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Friday, April 12, 2019


 I appreciate the work of all sorts of scientists. Most recently I have been reading brain science and astrophysics stuff, having conquered quantum physics last week.

I conquered physics when I came across Neils Bohr’s observation: “If you think you understand physics, you don’t.” I don’t think I understand it, so I guess I do.

There is a big difference between explaining and understanding. We can explain how the world works—atoms and molecules and all—and how it got here [Big Bang] but that does not answer the question of WHY it is here at all. Or WHAT was before the beginning. Or what will come after THE END. Or what is BEYOND THE LIMITS.

Our brains are good enough to explain, but not to understand.

“Jesus did not say, ‘I have explained the world.’ Instead he said, ‘I have overcome the world.’” Leslie Weatherhead.

Jesus overcame the world, conquered it, by accepting the mystery and living it.

Neils Bohr explained the world and all its atoms better than just about anyone else, but he knew explaining is not understanding. “It’s not our job to dictate to God how he should rule this world,” he said.

He also said, “A physicist is just an atom’s way of looking at itself,” which is irrelevant to this discussion, but is one of the best quotes of all time.

If there is any of this stuff above you don’t understand, well… accept the mystery and go on living.

John Robert McFarland

No, this isn’t writing; it’s just accepting the mystery. And there is no post-script quote today because there were so many good ones up above.

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