Flash Fiction #137

God's Dice



Steeped in the all-permeating Christian culture of the early Twentieth Century, Albert Einstein is said to have claimed that, “God does not play dice with the Universe.”

No less religious, but perhaps more pragmatic, Stephen Hawking insists that, “Of course God plays dice with the Universe. Just sometimes He throws them where we can’t see them.”

I don’t think that I’ve found evidence of God playing dice, but this might be proof of a minor god, or a giant, playing dominoes.  (Not ordering Domino’s – all gods and giants eat at Papa John’s or Pizza Hut.)  Is that a double six?


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23 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #137

  1. Jim Wheeler says:

    My aging brain cells couldn’t recall the context of your Einstein quote, so I looked it up. (Thanks for the push!)

    Albert, who was not at all religious by the way, was referring to

    . . . how bizarre quantum mechanics is as a theory. While most of the universe is deterministic and measurable, quantum mechanics says there’s a world of tiny particles behind everything that’s governed by total randomness.

    For example, a major part of quantum theory, called the Heisenberg Uncertainly Principle, says it’s impossible to know both the speed and position of a single particle at the same time. So in quantum mechanics nothing can be certain, and we can only describe things in terms of probabilities.

    Einstein didn’t like this one bit. He believed there must be some underlying laws of nature that could define particles and make it possible to calculate both their speed and position.

    However, all experiments since have proved that Hawking is right and the dice are always rolling.

    The rest of a good short article on the subject is at this link.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      While Einstein managed to think great thoughts, he was still a product of his times, and he and his ego really had trouble thinking outside the box. He once insisted that if observed fact disagreed with his theory, Nature would have to change, because his calculations were correct. 😳

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Ha, nice musings – and I’m in the mood for a pizza now…


    • Archon's Den says:

      Nice! So my musings are amusing….or is it the reverse??! 😕
      Ah, I’ll come with you for pizza. What’s your favorite chain? 🙂

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      • Iain Kelly says:

        Got to say Pizza Hut or Pizza Express, but not averse to a Domino’s if you fancy it?


      • Archon's Den says:

        I’d never heard of Pizza Express, and thought it might be only in USA. Research shows that it’s mainly UK. Their ‘Find A Store’ doesn’t even list Canada, although there is one outlet, out on the edge of our 500,00 pop. conurbation.
        I’ve never tried Domino’s, but have seen lots of their little delivery cars rushing in and out of the neighbourhood. 🙂


  3. Or maybe bowling like Rip Van Winkle’s phantom sailors?
    Never heard that quote from Einstein but I agree; if God is indeed the creator of all, He doesn’t need to play games of chance.
    Unique and interesting response to the prompt.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Or, maybe a roll of His strange dice got the dinosaurs taken off the board, to make room for me. I’m not complaining. I think sometimes He smokes strange Heavenly dope – have you seen a platypus?? 😛


      • The “land down under” does seem to be a world unto itself but Planet Earth is indeed full of oddities — if we have a right to define “odd.” Platypus look very normal to each other. 🙂


  4. Miles Rost says:

    Giants playing Yahtzee! Well done!


  5. This was a great read. Good job.


  6. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Another story loaded with information. Loved that last paragraph, the last line had me laughing.


    • Archon's Den says:

      Glad you liked it. It’s another of a type I learned from an old Sci-Fi writer. So often, I seem to make a “diagonal-relationship” observation. My tales are on the other side of the street, facing in the opposite direction. Throw in some factual trivia and some humor, and my readers learn things while having fun. 😆

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  7. BrainRants says:

    Yeah, playing dice… that looks like a meteorite. Jeez… *shudder*


  8. shimoniac says:

    Well, double six is better than triple six I suppose. 😉


  9. Nan Falkner says:

    Interesting piece! I love it when you smart writers give me an inkling of your brilliance, this is awesome!


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