, to me, matches up wonderfully with my own experience working with Feng Shui in that we cannot use the form and configuration of an environment, or the compass calculations to predict what will happen to the occupants, we can only use Feng Shui to look at the potentials and the tendencies or what the Chinese would called the Ji-Xiong – the auspicious and the harmful (that is whether it is desirable or not) of a situation and make an educated guess as to what actions one should take, to move into the immediate future.

There is no way we can predict the future accurately, God do play dice, as pointed out by Stephen Hawking and Quantum Mechanics, we can only assess the situation intelligently and do our utmost, then “wait for destiny”, as the Confucians would stress. That is not to say we should not look to the future, but we need to be aware that the future is not pre-determined, no matter how we try to calculate it, there are always the unknown and the unexpected waiting around the corner, and that is why life is so exciting and worth living.



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