“If some good evidence for life after death were announced, I’d
be eager to examine it; but it would have to be real, scientific data,
not mere anecdote.” Carl Sagan (1997) – Demon Haunted World
I have been dipping into Carl Sagan’s book and came across the quote. My question was then – surely eternity and infinity has been settled by Einstein in the space/time continuum starting more than a century ago.
If we can and do travel through time at different rates – it implies that both futures exists – your slow planet bound existence and my rocket fueled journey to the far future. Travel to any of these futures is feasible – all moments are seemingly eternally there in the 4 dimensional universe. Are there implications in this for evolution – where organisms evolve in 3 dimensions but exist in 4?
I have no doubt that the universe is connected always and everywhere at the least with spooky photons – and I am not prepared as yet to entirely discount quantum receptors in the brain. In those quiet, still moments one can behold infinity in a grain of sand and experience God’s grace in the world.
In a way I agree with Carl Sagan that any archetype – demon, dragon or troll – that becomes a haunting phantasm in a human mind is to be discouraged. But these are important human symbols with which we create the human narrative – and a hero story for ourselves.