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Title: Dual causality and Bell's essential conflict
Author: Scott, Thomas Petrie
ISNI:       0000 0004 5350 4819
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2014
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The Bible claims that God actively governs the world on a day-to-day basis; that is, he is an active causal agent. The Bible also appears to claim that there are naturally occurring events; that is, in addition to divine causality there is natural causality. The thesis explores whether dual causality is theologically viable; whether nature may allow space for God to govern without violation of the laws of nature; and the desirability of causal closure. Having arrived at the conclusion that dual causality is viable both theologically and physically, and that causal closure is desirable, it will be proposed that dual causality is a feature of the world. Arguably the most notable dispute in twentieth century physics was that between Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein, culminating in the EPR thought experiment. The EPR paradox was refined and clarified by John Bell into an 'essential conflict' between special relativity and any interpretation of quantum mechanics. As a test case dual causality will be applied to Bell's essential conflict. The thesis claims that dual causality resolves Bell's essential conflict and also provides the most complete explanation of the world as revealed by modern physics. It will suggest that a theological interpretation of quantum mechanics may be possible.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Causality (Physics) ; God ; Quantum theory