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Cao Jun | Institute of High Energy Physics | P.R. China

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God could not be everywhere

Today I saw the personalized signature of my sister on QQ (the most popular instant messenger in China), saying “God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.” Obviously she cites this Jewish Proverb for the coming Mother’s day. So I said, if God stays absolutely at rest, his location is totally uncertain according to the Quantum Theory. Therefore he could be everywhere. This is Uncertainty Principle introduced by Heisenberg, whose epitaph reads “He lies here, somewhere”.

“But God could not appear everywhere at the same time, could he?”

“Eh~, that’s true. If you see God somewhere, to keep unitarity, he can not be elsewhere. But before you see God, he could be everywhere”

上帝不能到处都在

今天看到我妹妹在QQ个性签名上用英语写着“上帝不能到处都在,所以他创造了母亲”。显然是为了迎接母亲节引用的一句犹太格言。我跟她开玩笑说,如果上帝保持绝对静止的,根据量子力学,他的位置完全不可确定,在任何地方都有出现的几率。提出这个“测不准原理”的人叫海森堡,他的墓碑上写着“他长眠于此处,某个(不确定的)地方”。

“那上帝不能同时出现在所有的地方吧?”

“那倒是!如果你看见了上帝,那么根据幺正性,他不会同时出现在别的地方。不过在你看到上帝之前,他还是到处都在。”

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