Mysteries Unraveled?

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We are human beings. We are curious by nature. We like to explore new things. We like to invent new technologies. We possess an unquenchable thirst for adventures that drives us to discover new lands, climb dangerously beautiful mountains – all because we want to know the secrets that our mother Earth and the universe possesses.

We believe in science and technology. We are creating state of the art technologies, taming the raging wind and sea to use their energy for creation of electricity and other purposes. We are researching on nuclear physics – controlling particles. Why? All because we want to invent new things. In this process, we begin to believe that we are the creator of everything. We think we can control all the outcomes. We think science can explain, if not create, everything in this world.

Take an example – Solar Eclipse. During eclipse, the Sun, the Moon and the Earth come in the same line, in the same plane and position in such a manner, that the giant Sun is covered completely by the tiny Moon. See the beauty of alignment. Why does this happen? Who decided this precision? No scientist can answer this “why”. Ask a scientist, “You say universe is expanding. But why?”. No one can answer this. How did universe came into existence – “Big Bang” or something else? Who built the Stonehenge? Who drew the Nazca lines? The figurines in the Easter Islands – how did they come there? There are innumerable mysteries surrounding us – in Earth, outside Earth, in our solar system, outside our solar system – still awaiting to be unraveled. No science has been able to solve these mysteries of universe.

This is where the ability of science becomes limited. We can create a limb with the help of stem cells, but we can’t create life. We can discover many things, but can’t really reason out all the phenomenons surrounding us . That’s why the concept of “God” comes into picture. Whether you are an atheist or not, you can’t unravel these mysteries, at least till now. So, no one can unravel these mysteries ever? Only time can tell.

” The more I try to unravel the mysteries of the world in which we live, the more I come to the conception of a single overruling power – God. “

Henry Eyring

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12 thoughts on “Mysteries Unraveled?

  1. I agree with your questions and inquisitiveness, but I suppose out thoughts diverge when you invoke the concept of God to explain them. What you are using is called the God of Gaps argument. Anything that science has not successfully explained yet is something that was done by God. The problem with this idea is exposed elegantly by Neil DeGrasse Tyson ‘If we go by the God of the Gaps argument, then God is an ever receding pocket of scientific ignorance.’
    Earlier people couldn’t explain day and night so they invoked God. They couldn’t understand solar eclipse so they invoked God. Newton never mentioned God in his entire book, I forget the name, it was Principalia or something, but in the very end he faced a problem he was unable to solve. At that point of the book, and no where else, he invoked God. So to be honest, invoking God does seem a lot like an intellectual cop out.

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  2. Thank you for adding all these info. It certainly enriched my knowledge a lot. But in my post, I didn’t justified every unsolved problem to be created by God.
    I told the concept of “God” came more vividly in these issues. I also told whether you are an atheist or not, you can’t answer these question, at least until now.
    And as far as the scientists are concerned – most of them were believers of God, which was ironical enough. You mentioned Newton in Principalia Mathematica. Einstein called himself “religious non-believer”. Niels Bohr told was fascinated about “sulbasutras” and was a believer of God.
    So surely it’s a fact of debate, which has not been solved yet – probably will never be.

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  3. Well first I used Newton to prove an example where the concept of God was used as an excuse for an intellectual cop out. Your mention of religious scientists appears to be an argument from authority. There is no authority in philosophical discussions, so it doesn’t make sense to name famous scientists who are believers. I don’t believe you did this on purpose ; it’s a logical fallacy that the best of us may stumble into.
    Secondly, the way you use God does sound like a variable. I’d say you’re talking deism which does present a reasonable case. Your views seem to be, if I’m not mistaken, that whatever created the universe is God, rather than God created the universe. Einstein, whom you mentioned, was actually firmly against the notion of a personal God, and I have a similar view.
    I do admire your inquisitiveness, and your good natured approach towards comments, even those that may at first glance appear rather criticising.

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  4. I mentioned scientists’ name not to justify “God”, but to point out even scientists can be believer of “God”.
    Einstein told he was not an atheist. He did not believe in personal God , which in his opinion was naive. He described himself as “religious non – believer”. I am quoting again.
    And I am not saying anything for or against the existence of “God” or the creation of universe by him. But, until and unless one can explain each and everything in this universe with “logic and science” – confusion will always be there.
    I respect your quest for science and logic in every aspect. But the problem is, when something can’t be explained by science, one can’t say it “must” be “logical”. He may say it should be logical and then go for search of truth. Science can’t be infallible as well.
    There are innumerable phenomenons that are not explained by science till now. Until explained, they remain mystery. Until mystery, “God” remains. “God” or “unexplained force” – whatever we say.

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  5. I am a firm believer in science. But, indeed, we have gotten to a point where science is beginning to meld with what seems almost like magic. Take physics, for example.

    Quantum physicists, such as Stephen Hawking, are trying to fathom how our universe was created. What are they thinking? That there is not one universe, but multiple universes, each with their own laws of nature, physics—everything—and that when two universes collide, or divide, that creates a new universe. It is possible that we may even be able to travel between universes (not any time soon, of course). This is a hypothesis.

    You may find quantum mechanics fascinating, Nemo. There’s even evidence from the quantum world that there is a sort of ‘afterlife’. There are plenty of great videos and articles on the internet that help explain these phenomena—and I’d be happy to discuss it all with you!

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  6. As a matter of fact, I am quite interested in quantum physics and it used to be my favourite subject apart from maths in school and college days. But I didn’t know about “afterlife” concept associated with quantum theory!! I will certainly love to discuss this with you!! It’s great to find someone who has got same interest!! Thanks 😊😊

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  7. Wow, so you have studied areas of quantum physics? I’ve been looking forward to the day when I could talk to someone about it!
    The afterlife concept is tied with the theories of parallel universes. Our universe is one of the many, perhaps infinite, universes that exist. When we die, it is our bodies that decay, but our consciousness is transported to another universe where we might still be alive.
    This is hypothetical, but I happen to believe this knowing that “no condition is permanent.” Everything is recycled in some way. When we die, our bodies decay, and form new life from the ground up (So, perhaps our consciousness does the same).
    While this “afterlife” is not one of Heaven or Hell, it still proposes the idea that we are transcendent in some way. What do you think about this?
    (Also, I sent you a quick email, when you have the chance.)

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  8. I happen to be an engineer – so I studied quantum theory in scool as well as in college 😊 Concept of “uncertainty” was magnificent to me.. 😊
    This is an interesting concept!! I know about parallel universe theory but didn’t know about this hypothesis. I am a person of open mind and I do not reject any idea that may seem “absurd”. There are lots of things which can’t be explained by science – till date.
    Personally yes I believe in rebirth, spirit (I experienced a number of weird phenomena and dreams) and this parallel universe theory can certainly be a hypothetical explanation to this.
    I haven’t checked my mail recently. I will surely check today 😊😊 Its great to find someone with similar field of interest!! 😊😊

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