Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

The Devil Is In The Detail

Albert Einstein once said: “God does not play dice with the universe.”

That phrase marks Einstein’s rejection of quantum mechanics; the science which explains the behaviour of the subatomic world.

Albert didn’t reject the existence of the miniscule, but he refused to believe that the world of particles was ruled by randomness. The moustached genius was convinced that an undiscovered set of laws could accurately determine how particles move.

But such rules haven’t been found. In the world of quantum physics, nothing can be certain.

Einstein is not the only one who dislikes uncertainty.

Unexplainable events give us such a headache that we call them ‘brute facts’. And we can find them by breaking any ‘thing’—meaning a measurement of thought—down into its smallest part.

For example, the letters on your screen can be broken down into pixels, and the pixels into charged bits of metal inside a screen. This process of reduction can go on until you’re eventually left with particles moving in a predictable pattern. Divide any further and you’re entering the realm of imagination.

But now onto the fundamental problem of digging into reality.

Let’s suppose we can split up particles even further. What happens when we delve into the fragments?

For shattering building blocks knows no end. Whether it’s an even smaller lump, or the conviction a smaller lump exists—you’ll always be left with something.

And so, before you make drilling your business, I ask: “What do you want and what will you do when you can’t have it?”

It’s clear what Einstein wanted. If he were still alive, he’d make it his lifework to prove particles behave in a perfectly predictable way. But what if particles like to keep secrets?

The brutal truth may be that we can only speak about particles in terms of probability rather than certainty.

Perhaps God is a bit of a gambler after all.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach