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Title: SCIENCE


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SCIENCE SPIRITUALITY
BHAKTIVEDANTA INSTITUTE
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Scientific and religious paths are like two
streams of the creative human mind. The
scientific path tries to explain the nature of
reality within rationality, whereas the religious
or spiritual path does so within and beyond
rationality.
Dr. T. D. Singh
Director, Bhaktivedanta InstitutePresident,
Vedanta and Science Educational Research
Foundation
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I think in this century, science will be
admitted to the spiritual aspects of mankind, and
vice versa ? Prof. Karl H. PribramNeuropsycholo
gist, Georgetown University, USA
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  • Science and technology alone cannot solve
    the problems of the new millennium. We need
    additional guidelines for our actions, for the
    selection of our research projects and research
    goals. These guidelines have to do with ethics,
    with philosophy, and with faith.
  • ? Prof. Richard R. Ernst
  • Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, Switzerland

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Science and Eastern Thought Our science Greek
science, is based on objectificationBut I do
believe that this is precisely the point where
our present way of thinking does need to be
amended, perhaps by a blood-transfusion from
Eastern thought. ? Erwin Schroedinger
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  • A great breakthrough in the history of
    integration of science and spirituality has been
    the experimental verification of the nonlocality
    of quantum objects.
  • ? Amit Goswami
  • Quantum Physicist, University of Oregon, USA

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What is Life? What is Consciousness?
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LIFE Chemical and Biological Spiritual
Science Spirit
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In my search for the secret of life, I ended
up with atoms and electrons which have no life
at all. Somewhere along the line, life has run
out through my fingers. So, in my old age I am
now retracing my steps. ? A. Szent
Gyorgi 1937 Nobel Laureate in Medicine
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Although a biologist, I must confess that I
do not understand how life came about To me,
auto-replication of a macromolecule does not
yet represent life. Even a viral particle is
not a live organism, it can only participate in
life processes ? Werner ArberNobel
Laureate in Physiology and Medicine
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We can admittedly find nothing in physics or
chemistry that has even a remote bearing on
consciousness. Yet all of us know that there is
such a thing as consciousness, simply because we
have it ourselves. Hence consciousness must be
part of nature, or more generally, of reality,
which means that, quite apart from the laws of
physics and chemistry, as laid down in quantum
theory, we must also consider laws of quite a
different nature.
? Niels Bohr
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VEDANTIC PARADIGM
  • LIFE COMES FROM LIFE

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Ontology of Life
  • Life is transcendental
  • Consciousness is the symptom of life

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RNA alone is not life I think that life
could be beyond the assembly of
biomolecules. ?Werner ArberNobel Laureate
in Physiology and Medicine
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Consciousness as another Category of Reality
  • Consciousness is a distinct reality in nature
    other than particles and waves.
  • Dr. T. D. Singh

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  • It seems to me pretty plain that there is a
    third thing in the universe, to wit,
    consciousness, which I cannot see to be matter
    or force, or any conceivable modification of
    either.
  • ? Thomas Huxley

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  • There are two kinds of reality or existence
    the existence of my consciousness and the reality
    or existence of everything else.
  • Eugene WignerNobel Laureate in Physics

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  • ...consciousness is a principlethat
    fundamentally transcends not only physics and
    chemistry but also the mechanistic principles of
    living beings.
  • Michael Polanyi

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Science and Religion point to Reality In the
history of science, ever since the
famous trial of Galileo, it has repeatedly
been claimed that scientific
truth cannot be
reconciled with the religious
interpretation of the world. Although I am
now convinced that scientific
truth is unassailable in its own
field, I have never found it possible to dismiss
the content of religious thinking as simply part
of an outmoded phase in the consciousness of
mankind, a part we shall have to give up from now
on. Thus in the course of my life I have
repeatedly been compelled to ponder on the
relationship of these two regions of thought, for
I have never been able to doubt the reality of
that to which they point. ? Werner
Heisenberg
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  • FAITH AND SCIENCE
  • Two major assumptions which are the basis

  • of scientific effort are first that the
    universe
  • is orderly, trustworthy, and it continues the
  • same way, and the second that the human
  • intellect can think through and figure out
  • most of this orderly behavior. Now both of those
    are
  • assumptions and articles of faith. We cant prove
    that all
  • the laws of physics are going to be constant.
  • ? Charles H. Townes
  • Nobel Laureate in Physics

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Science and Faith
  • Anyone who has been seriously
  • engaged in scientific work of any
  • kind realizes that over the entrance
  • to the gates of the temple of science
  • are written the words Ye must have
  • faith. It is a quality which the scientist
  • cannot dispense with.
  • -Max Planck

