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As religionists we function on deep feelings, discernment, inspiration; hardly acceptable to those scientists that worship the scientific method.

Richard Dawkins counselled religionists to read more than one book. Dawkins is probably right, after all he went to the trouble of reading our Bible. We would do well to read about modern scientific theory and other informative writings. It might help us avoid statements such as, “There were dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark,” as Neil deGrasse Tyson reported was said by a pious ill-informed person. In the same April 14, 2020 presentation, Neil deGrasse Tyson gave some interesting statistical information about those in the United States who believe in God. He said 90% of Americans are religious enough to pray to a God. It goes down to 60% with those who have an advanced degree. Religious scientists of that group are 40%.

I was pleased that 40% of scientists are believers, especially considering their job is to systematically gather research and evidence to test theories about the unknown. They search for proof that can be seen or at least verified mathematically. Faith is not part of the process. Forty percent seems very good considering their propensity to try to falsify hypotheses. It however makes sense to me that true science and true religion are one. Perhaps we can find the truth by studying both science and religion.

Scripture suggests, “And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:118)

Sir Roger Penrose, Professor of Mathematics in the University of Oxford, who has described himself as an atheist, says he doesn’t believe in any religious doctrines but says the nature of reality [truth] is more complex than his secular [non-religious] colleagues admit. He describes three great mysteries in the realms of mathematics, consciousness [awareness] and the physical world, that science has not yet explained. “Mystery number one is the fact that this world of physics is so extraordinarily precisely guided by mathematical equations. The precision is extraordinary … [the universe would not exist without these precise numbers, such as the gravity constant, speed of light etc.] Mystery number two is how conscious [mindful awareness] experience [knowledge and involvement] can arise when these circumstances seem to be right [evolution, progress]. It’s not just a matter of complicated computations; there’s something much more subtle [elusive, spiritual] going on … Mystery number three is our ability to use our conscious understanding [inspiration] to comprehend mathematics and these very extraordinary [astonishing, unusual] self-consistent [constant, dependable] but deep [profound, unfathomable] ideas, which are very far from our experiences [knowledge and involvement].” (Penrose quote taken from Christian News article, October 4, 2019.) [Everything in brackets is M. Kasey’s opinion.]

There are scientists, such as Dr. Brian Greene that are not religious but simply say, “We don’t know.” Others don’t believe in deity but are also not ready to say, “There is no God.” Some of them have suggested perhaps there could be something in everlasting consciousness existence.

Quantum mind or quantum consciousness posits that quantum-mechanical phenomena, such as entanglement and superposition, may play an important part in the brain’s function and could explain consciousness. (Wikipedia, Quantum mind)

Our minds are amazing. Our minds are aware that we exist and know we will eventually physically die. This awareness may be an immortal thing. We also know that very few things can travel faster than light, one of which is the Big Bang, and another is quantum entanglement. According to Einstein we cannot travel or think faster than the speed of light, at least as physical entities. But what if we do not understand all of the law. When we look back at the spark of the Big Bang, the laws of physics or physical understanding breaks down. Also the quantum entanglement seems to be in a different higher set of laws and speed limit.

We read in Doctrine and Covenants 29:34: “Wherefore, verily I say unto you that all things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal; neither any man, nor the children of men; neither Adam, your father whom I created.”

I feel this suggests the most elementary of everything is controlled by spiritual law, a law that is likely not bound by the speed of light but can become part of it. I would call this spiritual law’s speed the speed of thought; much faster than the physical universe speed limit. We have a brain that thinks slower, but may have a quantum mind with entangled thoughts that excel light in speed. Our mind or intelligence may be a function of a higher spiritual law.

In the scientific world, string theory is an elementary string that looks like an ordinary particle, with its mass, charge, and other properties determined by the vibrational state of the string. (Wikipedia, string theory)

In scripture we read, “Intelligence [vibrating string], or the light [energy] of truth [mass] was not created [was elementary] or made neither can be.” (Doctrine and Covenants 93:29) [Everything in brackets is M. Kasey’s opinion.]

This would suggest that everything has a form of intelligence. Freeman Dyson, Professor Emeritus in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, argued that “minds, as manifested by the capacity to make choices, is to some extent inherent in every electron.” (Wikipedia, Quantum mind)

Perhaps these intelligences could operate on the quantum mind level at the speed of thought.

