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Du livre "Le Principe Moteur de L'Univers et l'Espace-Temps"


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This book establishes links between philosophical, scientific and theological questions: it attempts to unite Aristotle, Saint Thomas Aquinas (Doctor of the Church), Albert Einstein and perhaps also Pierre Teilhard de Chardin by proposing a new worldview. What can we retain from the Aristotelian doctrine of the four causes to explain movement? Is the notion of a driving principle for the physical world still of relevance today, even though we cannot be satisfied with Aristotle’s representation of the world? We need to see whether, after carrying out a causal analysis, we can formulate a different worldview and establish links between the two framework-theories of contemporary physics: relativity and quantum theory. The author agrees with relativity that distances can contract, but he also thinks that they can expand, and that time does not necessarily progress at the same rate for everyone. Moreover, by way of a precise demonstration, he calls into question the principle of “relativity of simultaneity” which forms the basis for the representation of the space-time of relativity. This will perhaps appear highly unlikely to the scientific world, notably because of its implications for the speed of light, but all the arguments are given in chapters 1 and 10. Time cannot already be written in a space-time block universe, as it is more or less implied by relativity theory, and thus there must be a present moment in the universe. Moreover, if we want to have a relational view of space, motion and time, we must arrive at the same conclusions. A relational view of space leads to a relational view of motion, which means that any movement implies a current cause: the relationship between bodies. However, we can show that this relationship cannot only be due to quantified matter, which would call for a distinct driving principle acting in an immanent manner and by interrelationship, and which could very well be spiritual in nature. Whether this principle is an energy principle or one of a more spiritual nature, it could be the cause of the non-locality of the phenomena that can be observed with correlated particles in quantum theory. Readers are not obliged to appreciate the book from a Christian perspective, other religious traditions can make their own interpretation.