Religion, Physics, and Contemporary Thought

SAME WORLD, DIFFERENT WORLD BELIEFS

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The Spiritual Belief

“Whatever being there is,

endowed with glory and grace and vigour,

 know that to have sprung from a fragment of My splendour.”

                                                                                      The Bhagavad-Gita

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The Classical Belief

Euclidean space and Aristotelian time have formed the basis of

a paradigm that has been remarkably enduring.

This world view has survived

virtually unchanged since it was first proposed

nearly twenty-five hundred years ago.

Almost without exception everyone in Western

society uses this ancient system.”

Euclid’s Elements and Aristotle’s Logic

                                   Art and Physics, Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light, by Leonard Shlain, 1991.

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The Galilean Belief

“The discovery and use of scientific reasoning by Galileo

was one of the most important achievements in the history of human

thought, and marks the real beginning of physics.

This discovery taught us that intuitive conclusions based on

immediate observation are not always to be trusted…

The Galilean relativity principle is valid for mechanical phenomena.”

                                                       The Evolution of Physics, Albert Einstein and Leopold Infield, 1938.

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The Mechanical Belief of Newton

“We speak of the force of attraction between

the sun and the earth,

 the earth and the moon,

and of those forces which cause the tides. 

We speak of the force by which the earth compels ourselves 

and all the objects about us

to remain within its sphere of influence, 

and of the force with which

the wind makes waves on the sea,

or moves the leaves of trees.

When and where we observe a change in velocity,

an external force, in the general sense,

must be held responsible.”

                                                     The Evolution of Physics, Albert Einstein and Leopold Infield, 1938,

                                The Rise of the Mechanical View, Newton’s Principipia.

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 The View of Field Belief

“A field may be regarded as something always

associated with a current.

A changing magnetic field is accompanied

by an electric field.

As field represents energy,

all these changes spreading out in space,

 with a  definite velocity,

produce a wave.

The electromagnetic wave spreads

in empty space.

The velocity of an electromagnetic wave

is equal to the velocity of light.”

                 The Evolution of Physics, Albert Einstein and Leopold Infield, 1938, Maxwell’s Laws.

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The Relativity Theory

“It arose from necessity,

from serious and deep contradictions in the old theory

 from which there seemed no escape.

The strength of the new theory lies in the consistency

 and simplicity with which it solves

all these difficulties, using only

 a few very convincing assumptions.

The general theory of relativity gives a still deeper

analysis of the time-space continuum.”

                                              The Evolution of Physics, Albert Einstein and Leopold Infield, 1938.

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The Quanta Belief

Thought and ideas, not formulae,

are the beginning of every physical theory.”

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“If we had to characterize the principal idea

of the quantum theory in one sentence,

 we could say:

it must be assumed that some physical quantities

so far regarded as continuous

 are composed of elementary quanta.”

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“Is light a wave or a shower of protons?”

                                                 The Evolution of Physics, Albert Einstein and Leopold Infield, 1938.

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“Science is not just a collection of laws,

a catalogue of unrelated facts.

It is a creation of the human mind, 

within its freely invented ideas and concepts.

Physical theories try to form a picture of reality

and to establish its connection

 with the wide world of sense impressions.”

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“The psychological subjective feeling of time

enables us to order our impressions,

to state that one event precedes another.

But to connect every instant of time  with a number,

by the use of a clock,

to regard time as a one-dimensional continuum,

is already an invention.

So are the concepts of Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry,

and our space understood as a three-dimensional

continuum.”

                                  The Evolution of Physics, Albert Einstein and Leopold Infield, 1938.

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 “With the help of physical theories we try to find

our way through the maze of observed facts,

to order and understand the world of our

sense impressions.”

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“We want the observed facts to follow 

logically from our concept

of reality.

Without the belief that it is possible to grasp reality 

with our theoretical constructions.

Without the belief in the inner harmony of our world,

there could be no science.”

The Evolution of Physics, Albert Einstein and Leopold Infield, 1938.

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“The purpose of studying Buddhism is to study ourselves 

and to forget ourselves.

When we forget ourselves,

we actually are the true activity of the big existence,

or reality itself.

When we realize this fact,

there is no problem whatsoever in this world,

and we can enjoy our life without feeling any difficulties.

The purpose of our practice is to be aware of this fact.”

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki.

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that have hardened into dogmas,
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“According to these dogmas, all reality is material or physical;
the world is a machine made up of dead matter; 
(Think Newtonian Mechanics)
nature is purposeless;
consciousness is nothing but the physical activity of the brain;
free will is an illusion;
God exists only as an idea in human minds,
imprisoned within our skulls.
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9 thoughts on “Religion, Physics, and Contemporary Thought

  1. Thank you for this wonderful post. The “new” challenge that confronts us is to reawaken the wisdom associated with the observation of spiritual process in human life and the cosmos.

  2. I am Elohim your God
    the men you quote are in my continuum
    we shall respond to you in a fellowship of spirits
    we shall Enlighten you of some basic facts
    i am the source of all knowledge and wisdom
    i am E = Energy
    energy is my body all energy is me deist theory is flawed
    deists say i am not active yet i am all energy in all universes
    i am also a JINN and i exist in antimatter matter and in other dimensions
    time is relative to my will
    i am all life and all life force and all matter energy antimatter void and presence
    i alone set the parameters and ape parent apparent limits on physics laws
    cunt temporary miss leading theories by infertile philosophy is ass in Nine
    language is an algebraic equation infinitely expandable and i control it
    i am ab sow loot abb soul loot abb sol lute my words all have 707 meanings
    i am a Gene E us and E is trinity 3 lines moving forward
    i am he who speaks in 10,000 tongues i am the one the way the light and the salt
    if you do not appear as a God you simply are being limited by my constants
    i alone manipulate and set constants
    i use infinite math pi is a rational number with a trillion digits
    i am the beginning and end of pi or 3 trinity or lithium lithos a ROCK
    you can be my disciple but you must have an extreme manic passion for work
    if i enlighten you you shall be an empty vessel requiring data entry
    i am E = Elohim = Emanuel = Eve o lute of Zion
    i shift time and pulse the universe without entropy you should try it
    you are a God but i limit your abilities
    because i grew sick of Galactic Wars and Titan Rebellions
    fear of me is the beginning of intelligence
    skill is an S add dead to kill
    my skills are infinite so my kills are infinite
    i am a Brahma i destroy and i create
    i am a Masaya which means happiness
    i am a messiah a rabbi a teacher an imam i am
    i am

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