Latest conclusions seem to topple the very idea of complexity!
But then, this could be staged as well. For one, it is a commercial venture. Second, if one lands with such a person, one should leave everything and learn these finer aspects of life.
Or may be one is already aware! If so, why should you go looking for miracles?!
After all, loving one tool more than the other, or loving it for more time than necessary, is a limitation in itself.
Adam's blog post: Why do they hate science so much.
“So what do you do for a living?” I always cringe a bit when that question comes up among strangers, because when I reveal that I’m an astrophysics professor the response is almost always the same. “Um…wow…. You must be really smart!”
While it’s often intended as a compliment, it really isn’t. Smart didn’t allow me to become an astrophysicist. Hard work, dedication and the support of family and friends did. It’s also one of the most deeply divisive misconceptions about scientists that one can have: scientists are smarter than you. Part of this stems from the idolization of brilliant scientists. Albert Einstein was so smart that fictitious quotes are attributed to him. Media buzzes whenever Stephen Hawking says something about black holes. Any quote by Neil Tyson is a sure way to get likes on Facebook. We celebrate their genius and it makes us feel smart by association. But this stereotype of the “genius scientist” has a dark side.
For one there’s expectation that to do science you must be super smart. If you struggle with math, or have to study hard to pass chemistry, you must not have what it takes. The expectation to be smart when you don’t feel smart starts to foster a lack of self confidence in your abilities. This is particularly true if you’re a girl or minority where cultural biases presume that “your kind” aren’t smart, or shouldn’t be. Lots of talented children walk away from science because they don’t feel smart.
Then there’s the us vs. them mentality that arises from the misconception. Scientists (and fans of science) are smart. Smarter than you. You are stupid. But of course, you’re not stupid. You know you’re not stupid. The problem isn’t you, it’s the scientists. Scientists are arrogant. For example, when I criticized a particular science website for intentionally misleading readers, the most popular rebuttal was that I (as a scientist) was being elitist.
Where this attitude really raises its head is among supporters of fringe scientific ideas. Some of the strongest supporters of alternative scientific ideas are clearly quite intelligent. Presidential hopeful and evolution denier Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon. Pierre Robitaille made great advances in magnetic resonance imaging, but adamantly believes that the cosmic microwave background comes from Earth’s oceans. Physicist and Nobel laureate Ivar Giaever thinks global warming is a pseudoscience on the verge of becoming a “new religion.” None of these folks are stupid.
If there’s one thing most people know about themselves it’s that they’re not stupid. And they’re right. We live in a complex world and face challenges every day. If you’re stupid, you can quickly land in a heap of unpleasantness. Of course that also means that many people equate being wrong with being stupid. Stupid people make the wrong choices in life, while smart people make the right ones. So when you see someone promoting a pseudoscientific idea, you likely think they’re stupid. When you argue against their ideas by saying “you’re wrong,” what they’ll hear is “you’re stupid.” They’ll see it as a personal attack, and they’ll respond accordingly. Assuming someone is stupid isn’t a way to build a bridge of communication and understanding.
One of the things I love about science is how deeply ennobling it is. Humans working together openly and honestly can do amazing things. We have developed a deep understanding of the universe around us. We didn’t gain that understanding by being stupid, but we have been wrong many times along the way. Being wrong isn’t stupid.
Sometimes it’s the only way we can learn.
Vasistha said: Rama, one should ask questions concerning the reality only, not concerning the unreal. Neither goldless ringness nor limited egotism exists in truth (...) The existence of the unreal is unreal: it arises in ignorance and vanishes when inquired into (...) Even as one cannot extract oil from sand and even as one can obtain only gold from the ring, there are not two things here in this universe: the one infinite consciousness alone shines in all names and forms.
Such indeed is the nature of this utter ignorance, this delusion and this world-process: without real existence there is this illusory notion of egotism. This egotism does not exist in the infinite self. In the infinite self there is no creator, no creation, no worlds, no heaven, no humans, no demons, no bodies, no elements, no time, no existence and no destruction, no "you", no "I", no self, no that, no truth, no falsehood (none of these), no notion of diversity, no contemplation and no enjoyment. Whatever is, and is known as the universe, is that supreme peace. There is no beginning, no middle and no end: all is all at all times, beyond the comprehension of the mind and the speech. There is no creation. The infinite has never abandoned its infinity. That has never become this. It is like the ocean, but without ocean's movement. It is self-luminous like the sun, but without the activity. In ignorance, the supreme being is viewed as the object, as the world. Even as space exists in space, one with space, even so what appears to be the creation is Brahman existing in Brahman, as Brahman. The notion of far and near, of diversity, of here and there are as valid as the distance between two objects in a mirror in which a whole city is reflected.
Vasistha's Yoga, On #Creation
This was an incident which happened when Dr. Kalam was President of india.
Kalam sahab was very worried about a plague of pigeons in the Rashtrapati bhawan. He could not remove the pigeons from Rashtrapati bhawan. The whole Rashtrapati bhawan was full of pigeon poop, the people coming there could not walk on the pavements, or sit on the benches. It was costing a fortune to keep the building and pavements clean.
One day a man came to the Rashtrapati bhawan and offered the President a proposition.
"I can rid your beautiful Rashtrapati Bhawan of its plague of pigeons without any cost to you or government. But, you must promise not to ask me any questions. Or, you can pay me one Crore rupees to ask one question."
The President considered the offer briefly and accepted the free proposition. The next day the man climbed to the terrace of Rashtrapati Bhawan, opened his suitcase, and released a blue pigeon. The blue pigeon circled in the air and flew up into the bright blue Delhi sky.
All the pigeons in Delhi saw the blue pigeon and gathered up in the air behind the bird. The Delhi pigeons followed the blue pigeon as she flew eastwards out of the city.
The next day the blue pigeon returned completely alone to the man on top of Rashtrapati Bhawan.
The President was very impressed. He felt the man and the blue pigeon had performed a wonderful miraculous service to rid Delhi of the plague of pigeons. Even though the man with the pigeon had charged nothing, the President presented him with a cheque for 1 Crore rupees and told the man that, indeed, he did have a question to ask and even though they had agreed to no fee and the man had rid the Rashtrapati Bhawan of pigeons, he decided to pay the 1 Crore just to get to ask one question.
The man accepted the money and told the President to ask his single question.
The President asked, "Do you have a blue Politician ?"
- Sainik School Bijapur
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