Welcome to the Zenso Project
The Science of Faith
Science and religion, philosophy or faith in the unprovable has always had a long and sordid history. Much of science originally stemmed to help prove what people believed in and in many cases did the exact opposite as natural science slowly eroded away many of the religious beliefs formed throughout history. The pantheon of gods in Greek and Roman mythology that explained natural phenomenon such as thunder and lightning, the changing of the seasons and the rising of the Sun were all disproved by science. Science has also shown the age of the Earth to be billions of years older than any religion had predicted.
Throughout history even though science was used to promote religious and philosophical ideas it was also persecuted when the discoveries led to a different path of enlightenment. Copernicus and Galileo were both persecuted by the Catholic Church for their discoveries in astronomy. Many believe that Charles Darwin held back on the publication of his discoveries for two decades in fear of persecution.
While most of us are taught that science, religion and faith are incompatible the reality is that throughout history that most religions have promoted science and some of the greatest discoveries from genetics, medicine, physics and the biological sciences were made by those that were deeply religious. The Big Bang Theory which most would say directly conflicts with the Christian idea of Creation was formulated by a Belgium monk. The concept of the multiverse was first conceived by a Muslim theologian in the twelfth century from a verse from the Koran.
It is established by evidence that there exists beyond the world a void without a terminal limit (khala’ la nihayata laha), and it is established as well by evidence that God Most High has power over all contingent beings (al-mumkinat). Therefore He the Most High has the power (qadir) to create a thousand thousand worlds (alfa alfi ‘awalim) beyond this world such that each one of those worlds be bigger and more massive than this world as well as having the like of what this world has of the throne (al-arsh), the chair (al-kursiyy), the heavens (al-samawat) and the earth (al-ard), and the sun (al-shams) and the moon (al-qamar). The arguments of the philosophers (dala’il al-falasifah) for establishing that the world is one are weak, flimsy arguments founded upon feeble premises.
However as the natural sciences progress and modern civilization relies more and more on science to provide answers a point has come in theoretical science where things have reached a near crisis point in what can and cannot be proven. Ideas which at the very least were science fiction and in some cases pure fantasy equal to the belief in a god of thunder only a few decades ago have gained more and more prominence as a very possible explanation of the universe that we live in.
There is still much in the universe that has no explanation so you’ll see theoretical physicists and mathematicians return to faith and belief in the unknown to explain the unexplanable. In order to fuel further research and ideas physicists are adding more and more unknown dimensions to rectify the problem of the Unified Field Theory first proposed by Einstein in the early 20th century, much like our ancient ancestors added more and more gods to explain thing. Even if the mathematics work most of it cannot be proven or disproven because of the lack of methods to detect the other dimensions. String theory and M-theory expands on the process by creating more avenues of possibilities of explanation as does F-theory and even the addition of multiple time dimensions to help make sense of the universe.
While many of the scientific ideas proposed in the Zenso Project are based on commonly accepted scientific laws and theories there are some branches that are still up for debate among scientists as there has been neither enough empirical evidence to either prove or disprove the hypothesis. Ideas such as multiple dimensions of time, the existence of the multiverse or higher biological functions used to explain “preternatural” abilities. As humanity has started reaching the limits on the observable universe, we now use philosophy and faith in the unknown to help explain science. Just as religion, philosophy and faith helped spawn science we are now at a point where science is giving birth to a new age of faith.