Platonic Ideas and the Laws of Physics

The notion of a Noetic Triune, Idea↔Image↔Import, shouldn’t be too unpalatable to most mathematical physicists and cosmologists if Paul Davies assertion and explanation are correct.

In an interview conducted a few hours before his 2012 talk, The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone in the Universe? Davies discussed with colleague Charley Lineweaver some of his ideas about intelligence, life, and the laws of physics.

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Regarding Davies’ question, “Where did the laws come from?” the conversation, in part, goes:

Davies: …the laws of the universe didn’t pop into existence with the laws imprinted on it…like…vumpt…the maker’s mark, just after it appears; that the laws, somehow, exist in some abstract manner, some Platonic manner, independently of the universe.

Lineweaver: So you are saying that most of your colleagues [in mathematical physics and cosmology] are on which school of thought?

Davies: On the Platonic school of thought…. The laws of physics exist independently of the universe and that these laws are universal, eternal, absolute, and immutable….

Lineweaver: And that reminded you of the mind of god?

Davies: Absolutely. Because it came straight out of Christian theology.

Listen to this interesting interview, especially the part beginning at approximate 13:08.

For more on Platonic ideas, see Appendix A4. Origins of Noetic Triune.

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