Uncertainty or indoctrination?

Every atom’s subatomic particles demonstrate the uncertainty principle: electrons do not orbit their nucleus in a certain or predictable fashion, but in uncertain, random “orbits.” A corollary is that observation of position and mass cannot occur at the same time: or that the observer impacts on what is observed.

If every atom evidences such uncertainty, it is not surprising that the existence of the universe/multi-verse shows similar uncertainty by logic. However, this is not to assert that such uncertainty is incompatible with a common sense or “faith experience” about truths which many hold to be self-evident: life, love, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness. To maintain otherwise resembles indoctrination more than sound reasoning. But a final question remains open.

Our convictions on such matters may remain beyond our limited human competence, unless we impose them as pros or cons by indoctrination rather than by reason or, more likely, by a common sense or “faith-experience” about what seems to be self-evident. What insights would you alter or add?

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  1. Laura Taylor June 25, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    I think that what you said clearly magnifies that there will always be a limitation on human competence, but that is not necessarily a negative, yet a step towards better understanding ourselves and the universe around us by accepting and embracing what abilities we are given.

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