vibrating strings


Quantum physicist Brian Greene (McMaster & Greene, 2003) states that clearly, we are only beginning to understand the structure of the universe. The nature of human understanding of the universe has changed significantly since the 1920's when it was discovered that the old tools and formulas were no longer applicable to phenomena being observed at the sub-atomic level. Since then, theoretical physicists have been struggling to find a theory that unites both micro and macro understandings of the world. String theory comes closest. It suggests that "everything in the universe is made from vibrating strands of energy called strings." They vibrate in a multitude of different ways, making up all the constituents of nature. Matter is an effect of these vibrations, rather than independent solid structures (McMaster & Greene, 2003, n.p.).


This idea has significant implications for how one understands the world.



"In modern scientific terms, physicists, in their pursuit of understanding the nature of physical reality, have reached a stage where they have lost the concept of solid matter; they can't come up with the real identity of matter. So they are beginning to see things in more holistic terms, in terms of interrelationships rather than discrete, independent, concrete objects" (Dalai Lama, 1999, p. 351; see also, Greene, 1999; McMaster & Greene, 2003). In addition, theoretical physicists such as Goswami (1993) and Stapp (1995) are beginning to suggest that "matter is secondary to consciousness". In other words, consciousness shapes reality (Goswami, 1993, p. 11).