Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Science

I have been getting more and more interested in Consciousness studies, both experientially and philosophically. Feels like coming to another full circle.

Was reading an article where this was quoted... and found it so very apt!
In the days when an idea could be silenced by showing that it was contrary to religion, theology was the greatest single source of fallacies. Today, when any human thought can be discredited by branding it as unscientific, the power previously exercised by theology has passed over to science; hence science has become in its turn the greatest single source of error.
Michael Polanyi


So true. The science can often become another excuse to crush alternative explorations, replacing old ways to do that.

And here is another...
Science has won precision at the cost of remaining on a plane of secondary problems, leaving intact the decisive and ultimate questions.
Krishna Chaitanya


Yeah! I agree. My experiences and contemplation also brings me to the same conclusion. Our inquiries often take the least resistant path. We invest meaning in what can be measured, because we are not able to measure that which is inherently meaningful.
Many more thoughts....

Listen (by Shailaja Patel, Migritude)

A friend sent me this piece from 'Migritude' - by Shailaja Patel- saying its a piece from an amazing poem – the book is difficult to read without moving you to tears. And something rings so true in this ...


Listen:
my father speaks Urdu,
language of dancing peacocks,
rosewater fountains-
even its curses are beautiful.
He speaks Hindi,
suave and melodic,
earthy Punjabi,
salty-rich as saag paneer,
coastal Swahili laced with Arabic.
He speaks Gujarati,
solid ancestral pride.
Five languages,
five different worlds.
Yet English
shrinks
him
down
before white men
who think their flat, cold spiky words
make the only reality.



You can see more of her work here, it is not just poetry it is a rare combo of history, poetry and performance. http://www.shailja.com/work/migritude.html