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The most beautiful and most profound
emotion we can experience is in the
sensation of the mystical. It is a shower of
all true science That deeply emotional
conviction of the presence of a superior
reasoning power which is revealed in the
comprehensible universe forms my idea of
God. -Albert Einstein
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I believe that more thoroughly science is
studied, the further does it take us from
anything comparable to atheismIf you think
strongly enough, you will be forced by science
to believe in God. -Lord Kelvin
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  •  Science and God Inferential Evidence
  • I saw in it the atom the
  • key to the deepest secrets of
  • nature, and it revealed to me
  • the greatness of creation
  • and Creator.
  • Max Born
  •  

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  • This most beautiful system of the sun,
    planets, and comets could only proceed
    from the counsel and dominion of an
    intelligent and powerful BeingThis Being
    governs all things, not as the soul of the world,
    but as Lord over all and on account of his
    dominion he is wont to be called Lord, God.
  • -Isaac Newton

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Inspiration Indication of a Divine Guide
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  • Inspiration
  • At the moment when I put my
  • foot on the step (of the bus) the
  • idea came to me, without
  • anything in my former thoughts seeming to
    have paved the way for it, that the
    transformations I had used were identical with
    those of non-Euclidean geometry.
  • -Henri Poincare

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  • INSPIRATION
  • Finally two days ago,
  • I succeeded like a sudden
  • flash of lightening, the riddle
  • happened to be solved. I myself
  • cannot say what was the conducting thread which
    connected what I previously knew with what made
    my success possible.
  • -Karl Gauss

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  • it seems to me that creativity in its finest
    form contains something that we cannot explain by
    the normal algorithmic process of discovery. It
    contains a non-algorithmic process, a
    non-algorithmic operation.
  • ? Prof. E. C. G. SudarshanParticle Physicist,
    University of Texas, Austin, USA

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Free Will and Science Many scientists
will say, I cant believe in religion, I cant
be religious. On the other hand, if you ask
them, Do you think you have some free will,
almost every scientist instinctively thinks so.
He has free will. He can choose some things. He
can decide to go this way or that way. There is,
in fact, no room for free will in present
scientific laws and yet almost every scientist
essentially assumes he has it. ? Charles H.
TownesNobel Laureate in Physics
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Matter from Life?
You place matter before life and decide
that matter has existed for all eternity.
How do you know that the incessant progress
of science will not compel scientists to
consider that life has existed during
eternity and not matter? You pass from
matter to life because your intelligence of
today cannot conceive things otherwise.
How do you know that in ten thousand years
one will not consider it more likely that matter
has emerged from life? - Louis Pasteur.
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Bhagavad Gita on Life
The symptoms of life occur on the basis of a
spiritual, living entity. An infinity of living
entities exist, and they are known as cit-kana or
literally small conscious atoms. When the
cit-kana acquires a body, then the changes of
birth, growth, maintenance, reproduction and
death are manifested in matter.
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Life In the Center I began as a physicist
drawing parallels between physics and the
Eastern tradition. I now believe that physics
cannot be placed in the center of the world
view. The most appropriate center is the
theory of living systems. You put life in the
center, and you study life in its multiple
manifestations, and you make statements about
what life is, what mind is, and what
consciousness is in this context. Physics would
be defined as the science of nonliving
systems. -Fritjof D. Capra, Physicist and
system theorist
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  • Conception of Absolute Truth given by Vedic
    Saints
  • Bhagavan Feature (Personal)
  • Paramatma Feature (Localized aspect)
  • Brahma Jyoti (Impersonal aspect)

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Vedanta Sutra First aphorism
  • athato brahma Jijnasa
  • Now, therefore one must inquire into the nature
    of Brahman, the Absolute Truth or God.

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  • Science and God
  • When advancement of knowledge is applied
  • in the service of the Lord, the whole process
    becomes absolute Therefore, all the great
    sages and devotees of the Lord have
    recommended that the subject matter of art,
    science, philosophy, physics, chemistry,
    psychology and all other branches of knowledge
    should be wholly and solely applied in the
    service of the LordScientific knowledge engaged
    in the service of the Lord and all similar
    activities are all factually hari-kirtana, or
    glorification of the Lord.
  • ? A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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Everyone who is seriously involved in the
pursuit of science becomes convinced that a
spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe
a spirit vastly superior to that of man. Albert
Einstein
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  • The Universe has been brought for us by a
    supremely good and orderly Creator.
  • -Nicholas Copernicus

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  • The wisdom of God manifested in the works of
    creation.
  • -Robert Boyle
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