Sunday, July 25, 2010

Inadequacy of scientific terms, where language of precision annihilates

The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it
But the way those atoms are put together.
The cosmos is also within us,
We're made of star stuff.
We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.
- Carl Sagan

 "The Quran is expressed in language which many people - myself included - find (it) sublime....But of course no language can do justice to the ineffable : words will never be a substitute for experience..."
- a comment made in the post, Sufi Understanding of Cosmology

Precisely, it was in that context that I was making, as an exception, to the inadequacy of Scientfic terms, (a language of precision) - nor all of the human language at all - that can ever describe the Experience of such Mystical Illumination, which is the "unveilling" itself (Kasf), that when, if by the Will of God, it happens, it will be simply "Known".

Having said that, I am taking the parallel line of expressing the same kind of awe and wonderment, as did Albert Einstein, or Sir Isaac Newton and others, in the Scientific quest on this exotoric plane relating to the physical reality of the Universe - with the exception perhaps that I may put it from my perspective.

Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.
- Albert Einstein

We've begun at last
To wonder about our origins
Star stuff contemplating the stars
Tracing that long path.
- Carl Sagan

Taken from the point of view of Sufistic discernment, to me they are not contradictory, not at animosity, but complimentary perhaps. For, the path of knowledge both the esotoric through spirituality, and the exotoric of the scientific mode leading upwards to the pinnacle would end up or merge at the point of Singularity - In Islam, that is Al-Tawheed, the convergent point on the top.

For, not only Spirituality, through esotoric knowledge that leads to the highest stage of God-consciousness, but also "evidence" is emerging in the Sciences to the effect that through the domain of Quantum Physics/Quantum Mechanics - at their minutest level right down to the indivisible particles of Energy, Atoms & the sub-atomic particles, - is the "gate-way" or "door-way" into "spirituality". Like for example, the X-Ray, Gamma-rays, Ultra-violet rays, Infra-reds or other red lights, these are all made up of energies, the same primordial "radiance" that winks in and out of existence from this physical Universe. (Reference has to be made to Deepak Chopra's - in the quantum physics level Energy winks in and out of this physical reality at the speed of light - if we ask the Scientist they will say they do NOT know what exactly " Energy" is AND say that Energy is the only matter/wave that has DUAL-EXISTENCE, winking in and out at speed of light)

Sir Isaac Newton, in his PhilosophiƦ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, in discovering the forces of gravitational attraction, was stumped to discover that Space with all its contents of our planetary-system, andromedas, constellations stars & galaxies... (matter) is infinite and limitless, that he termed it as "Second Divinity"

There's a larger universal reality
of which we are all a part.
- Brian Greene

A still more glorious dawn awaits
Not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise
A morning filled with 400 billion suns
The rising of the milky way

The Cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths
Of exquisite interrelationships
Of the awesome machinery of nature.
- Carl Sagan

In Quranic Revelation, God says "I am the outwardly Manifest, and the Inwardly Hidden.." alluding to both His Immanent and His Transcendent Attributes, at one and the same time, hidden, yet Manifest - all of Creation so vast and magnificent, no wonder the Scientist is in awe!

Matter flows from place to place
And momentarily comes together to be you.
Some people find that thought disturbing,
I find the reality thrilling!
- Richard Dawkins

We are all connected; To each other, biologically; To the earth, chemically; To the rest of the universe atomically. I know that the molecules in my body are traceable to phenomena in the cosmos. That makes me want to grab people in the street, and say, have you heard this?? - deGrasse Tyson

The conclusion is inevitable that all of Creation are His Manifestations (His Signs), Transcending to the Physical level of Existence, such that wherever that the Scientist can achieve in their research, fixated upon "matter" then human language become "definitive" and precise... What we all, including Scientists, should now be in wonderment, is the emergence through scientific evidence that Science is converging back (going into, or "returning" if you will, for which Sufis use the term Tawba, turning back to the Divine Source Reality) into Spiritual realm through the Quantum Domain of Physics - that minutest level of the indivisible matter of Energy. atoms or sub-atomic particles at the quantum physics level (it is the "key-hole" through which "matter" is returning to its "Source", so to speak....then of course, one cannot go deeper to "know" the Source in scientific language, simply because it is in the next or "other" dimension for which there are no verifiable experiments, reproducible tangible evidences, there are no mathematical formulae to capture its ineffable sublimity and there field of duality collapses and annihilates to allow any proving or disproving even.

At the Grand Court of the Sublime King, all must enter humbled,
even the furthest reach of human knowledge and understanding.

Wa lam yakun laHu kufuwan ahad.
And there is none comparable unto Hu.
- Revealed as the Surah of Unity

AllahHu Alam
God is the One Who knows the Best.

- guest post by ABNIZAR
may Allah be pleased with him

# Enjoy them:
. Symphony of Science - 'We Are All Connected' (ft. Sagan, Feynman, deGrasse Tyson & Bill Nye)
. 'Our Place in the Cosmos' (ft. Sagan, Dawkins, Kaku, Jastrow)
. 'The Unbroken Thread' (ft. Attenborough, Goodall, Sagan)
. Poetry of Reality (An Anthem for Science)
. 'The Case for Mars' (ft. Zubrin, Sagan, Cox & Boston) 
. Feynman :: Inconceivable nature of nature
. Symphony of Science
. The Elegant Universe Pin It Now!