Monday, June 07, 2010

Retroactive Causality

(At last night's Redeemer Ministry School graduation event RMS students gave the faculty this gift of a huge rice krispie treat cake, with many symbols on it representing things we taught them this year. E.g., at the bottom we read "p-zombies' = "philosophical zombies," from my presntation of David Chalmers's zombie argument against naturalism.)

William Dembski, in The End of Christianity, argues that the fall of man is responsible for evil that happened prior to the Fall. He does this by showing that present events can have retroactive causality, thus influencing past events.

As wild as this may sound, the idea of retroactive causality is "gaining ground. A succession of quantum experiments confirm its predictions—showing, bafflingly, that measurements performed in the future can influence results that happened before those measurements were ever made." (See Discover Magazine, "Back From the Future," April 2010)