“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind” – Albert Einstein Guardian article

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind” – Albert Einstein

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2008/may/12/peopleinscience.religion

Abdu’l-Baha – a holistic view on learning, educating and how to ‘get real’

‘Although to acquire the sciences and arts is the greatest glory of mankind, this is so only on condition that man’s river flow into the mighty sea, and draw from God’s ancient source His inspiration.

When this cometh to pass, then every teacher is as a shoreless ocean, every pupil a prodigal fountain of knowledge.

If, then, the pursuit of knowledge lead to the beauty of Him Who is the Object of all Knowledge, how excellent that goal; but if not, a mere drop will perhaps shut a man off from flooding grace, for with learning cometh arrogance and pride, and it bringeth on error and indifference to God.

The sciences of today are bridges to reality; if then they lead not to reality, naught remains but fruitless illusion. By the one true God! If learning be not a means of access to Him, the Most Manifest, it is nothing but evident loss.’

Abdu’l-Baha, Selections from the Writings of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 110image-scaled696

Some quotations from ‘Mystical Writings of the World’s…

Some quotations from ‘Mystical Writings of the World’s Greatest Physicists’ – ed and Introduction by Ken Wilber

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1″In the mystic sense of the creation around us, in the expression of art, in a yearning towards God, the soul grows upward and finds the fulfillment of something implanted in its nature. The sanction for this development is within us, a striving born with our consciousness or an Inner Light proceeding from a greater power than ours….Whether in the intellectual pursuits of science or in the mystical pursuits of the spirit, the light beckons ahead and the purpose surging in our nature responds.” Sir Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), ‘Defense of Mysticism’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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2″If I were to try to put into words the essential truth revealed in the mystic experience, it would be that our minds are not apart from the world, and the feelings that we have of gladness and melancholy and our yet deeper feelings are not of ourselves alone, but are glimpses of a reality transcending the narrow limits of our particular consciousness – that the harmony and beauty of the face of Nature is, at root, one with the gladness that transfigures the face of man.” Sir Arthur Eddington (1882-1944), ‘Mind Stuff’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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3″The image of the triune God is in the sphere, namely of the Father in the center, of the Son in the outer surface and of the Holy Ghost in the uniformity of connection between point and intervening space or surroundings.” Johannes Kepler, ‘Mysterium Cosmographicum’, quoted by Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958) in ‘Embracing the Rational and the Mystical’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists(Ken Wilber, editor)
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4″The significant point: every physicist in this volume was profoundly struck by the fact that the natural realm obeys in some sense the laws or forms of mathematics, or, in general, obeys some sort of archetypal mental-forms.” Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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5″Those individuals to whom we owe the great creative achievements of science were all of them imbued with the truly religious conviction that this universe of ours is something perfect and susceptible to the rational striving for knowledge.” Albert Einstein, ‘Science and Religion’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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6″Restrained by our organic constitution and by our different emotions in the lower sphere of our daily occupations, we also feel ourselves urged on by the appeal of the ideal, by more or less precise aspiration towards spiritual values, and from those sentiments even the worst amongst us do not entirely escape.” Louis deBroglie, ‘Physics and Microphysics’, Pantheon 1955 Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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7″If the longing for the achievement of the goal is powerfully alive within us, then shall we not lack the strength to find the means for reaching the goal and for translating it into deeds.” Albert Einstein (1879-1955), ‘Science and Religion’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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8″Consciousness is a singular of which the plural is unknown;… there IS only one thing, and what seems to be a plurality is merely a series of different aspects of this one thing.” Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), ‘The I That Is God’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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9″I – I in the widest meaning of the word, that is to say, every conscious mind that has ever said or felt ‘I’ – am the person who controls the motion of the atoms according to the Laws of Nature…the insight is not new. The earliest records, to my knowledge, date back some 2500 years or more. From the early great Upanishads the recognition Atman = Brahman (the personal self equals the omnipresent)…was in Indian thought considered to represent the quintessence of deepest insight into the happenings of the world…Again, the mystics of many centuries, independently, yet in perfect harmony with each other (somewhat like the particles in an ideal gas) have described, each of them, the unique experience of his or her life in terms that can be condensed in the phrase: Deus factus sum (I have become God).” Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), ‘The I That Is God’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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10″The spiritual world is one single spirit who stands like unto a light behind the bodily world and who, when any single creature comes into being, shines thorugh it as through a window.” Aziz Nasafi, 13th century Islamic Persian mystic, quoted by Erwin Schroedinger in ‘The Oneness of Mind’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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11″We know, when God is experienced, this is an event as real as an immediate sense perception or as one’s own personality.” Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), ‘The Oneness of Mind’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists(Ken Wilber, editor)
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12″Free will in man includes as its most relevant part man’s ethical behavior.” Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), ‘Why Not Talk Physics?’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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13″Mind is, by its very nature, a singulare tantum. I should say: the overall number of minds is just one.” Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), ‘The Oneness of Mind’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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14″The same elements compose my mind and the world. This situation is the same for every mind and its world, in spite of the unfathomable abundance of cross-references between them. The world is given to me only once, not one existing and one perceived. Subject and object are only one.” Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), ‘Why Not Talk Physics?’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists(Ken Wilber, editor)
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15″Mathematics is the archetype of the beauty of the world.” Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), quoted by Werner Heisenberg in ‘Science and the Beautiful’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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16″At that moment, when true Ideas rise up, there occurs in the soul of him who sees them an altogether indescribable process of the highest intensity. It is the amazed awe that Plato speaks of in the Phaedrus, with which the soul remembers, as it were, something it had unconsciously possessed all along.” Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), ‘Science and the Beautiful’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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17″To recognize is to compare the sense perception outside with the original pictures inside, and to judge that it conforms to them. Proclus has expressed the matter very finely in his simile of awakening, as from a dream. For just as the sensorily presented things in the oute world recall to us those which we formerly perceived in the dream, so also the mathematical relations given in sensibility call forth those intelligible archetypes which were already given inwardly beforehand, so that they now shine forth truly and vividly in the soul.” Kepler, ‘Harmony of the World’, quoted by Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), ‘Science and the Beautiful’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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18″The sages have affirmed in their wisdom that all creatures are to be brought to one substance.” Gerhard Dorn, medieval Alchemist, ‘Congeries Paracelsicae Chemicae’Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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19″In the images and likenesses of religion, we are dealing with a sort of language that makes possible an understanding of that interconnection of the world which can be traced behind the phenomena.” Werner Heisenberg, ‘Scientific and Religious Truth’Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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20″Religion proper speaks not of norms, but of guiding ideals, by which we should govern our conduct… These ideals do not spring from inspection of the immediately visible world but from the region of the structures lying behind it, which Plato spoke of as the world of Ideas, and concerning which we are told in the bible, ‘God is a spirit’.” Werner Heisenberg, ‘Scientific and Religious Truth’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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21″The search for the ‘one’, for the ultimate source of all understanding, has doubtless played a similar role in the origin of both religion and science.” Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976), ‘The Debate between Plato and Democritus’ Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)
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22″Bisection and lessening of symmetry, that’s the poodle’s core. Dividing in two is a very old attribute of the devil. The word ‘doubtful’ is supposed to have originally meant ‘twofold’.” Wolfgang Pauli, 1945 winner of Nobel Prize in Physics Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World’s Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

