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May 26, 2008


VP, we're back from what proved to be a worthwhile, mind-expanding trip. It amuses me to read that you imagined crafty hints in my words, but hey, if they keep provoking deep thoughts (including any on history that might be forthcoming) I won't protest too much.

As for the big question, I found notable the wide range of responses from the scientists. It seems fitting that this debate is so completely American (and not continental European or Asian)—an evangelical conception of science in America is now trying to replace its evangelical conception of the Abrahamic God. This culture war has exposed to me the dangerous oversimplification and gross misunderstanding of both science and metaphysics—and ultimately, the rational deficit—in a few too many self-proclaimed votaries of the "reason camp".

I too liked two physicists (Phillips and Hoodbhoy; there is a third one as well: Stenger. Correct me if your choice was different). Groopman, Miller, and Midgley also resonated with me.

"Does science make belief in God obsolete?"

This is so Western religion based a question!

In my MBA school in India we had a special course.. where we were asked to think on something esoteric or out of ordinary and write on it. My term paper was the difference in genesis of Vedic Science and Modern Science as a thinking.

My conclusion then is still valid in my mind. Here is the major difference:

Modern Science started as a reaction to Dark Ages religious/superstitious thinking. So, Science was always anti-thetical to God... Science basically started on a journey to "recreate" what came naturally.. and that has lead to more pollution. It is the thinking construct that I am more interested in.

Vedic or Eastern Science started as a way to understand God. Think of it like this - Modern scientists started to think that if I could understand how Lightning is created I can prove its not created by God. Vedic thinker went the other way - he thought that since lightning is a manifestation of God, so if I could understand how it is created, I can probably understand God better. That is why most practices were in sync with nature (from Yoga to Ayurved).. again it is the scientific thinking/construct and NOT the accomplishments that I am talking about.


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