255 – As Everything in Nature, We are Pure Potential amid Uncertainty and Probability …

There is nothing that empirically proves how profoundly interconnected we are with everything in Nature than verified scientific theories, and the Uncertainty Principle and Probability Theory do that for me.

Uncertainty and probability are powerful and inescapable elements of existence. The concepts were introduced in mathematical form to the scientific world as the Uncertainty Principle by the German physicist Werner Heisenberg, and Probability Theory by Gerolamo Cardano, Pierre de Fermat and, Blaise Pascal in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The uncertainty principle asserts a fundamental limit to the precision with which the values for certain physical quantities of a particle, such as position and momentum, can be predicted even if all initial conditions are specified. The probability theory establishes the odds of how likely an event is to occur. [1] Or in more familiar words, the theories assert the fundamental limit in Nature that it is possible to predict an event’s probable occurrence, but it is not possible to predict its outcome with precision. This applies to everything in our Universe. For example, the Andromeda and the Milky Way galaxies are estimated to collide in about four and a half billion years, but although the probability of the event can be made with scientific knowledge, its precise outcome is uncertain. Or we can plan to leave the house for work/school at a specific time, but although based on experience we can predict the arrival time at our destination, we can never be certain.

Existence is a result of the tendency of Evolution to unfold into complexity amid the uncertainty of an infinite set of probabilities. Existence is but a potentiality, an uncertain probability manifesting into one out of myriad probable configurations. Which one of those configurations becomes a reality can never be predicted with absolute certainty, only the likelihood of its occurrence. We are pure potential amid the uncertainty of an infinite set of probabilities.

A combination of 1 – the progressive movement of Evolution, 2 – the uncertainty and probability of chance events, and 3 – the role of the individual as a seminal force, is what ultimately determines which potentiality is manifested. Its unfolding in the dimensions of time and space is completely uncertain yet relatively predictable.

Probability establishes the odds for the occurrence, or not, of a future event, “crunching data from the past and using it as a torch to peer into the future … Pascal’s Probability theory gave us the possibility of seeing the world in terms of the rich range of consequences.” [2]

Whether it is an atom, or a cell, or a human being, or a galaxy, one of the certainties of existence is the total uncertainty of what is going to happen next. We may make an estimated guess at what may probably happen, but it may turn out to be wrong, or right, or somewhere in between. An event can never be predicted with certainty, only the probability of its occurrence.

The Uncertainty Principle and the Probability Theory prove how interconnected we are with everything in Nature. Once we accept this truth about ourselves, we will be more rational and understanding in our relationship with the world that gives us the right to exist.

[1] Concepts of the Theories were taken from Wikipedia

[2] Excerpts from Discovering the Odds by John F. Ross, Smithsonian

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