Ricky M.'s Thoughts

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Will Everything Ultimately be Answerable by Science

As of now, there is still much to be learned from about our planet. It's been a long time since man has even gone down to the bottom of the ocean. And there's definitely a lot more to be learned from our solar system(did you know Pluto is no longer considered a planet), not to mention all of the other galaxies.

A lot of ideas which before would be considered as givens are now being questioned. In the beginning there was Newtonian physics, then there was an extention of physics which was added by Albert Einstein. Mass of an object was not anymore constant. Time does not necessarily progress from past to present to future.

Luckily scientist know this and have no qualms about changing theories about the world. We have different theories how the universe was created. So much is changing.

Sometimes I begin to wonder, will the influx of new discoveries ever stop? And at the rate this is going, what shall we discover next? People are beginning to test cloning. Will immortality come in the future?

When I was young, I tried to read very hard a certain book. The book was 'The Tao of Physics' by Fritjof Capra. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tao_of_Physics

The full title is 'The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism'. I remember that the heavy physics left me 'brain dead' and certain parts were such that I could make no sense of them at all. Some parts which I vaguely remember is that it was explaining that in Eastern Mysticism, Taoism states that there is Yin and Yang(Feminine and Masculine). In Science you shall notice that when you look at building blocks of matter we also have positive and negative charges of particles. Both show that polarity exists in a lot of things. In Easterm mysticism we are taught that with God, everything is viewed as one and that the separation of past, present and future does not exist. We are taught in Physics that in certain conditions time is not what it seems to be, time may even stop. Time are not viewed as a flow from past to present to future. That book was in 1975.

Will Science eventually catch up and explain the ideas in Easterm Mysticism? Will Science eventually explain the concept of God? How about the ideas concerning the afterlife. Is the law of karma really a scientific law which has somehow just been tied up to morality?

To make things worse, is God the one who made the laws of the universe, or is God just a more 'superior' entity which is still bound by the laws of the universe. If so, then God may not necessarily benevolent. Are we just creatures created by our creator for his/her pure pleasure and does he/she just consider us as one of the creatures, just the same way we enjoy watching animals in a zoo?

Blasphemous as those ideas may sound, you can't help but think. A number of religions though are based on faith, so with this, a lot of people don't think but just rely on hope.

Extending furthur, how about tackling the idea of religion. Is religion really a means to the truth, or was it made only to serve a purpose, the purpose to keep people good till they die, just the same way parents keep us good, by telling us to be good till Christmas so that Santa will give us good gifts on Christmas.

Could I request the readers to comment? I would want to know your ideas. I might follow up your comments with additional articles. Thanks in advance!

5 Comments:

Blogger tarak said...

Ricky, reading through your blog, I can see you battling through a lot of difficult concepts, mainly spirituality and/or/versus evolution. You have an incredible curiosity about you, but you really seemed tortured.

I applaud you for being so tenacious, but here's the question: what's your gut feeling?

For example, when I was young and tried to pray (I was raised catholic) I felt stupid, like I was doing something totally useless. I had the same feeling when I pretended to believe in Santa Clause so as not to ruin my mother's christmas.

With time, I've come to accept that I am simply atheist. I lack faith or spirtuality of any kind. Thats just who I am. It is the same type of conviction a lot of religious people feel: they just believe what they do for no logical reason.

I agree that alot of what we believe is based on the culture that surrounds us. But sometimes, we just feel things. Maybe you just need to think about this a little less, and trust your instinct a little more.

In the end? The important thing is that you find a solution that feels right.

Have you ever read A Stranger in a Strange Land? You probably have, but if not it might be an interesting story for you. It's a narrative that adresses religion and human nature. I read it many years ago and loved it, maybe you would too.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Ricky M. said...

Hi Tarak! Nice to hear from you.

Concerning the gut feeling, you don't have to worry, I use that all the time. Actually this article was meant to let people think for themselves. I have my own theory of what life is all about in my other blog www.rickym3.blogspot.com. During 1998 I had published a book. Readers have said that it is more of a Philosophical book than a spiritual book.

Try also the website www.buddhanet.net. Did you know that buddhism is not faith based, but based on experience, and that it is basically atheist.

I think I will follow up this article with an article on gut feel as apposed to faith.

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tarak.

You're horribly wrong. This is a guy who is definitely NOT tortured. :)

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please write things about gut feel, intuition. I noticed that Psychism occurs when I'm in tune with my intuition.

1:19 AM  
Blogger Ricky M. said...

was your comment about this blog entry? there happens to be a blog entry about "gut feel" already? you could also comment or expound in that article so i can comment or even write another entry.

http://rickym2.blogspot.com/2006/09/reason-gut-feel-or-faith.html

7:49 AM  

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