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2. Human Understanding of Life on Earth

 

Science helps you to make a picture with your digital camera but it cannot tell you whether the picture you made is beautiful or not...

 

Human   understanding   of  life   on Earth    falls    into    three    mutually interacting   components.   The   first two are the physiological component and the emotional component. Both of them  involve a complex array of voluntary and involuntary functions often mediated by hormonal  secretions and nervous  systems that are very rudimentary among plants and microorganisms and  extremely sophisticated in the animal kingdom, especially in the human being. Interestingly, there is a considerable amount of overlap in what we call normal states and what we call disease    states  in  both  of these  categories.   Life  is   sustained  through  the mechanism of sexual and asexual reproduction, energy exchanges internally and with the environment, involving numerous  cycling and recycling processes.Predator and prey, and the associated experiences of pain, pleasure and all other emotions, are part and parcel of this whole drama within the context of the  survival instinct at individual and societal levels. Why the drama of life on Earth has to play out in this particular manner is beyond science. Science helps you to make a picture with your digital  camera but it cannot tell you whether the picture you made is beautiful or not or whether you should have made it at all in the first place. Science helps you to make guns but cannot tell you what  you should use them for or if you should not use them at all.And that brings us to the third component of the three mutually interacting components of human understanding of life on Earth; that is  the spiritual component. Our spiritual quest as human beings overlaps our singing the song of life and the human condition through music, poetry, arts and literature. It propels us to ask  questions such as "Who am I? "Why am I here?, "Why is anything here", "Where was I before I was born?", "Where will I go after I die?", etc.

 

 

...neither the Big-Bang theory nor the Human Genome project have the potential to solve the mysteries of the universe or the mysteries of life...

—Freeman Dyson

 

As physicist Freeman Dyson [5] once remarked, neither the Big-Bang theory nor the Human Genome project have the   potential   to    solve   the mysteries of the universe or the mysteries of life  that pertain to questions like this (Poem 4 in the Annex).We seek answers to such questions through our religious paradigms. These paradigms have arisen from the insights of spiritual masters  like Krishna, Moses, Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad and others like them in the recent history of our planet, within the context of revelations believed to have come from a higher power that is  outside our space-time.

 

Creativity in its finest form contains something that we cannot normally explain by the normal algorithmic process of discovery. It contains a non-algorithmic process, a non-algorithmic operation.

—George Sudarshan

 

In any case, knowledge in the final analysis is the sum total of all what all life forms on Earth have experienced thus far from the very beginning of the origins of life on Earth. And then there are  the experiences of life forms in other parts of our universe and possibly other universes. Human scientific knowledge is but a small fraction of this totality.

Contrary to what is generally believed, faith and reasoning go hand in hand in our thought processes, even in our everyday life. Even within the context of scientific research, reason and intuition  go hand in hand, the latter being a lower level of what we refer to as revelation in religious terms. As George Sudarshan [6] puts it, "Creativity in its finest form contains something that we cannot  normally explain by the normal algorithmic process of discovery. It contains a non-algorithmic process, a non-algorithmic operation."