Sunday, November 25, 2012
It is unfortunate that some ideologues within religions tend to set up science and religion as binaries. During the time of Roger Bacon, father of modern scientific research, scholars of all creeds, religions and beliefs were welcome. Modern science may seem Eurocentric as it was part of the imperialist expansion. For centuries it was thought that science was opposed to religion because it believed in materialistic reducibility. Minds or consciousness could in this sense be reduced to a manifestation of the biological operations of the brain and nerve cells. But quantum physics has now ushered in an era of uncertainty in matter that needs interaction of a mind to resolve it. Carl Jung believed that the barren materialism of science and technology research – and organized religions steeped in mysterious myths has “desacralised” the world. As Sir Rudolf Peierls the physicist stated. “The premise that you can describe in terms of physics the whole function of human beings including knowledge and consciousness is not wholly tenable ………something is missing. Materialism is not consistent with quantum mechanics. With science comes questioning and is not as dangerous as religion which come with fixed ideology and dogmas. Stephen Barr states “if the human mind transcends matter to some extent beyond the physical universe, there might also, exist an ultimate spiritual mind. According to Indic philosophy this phenomenon of manifestation is a single thought on the canvas of pure consciousness – the boundless space with nether inside or outside, where the universe is born, develops and perishes, in a never ending cycle. That is why the Nobel laureate Engine Wigner endorsed the Vedanta philosophy practiced in India by the ancient sages – especially its theory of the universe as an all – pervading consciousness. – Compiled with thoughts of Professor Stephen Barr & Mukul Sharma.