Agnostic, David Bohm, described as one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century, suggested that when we look at matter, we see nothing that helps us to understand consciousness. Bohm discussed the experience of listening to music. He believed that the feeling of movement and change that make up our experience of music derive from holding the immediate past and the present in the brain together. The musical notes from the past are transformations rather than memories. The notes that were implicated in the immediate past become explicate in the present. Bohm viewed this as consciousness emerging from the implicate order. (Wikipedia, Quantum mind)

This goes back to our scripture which might suggest spiritual law is the implicate order and physical law is the explicate order. According to Bohm the implicate [associate, sub] order is seen as a deeper and more fundamental order of reality. In contrast, the explicate [illuminate] order included the abstractions [concepts, ideas] that humans normally perceive. (Wikipedia, Implicate and explicate order) [Brackets are M. Kasey’s opinions.]

According to Finnish philosopher of the mind, Paavo Pylkkanen, “Bohm’s suggestion leads naturally to the assumption that the physical correlate of the logical thinking process is at the classically describable level of the brain, while the basic thinking process is at the quantum theoretically describable level.”

That may mean an intelligence/spirit at a theoretically describable level and a physical entity at the classically describable level is SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT.

M. Kasey

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Elohim is a plural Hebrew word meaning — gods.

Excerpt from the novel, Marty’s Dark Matter:

“Who created the Creator?” Marty baited Ty one evening.

“You want my opinion?” He immediately took the hook. “Everything was not created but always existed.”

“Everything is made of energy. Is that what you are trying to say?” Marty asked.

“In a way, but then you’ve heard my theory many times. All of the universe started as intelligences of light and truth, which is energy and mass. An intelligence can progress to be an element or an entity, depending on the intelligence’s will to progress. Think of physical life as a way to introduce emotion to spiritual intelligence. The most noble or progressive spiritual intelligences are organized into human beings.”

“Then who organized the Organizer?” Marty taunted.

“It’s possible that an intelligence could be so progressive as to acquire all truth and be perfect. A perfect intelligence, or intelligences, may have organized a plan to obtain feeling and emotion in a social world before actually experiencing the process. The Savior is an example of a spirit becoming perfect and part of the Godhead before He suffered earthly trial or was resurrected like God the Father.”

“So, which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Marty laughed, still trying to move from speculation to science.

“Mortality would allow evolution to form the elements of life, the opportunity to be born, the need for the egg, decay, and death, and progress the need for the immortal chicken.”

“Mortality is cruel. Why would an all-powerful being organize something so painful? How sad is an organization that the minute we are born we begin to die?” Marty protested.

“What if it’s physical life that allows us to be an entity with sensation and teaches us how to be social for the eternities?” Ty looked hurt. It was a hurt look she had seen many times before. She knew he longed for her to be more receptive to his beliefs, but even after all this time, Marty still was not convinced.

“That is why you included morality in the laws of the universe. Without morals there could be no everlasting social life. Eternity would be as chaotic as earth life.” Marty laughed again, trusting he would love her in spite of her lack of faith.

“Yes, truth or obedience to morals as well as mathematical law is the only way an intelligence can progress communally. In my mind, both laws are the same eternal truth.”

Some twenty years later, Marty wrote in her journal:

From progressive intelligences (dark energy), Ty would suggest we were all organized as spiritually (dark matter) creations by resurrected heavenly parents (Elohim). Elohim is a plural Hebrew word meaning ‘gods,’ but usually takes a singular verb. Because our heavenly parents are ‘one’ in purpose they could be referred to in the singular as well.

Genesis 2:24, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh.” Gender is the characteristics or behavioral traits that make us different from each other. As humans (normal mass) our gender identity becomes a combination of behavioral and physical traits that help define who we are and our purpose. The cleaving is an equal partnership with nurturing and presiding interrelated and overlapping responsibilities according to Elder Ulisses Soares of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Since Ty has gone, I feel half whole. We were ‘one’ in love and purpose and now must be separated for a period of time. All pre-mortal beings and immortal resurrected beings have everlasting maturity. The Plan of Salvation organizes beings for a potential eternal companionship. Only during the mortal human part of the plan are we born and then age and die.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: Perhaps our Father and Mother in Heaven are ‘one’ from their own earthly relationship before becoming the Elohim of our universe. D&C 121:28, “A time to come in the which nothing shall be withheld, whether there be one God or many gods, they shall be manifest.”

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