Re: Once again...ID

George Murphy (
Tue, 28 Apr 1998 15:45:13 -0400

Garry DeWeese wrote:
> At 04:44 PM 4/27/1998 -0400, George Murphy wrote:
> > Wheeler's Participatory Anthropic Principle is admittedly
> >speculative, but it maintains - because of the need for conscious
> >observers - that intelligent life must arise within the universe. If
> >this is so, then perhaps a universe in accord with quantum theory must
> >be a universe in which divine Incarnation is possible.
> Doesn't Wheeler's PAP entail an Everett many-worlds interpretation of QM?

No. While Wheeler has argued for MWI, his PAP is different. In
MWI there is no collapse of the wave packet, but a splitting of the
universe into branches, when observation is made. PAP is based on the
idea (of Wigner e.g.) that the wave packet collapses when information
reaches a conscious level. Thus there must be intelligent observers for
the universe to exist - i.e., consciousness enables the universe in
which it participates to exist.

> And why can God not the the conscious observer?

God can be. & because of the Incarnation, God can be not only
_conscious_ but an observer in the sense ordinarily understood in QM.

George L. Murphy