Are we Really Special?
“Scientists…explore laws that govern the macro-physical world, yet they become dumbfounded by the behaviour of the tiniest particles of nature that appear to defy what we have come to define as logical, deterministic behaviour.”
It’s easy for scientists to explore laws that govern the macro-physical world, yet they become dumbfounded by the behaviour of the tiniest particles of nature that appear to defy what we have come to define as logical, deterministic behaviour. At the quantum level, the particles behave statistically and almost randomly, often baffling scientists. They do things that defy our everyday reality, such as being able to be in multiple places concurrently. But what happens at the atomic level may be no different from what we do as the inhabitants of this planet—at least to some distant observer. Hypothetically, an observer far out in space would not comprehend our actions, which would appear random as we arbitrarily roam this small marble called Earth. After a few years of studying our tendencies, such observers may be able to establish probabilities to predict reasonably accurately what we are going to do, without understanding the law or reasons that control our actions.
As much as we have made much progress in our knowledge over the past 400 years, it is only a small drop in the bucket. The universe in stark contrast to how we view the atom is vast, and from the perspective of an onlooker observing from the edge of the universe we are like the nucleus of an atom. As human beings we consider ourselves special, but as obsessive as we are to learn about our environment and discover our purpose, we might well be just another observer — we may well not be special at all!