Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hawking and the search for reality

The Guardian (September 14, 2010) has a delightful little piece: “Digested read: The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow”: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/sep/13/digested-read-grand-design-hawking ­-- I do not know how fair the ‘digest’ is to the book, but still I think I can safely venture to say that the troube with Hawking and all scientifically-moulded intellects is that they cannot get the simple insight of Socrates: no amount of objective investigation, no amount of objective speculation, can get us to the inside of what is outside of us. No science can give us the Why or the ultimate What of anything. The ultimate Why and the ultimate What only have relevance to what is of the mind and is in the mind. We can only ‘know’ what is outside us from the outside; the only understanding open to us is understanding of what is of us, in us, and we are denying outselves that by looking outwards, thinking that is the only Where of ‘reality’. But I have been saying all of this over and over and over again, and I am wasting my breath as much as Hawking seems to have been wasting his.

D. R. Khashaba
September 14, 2010.


Blogger Ron Krumpos said...

In "The Grand Design" Stephen Hawking postulates that the M-theory may be the Holy Grail of physics...the Grand Unified Theory which Einstein had tried to formulate and later abandoned. It expands on quantum mechanics and string theories.

In my e-book on comparative mysticism is a quote by Albert Einstein: “…most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and most radiant beauty – which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive form – this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of all religion.”

E=mc², Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, is probably the best known scientific equation. I revised it to help better understand the relationship between divine Essence (Spirit), matter (mass/energy: visible/dark) and consciousness (f(x) raised to its greatest power). Unlike the speed of light, which is a constant, there are no exact measurements for consciousness. In this hypothetical formula, basic consciousness may be of insects, to the second power of animals and to the third power the rational mind of humans. The fourth power is suprarational consciousness of mystics, when they intuit the divine essence in perceived matter. This was a convenient analogy, but there cannot be a divine formula.

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