"Imagine that everything in existence disappears and then reappears. How much time expires while everything is gone?...
No time passes. It can’t because time is a human concept of how things change compared to other things. If everything in the universe disappears, nothing exists to change compared to other things, so there is no time. "(page 57)
Although at the end of the chapter we find out that this phenomenon has occurred in the form of quantum leaps.
Matter pops into and out of existence all the time. That’s what a quantum leap is. (page 62)
This idea about God-dust also explains how matter moves and adds another layer to Newton's laws of motion.
This whole idea is quite imaginative. It is a good idea to toss around, but in the end I discard it for the following reasons:
- It can not be proven. If everything pops in and out of existence at the same time, then there is no way of measuring or observing it happen. This in itself doesn't mean that it is not true, just that it doesn't have any relevance to anything.
- I don't see how quantum leaps are evidence of this concept. I thought a quantum leap was when an electron's charge increases or decreases with out reason. It's not a form of teleportation (I'm willing to admit that I may be wrong on this matter).
- This idea is not consistent. If God is matter and is popping in and out of existence, then what is guiding matter to do that? It can't be probability, as that is not a cause for matter to exist. Probably is the odds of something occurring. If God is causing matter to exist and controlling the odds of something to occur, then he is in control. To my knowledge, to control something, you need to exist to govern over it.