Sunday, November 13, 2005

Philosophy of Life!

Today's Science is nothing but a well developed offshoot of the primitive philosophy. In olden times, in europe as well as asia, science and philosophy were entwined with each other.

Then as the caravan proceeded, it got split into two groups with two different sort of approach to life and natural phenomena. The logical offshoot is what we today know as science while the intuitional offshoot is today's philosophy.

Even in science, its branching happened much later. The main aim of science is to understand the reasoning behind the phenomena occuring in nature and use the principles of nature in devising different instruments for our comfort. Initial scientists were of the inter-disciplinary kind. For e.g. Robert hook, he has important contributions in the field of biology as well as physics. Other biologists also had an understanding of optics and hence could refine the quality of microscopes with passing time. Best example of chemist-physicists are Michael Faraday and Leonard Jones.

Then again, as the caravan proceeded, science also got split into three main pure science branches viz. chemistry, biology and physics.

But chemistry and biology are bounded fields and quite different from primitive philosophy. While physics remains unbounded and tries to explain all the phenomena occuring in nature. And it is the only pure science field which has a common boundary with philosophy. And if this boundary is transformed into a fine gradient, mankind will understand " The Philosophy of Life " logically.

This gradient may be achieved from both the ends. Along with advancement in physics and its concepts about the fundamental forces, there has been great refinement in our views of God and Life. Today, we have amongst us, theories such as theories such as Spinoza and Gaia which are enough to force one into contemplation.

Finally,I'll quote my ideal:

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when one contemplates the mysteries of eternity... Never lose a holy curiosity.”

"I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings."

- Albert Einstein.

For an ending remark i'll like to say that in the past, science had seperated from philosophy and now, its time for their eternal re-union.

Monday, April 25, 2005

An Atheist Speaks

When one gets ready to believe that there is nothing like God, he gets haunted by the thoughts like "after death" and "before birth". Then a person feels as if life is merely a biological event. And his existence is nothing but an infinitely small fraction of a moment in eterntiy. This drags him back to believe that life is human centred and there exists a God whose form resembles to us.

When the religion talks about life after death, incarnation, reincarnation, moksha,nirvana 'n all - i doubt it.
Here again the above person is forced to believe in life after death and the greater philosophy of life [which says that life on earth is a shadow of the eternal radiation].
Unless a person is brave enough to believe that life is nothing but a biological event and his existence is not more than his life-span, he would surely believe in the above philosophy.

One other fantastic theory that strikes my mind is that some of our ancestors were great souls and they knew exactly what kind of animal a man is. He is always unsatisfied and wants more than he has. He is intelligent whose intelligence increases by each passing moment. And he will lose morality unless ruled by an eternal king. So these sages created an imaginative character of God and made him responsible for all the things and occurences around us. They were excellent orators and so gathered a big crowd around them and said " Look, if you want to harm others do it. But remember God is making a note of all of your actions and you'll suffer in your life further. And also you will go to hell or heaven on the basis of your actions." These great souls then created a code of conduct that every man should follow to reach heaven. You will see the base of implementation of each religion is fear, the fear that you'll go to hell, you will be punished by God, you will not attain moksha, you will suffer in next birth, you will ...... if you harm others. If we represent them in this way : "Do good, you'll go to heaven" then it is simply changing the grammatical form of the statement but the root remains in the same soil of fear as it was in the above statements.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Future, Destiny and Mutation

“It is bound to occur what is held by fate for each of us” – This notion has been widely propagated. But our life is what we make of it. Proverb ‘You will be what you will to be’, tells you all I want to say. Fate is surely the thing that governs our life but it is our past that determines the fate and it is our present that is going to be the past tomorrow. So it all depends on the way we treat our present and will find that fate is not an immutable thing. The only immutable and eternal thing in this world is time which when flies past cannot be changed.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

When science becomes a rival…

Richard Dawkins has pointed out the three bad reasons for believing anything and they are ‘tradition’, ‘authority’ and ‘revelation’. As a matter of tradition our ancestors have passed on to us many superstitions many of which have also been exposed. Dawkins explains that a story passed on through several generations over a period of centuries sometimes transforms into a truth. Of the other two bad reasons, revelation is never to be believed thing, as it is very much similar to intuition and should undergo the same process that a hypothesis has to. Authority, as a reason for believing something, means believing it because you are told to believe it by someone who is important.

Science has made our lives easier and comfortable too. But science becomes a rival when it opposes the beliefs of the religious and social world (remember, what Copernicus and Galileo were rewarded with for their discoveries).Science tries to find out the root cause for every occurrence and in doing so it has exposed many superstitions and misbeliefs. When Copernicus proposed heliocentric system for planets and the sun, orthodox christians opposed it. At first he feared the oppostion and so he kept the circulation of his theory limited to his friends only but then later on on being forced by somebody he made it public.Fortunately or unfortunately Copernicus was not alive to face the allegations.

(Richard Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist; a reader in Department of Zoology at Oxford University. His essay ‘Good and Bad Reasons for Believing’ is included amongst many other by prominent scientists in ‘How Things Are’- a good book to read for science lovers as well as for those who hate it.)