Thursday, 27 June 2013

I am a Man! © Bettman/Corbis - Work man protesting for equal civil rights in Memphis US 1968

Science & Religion

This very interesting article was written in Brain Pickings (a website about philosophy, writing etc) and it refers to Carl Sagan, a very famous Scientist, his thoughts about Science and Religion. Let me share with you one of the passages but hey!There is much more and of course, even better, the book!
About the awe in Nature:
"In its encounter with Nature, science invariably elicits a sense of reverence and awe. The very act of understanding is a celebration of joining, merging, even if on a very modest scale, with the magnificence of the Cosmos. And the cumulative worldwide build-up of knowledge over time converts science into something only a little short of a trans-national, trans-generational meta-mind.
“Spirit” comes from the Latin word “to breathe.” What we breathe is air, which is certainly matter, however thin. Despite usage to the contrary, there is no necessary implication in the word “spiritual” that we are talking of anything other than matter (including the matter of which the brain is made), or anything outside the realm of science. On occasion, I will feel free to use the word. Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or of acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both."

I thought it sheds lights into the debate about the compatibility between Science and Religion. I hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, 25 May 2013

The Philosophy of Immortality

“Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.”

Monday, 29 April 2013

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Ancient Egypt

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Ancient Egypt, a set on Flickr.
Beliefs in Immortality: The cult of Osiris,The weighting heart ceremony (Anubis, Osiris and Goddess Maat), Book of the Dead...

Thursday, 4 April 2013

The problems of modern Philosophy and Science: The Philosophy of the Higgs

An excellent article about Science and Philosophy with very relevant Epistemological (study of Knowledge) questions. Read here

Monday, 11 February 2013

Friday, 8 February 2013

Excellent resources about scientific method

Curious about scientific method (of acquiring knowledge)? Find out more,  resources available here. Try to answer these questions:
Is it possible to acquire knowledge through religion/religious experience? Is it similar or different from scientific knowledge? How/Why is it similar or different?

The Scientific Power of Thought

Friday, 1 February 2013

Horizon: Infinity (BBC)

Giving sequence to the last part of the documentary The End of God? It covers some of complexities of Modern Physics. Find out the fascination with infinity and how it challenges traditional Physics.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

The Astronomer

This is a famous painting called "The Astronomer" done by a Dutch painter called Vermeer.  It symbolizes huge transformations in Vermeer's society, Netherlands in 1668. At the time the Church was losing control over knowledge and a set of new ideas were taking place: Reason and Science . This work makes a clear and direct reference to one of the icons of the Scientific Revolution, Galileo Galilei. To know more about the "father of modern science" please read here. You can see the original of "The Astronomer" in Paris, at the Louvre.