On this blog I’m still flogging my “In Good Spirit” interview with mediums Marcel and Lenny. Hey, it’s been a long time since I was on a radio program. Okay, this was an Internet program, but that still counts.
My interview starts at about minute three of the archived file and stops at about minute eighteen. We covered quite a bit of ground in that quarter hour.
As I noted in the previous post, when I listened to the recording I was aghast at how often I interjected a “you know.” I was totally unaware at the time that I was doing this. When I mentioned this to Laurel, who heard the interview live on my laptop, she said “I didn’t notice that.”
Interesting. It makes me wonder how much else I, and everyone else, unduly takes for granted about how we see the world. If I’m unaware of some things that I’m saying, how do I know what else I’m blind to?
I also was struck by the fact that I proudly proclaimed myself an agnostic, explaining that this comes from a-gnosis, not knowing. Yet there I was unconsciously throwing in “you know’s” all over the place. Well, at least I wasn’t saying “I know.”
At one point Marcel said that he appreciated the way I expressed my metaphysical skepticism. Cynicism, on the other hand, turns him off. Me too. I explained that skeptics are open-minded. They don’t want truth to come to them secondhand, through a glass darkly.
Cynics are much more negative. I’m fine with a smiling Humbug! But a cynic would growl, Bah, humbug! Big difference.
I was sort of surprised to hear Marcel say that listeners to Achieve Radio (“the positive side of broadcasting”) don’t much like skeptics. I’ve always figured that New Age types are more open-minded than traditional religious believers.
And again, what is skepticism but dedicated open-mindedness? Not clutching onto any old purported truth that happens to meander by, but scanning the horizon in all directions for evidence of the Real Thing.
If you listen to the program, you’ll hear my paean to science and the new physics get interrupted. Probably a wise move by Marcel, since I’m sure he could tell that I was just getting warmed up on the whole quantum connection thing.
It really is amazing that previously paired photons, or other atomic particles, are able to instantly communicate between themselves across any distance, speed of light be damned. I started to point out that this “communication” doesn’t involve any exchange of information, so no faster than light signaling by humans is possible.
Still, whatever the universe is like, deep down, science recognizes that this mysterious foundation of the cosmos is far removed from our current understanding. The quest of physics for a Theory of Everything is stalled, notwithstanding the prodigious efforts of some of the earth’s greatest intellects.
For me, this is the source of a powerful sense of awe. I don’t need religious belief to make me fall on my knees before Whatever the Hell It Is that’s responsible for all this.
As I said on the show, simply contemplating that our universe of about 100 billion galaxies, each with an average of around 100 billion stars, somehow fit within the confines of an atom at the instant of the Big Bang, is mystery enough for me.
Who needs God? That’s just a conception. Evidence for the Big Bang is everywhere. (Countless particles left over from the primal microwave radiation are impacting each of us right now).
Along these lines, sort of, I came across this Thomas Jefferson quote in Richard Dawkin’s “The God Delusion” today.
The priests of the different religious sects…dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight, and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subdivision of the duperies on which they live.