Wednesday, April 18, 2012

“Eat my shorts” –Bart Simpson-

“Eat my shorts” –Bart Simpson-

Why do good things happen to bad people? Or vice versa why do bad things happen to good people? This is a question that all theologists and preachers of the faith abhor and the answers may vary, from cause and effect in this life, to next life, rewards in heaven etc.

As science learns more and more about the nature of the universe- religion and its scriptures tend to become marginalized. Believers always state that God is in the details whilst Atheists would rather state it is the Devil that lies in the details. There are some things which may not be immediately perceptible to human senses.

Like all paradoxes in life, this is also difficult to accept as it is counter intuitive to our conditioned mind to accept that – things which appear morally wrong appear correct. A quirk of fate is the plausible explanation as both in life and science; paradoxes are the exceptional norm rather than the normal exception. The imprimatur of religion is embedded in our minds via social, parental and cultural influences and is difficult to dislodge; unless we are willing to unfold our own myths.

In science all matter is pored over through a microscope and reams of data go to form a quantum academia and fill excel sheets. The simple statistical answer to these questions is known as the Simpson Paradox. It simply states that when the parts and whole indicate the opposite, there is a lurking data nuance you have missed.
There is no reason why it happens; can we draw conclusions based on selective or segmented outcomes? Causality is contextualized by this paradox; at least we do not have to crib about life being unfair, we just have to find the casual relationship between the factors that impacted the data.

The Vedantic world view that “Nothing is real is more aligned if want to follow the Upanishads which state “Truth lies everywhere and partially in lies”. The truth is out there; truth may be elusive, it may even be unknowable ~ but that doesn’t mean as mystics aver, that reality is just a matter of subjective perspectives, though as Errol Morris states “that is one way of seeing things, and is as good as another. Otherwise we may be hoist with our own scriptural petard.
We all think we “know” what we are doing but nobody knows. –Vinay- (Cocktail of Quantum spirituality and science.)

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