Since we appear to be having Science Week here on Buddhism Blog, let me call your attention to a Tricycle blog post on Buddhism and Science. Adam Frank, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester, a writes about he popular belief that quantum physics theories confirm Buddhist teachings. This is a mistaken view, Professor Frank says.
Quantum physics raises powerful, intriguing questions in this domain but it does not answer them. Rushing to embrace an interpretation that confirms a pre-established belief does great violence to the essence and spirit of science. More importantly it does violence to the spirit of authentic spiritual endeavor that, at its best, contemplative practice embodies.
I confess to being guilty of spreading the Buddhism-quantum physics conflation, but I also confess that I don't know quantum physics from chickens.
The more interesting question might be why it seems important to believe quantum physics confirms Buddhism. This may be a highly individual matter. Certainly, many of us left our religions-of-origin because they clashed with science -- I mean, who you gonna believe? A 5,000-year-old book or your own lying eyes? We may need to reassure ourselves that we're not walking into the same trap with the new religion.
(Note: If you want to argue with me that Buddhism is not a religion, you may do so in the forums.)
Confirmation of Buddhist understanding by an empirical source is not only unnecessary, I would argue it is detrimental to Buddhist practice to seek such a thing, since our understanding comes through intimate experience and not conceptual knowledge.