Who explains the relationship between faith and reason…

Who explains the relationship between faith and reason better than Heschel?

“Reality is not exhausted by knowledge. Inaccessible to research are the ultimate facts. All scientific conclusions are based on axioms, all reasoning depends ultimately upon faith. Faith is virgin thinking, preceding all transcendent knowledge. To believe is to abide at the extremities of spirit.”

“There is neither advance nor service without faith. Nobody can rationally explain why he should sacrifice his life and his happiness for the sake of the good.

The conviction that I must obey the ethical imperatives is not derived from logical argument but originates from an intuitive certitude, in a certitude of faith.

There is no conspiracy against reason, no random obstinacy, no sluggish inertia of mind or smug self-assurance entrenched behind the walls of believing.

Faith does not detach a man from thinking, it does not suspend reason. It is opposed not to knowledge but to backwardness and dullness, to indifferent aloofness to the essence of living. … It is a distortion to regard reason and faith as alternatives.

Reason is a necessary coefficient of faith. Faith without explication by reason is mute, reason without faith is deaf. There can be a true symbiosis of reason and faith.”

“The Holy Dimension”, p. 338 – http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Abraham_Joshua_Heschel

When I read the Bhagavad Gita and…

“When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about how God created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.” Albert Einstein

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The experience of separation is a kind of optical delusion of one’s consciousness
Albert Einstein | April 2007 (Vol. XX, No. 4)

A human being is part of the whole, called by us the “universe,” a part limited in time and space. One experiences oneself, one’s thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of one’s consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the Oneness of nature in its beauty.

Albert Einstein

Chris Packham ends one of the episodes of…

Chris Packham ends one of the episodes of the wonderful BBC series Secrets of Our Living Planet
with this statement, “Science is the art of understanding truth and beauty.”

Is it? The proper and limited concerns of science need to be upheld in contradistinction to the other two voices/modes/states of being – Caring the moral voice and Creativity-Beauty. My argument is here – http://sunwalkmodelofholisticeducation.wordpress.com/about/

“Science without religion is lame religion without science…

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” A Einstein

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” A Einstein