This idea, which was greatly promoted by the scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, can be readily verified when we put various natural objects under a microscope. New wonders open up to us when we examine more interior levels of structure.
Such thinking is given a nod until we get to the non-classical world of quantum physics. In this micro-reality rational structure and geometry seems to be replaced by a wavelike “fog” or “cloud” of possibilities. Thus, perfection of form goes out the window.
Were Swedenborg’s ideas limited by the thinking of his era?
Swedenborg transcended the scientific thinking of his era. He claimed that phenomena continues to increase in perfection even as one moves deeper into the non-physical and non-local realm of the Spiritual World. Amazingly, Swedenborg articulated a model of forms and energies that lawfully removed physical constraints from their activity. This unique model included everything from terrestrial inertia in the spacetime arena to God’s divine influx in a heavenly abode.
Somewhere between classical physics and infinite spiritual flow Swedenborg has described the geometrical principles behind quantum uncertainty. He called this model of reality his Doctrine of Forms.
Today, Swedenborg would simply describe the quantum fog as consisting of forms and trajectories with greater freedom of activity. He maintained that increased curvature is the means by which forces and forms gain greater freedom and remove resistance from their trajectories. What he discovered, beyond anyone’s imagination, was that curvatures could be increased by infinite principles and degrees!
In the deeper world where physical constraints upon action and form are removed, Swedenborg maintained that order and structure continue to increase. In these innermost levels of reality we have the structure of human thinking, angelic thinking and Divine thinking. In the reverse (downward) order of this multi-leveled model of dynamical magnitudes we get the means by which non-material possibilities become formal events in space and time.
Modern science calls this movement from possibilities into formal outcomes of measurement the collapse of the wavefunction. Swedeborg called it God’s Love (as dynamic universal substance and perfection) making a discontinuous and lawful “jump” into new (and more constrained) unities of structure and order.
My book Proving God offers further explanation of Swedenborg’s Doctrine of Forms.