Atheists and Agnostics (all may come actually) do you at times ponder the immateriality of material?
As a resident of Austin I have some friends studying in our fine Physic’s program here (Many cutting edge developments in “String Theory, etcetera have emerged in our local programs) … Though some of the “materialist” dipositions here at ya seem incapable of “thinking outside the box” … this one seems a snap for most of my physic’s friends ..:Our five senses corollate one millionth of the electromagnetic spectrum that we are immersed in .. Therefore the majority of our immediate material universe is occurring in and through us entirely beyond the ken of our perceptions …
Often people in the cutting edge of varied sciences I have found … rather than rotely recycling stale nineteenth century aphorisms of Kant and Des Cartes- as philosophical foundations to renounce religions (ie- “Point to your truths”) … rather , realising that both our five senses and our scientific instruments are processing a perception of such a tiny minority of the universe immediately all around us .
Much like a radio with a needle marking the one signal we are processing while awash in “undetected” frequencies … These modern scientists- astrophysicists, biologists, quantum physicists, chemists .. even in actual applied particle collisions (where they broach quantum conditions theorised to be within exponentiated nanoseconds of the bang)… are often approaching these mysteries with a sense of sanctity (albeit often not the orthodox variety) … Yet I see at ya, rather a brash armchair philosopher approach championing materialism over convictions certain people have regarding their varied faiths ..The “true” scientists of today, I have found are not so dismissive of assumptions of faith .. Within every new pondered constituent appears a new vista and mystery .. Leaving me to ponder (with all we obviously do not perceive) if some vocal materialists here .. ever stop to ponder the immateriality of their materialism?
Yoda.. your categories are too rigid for my tastes .. but thanks for your thoughts ..
” Duck Phup”… my “immediate” means I’m not setting my yardstick to the distant quasars .. my guess is you get my gist .. but myself and Carl Sagan will stand corrected accordingly …
“so what- consider the audience” ..
Thankyou Aurora Dawn .. I love that!
nh barton- your distinction of certainty verse possibility is good here.. yet consider- what is scientific materialism when it no longer concedes “possibilty” .. simply dead dogma,eh?
Tu Nga- you simply rock man!!!
printninja- you are correct I think in what would be welladvised .. lol .. but just look at “the quality” I get … including your esteemed addition!..lol .. I will take quality over quantity any day ..:D
d_chino_m..meant to TY for your early contribution .. Indigo..lol- you and I have more in common than this my current entry may suggest ..:D
Tu Nga,Aurora Dawn and printninja are my favs so far .. and Duck Phup’s fine contributions aren’t lost on me- much that was fine to chew on there too ..
ya ya ya ichimon – getting smaller to muons, and gluons .. the leptons supposedly display certain properties that they can “gust” different directions in “time”…Om sat tat chit ananda! .. Sounds like alot of chit to me .. lol
Miracle whip.. like old Robert Frost(or worse Blake) marrying off fire and ice again..nice!
Best Answer by Tu Nga – Chosen by Asker
Very intelligent question (don’t give me ten points, otherwise the following words will loose their values)!
Nowadays, big brains are thinking much about the mysteries of dark matter, dark energy, and perhaps more materials we may have to call them by adding the epithet ‘dark’ (that science has not shed any light on them yet).
All human beings are rational beings, i.e. they are very, very intelligent, they should not shut their eyes before the spiritual mysteries and realities.
Humility is a sign of wisdom, and not of ignorance.
Four or five of these really deserved best answer… decisions!
New Addition For This Post
It is not wrong to study the physical sciences and apply them to the physical world.
But it is also necessary to study the spiritual sciences and apply them to the spiritual aspects of the human life. Man is not the body; he is body, mind and soul.
All learnings are useless if they don’t contribute to the advancement of the world civilization, physically, humanly and divinely.