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Posted on August 7 at 9:47 p.m.
I think here none is trying to dismiss the methodology of sciences. Problem is the arrogance of some scientists who bluntly attack on philosophies and religions. If you read the history of sciences, it was the philosophers and religious people who invented the scientific methodologies. They were also self-reflexive and self-corrective. Human knowledge is evolutionary. I am not so much impressed by those today who talk about big bang, black holes, hologram, field, something from nothing etc but I wonder how could our ancestors invented language, wheels, pottery, numbers, mathematical values and functions, explored astronomy without modern tools. If religion is 0 and philosophy is 1 there would be no 10 (modern sciences) without them. This is my simple understanding that religion and philosophy have played vital role in the making of humanity much more than science !
Lastly, I would like to remember Thomas Kuhn and Feyerabend! I also would like to remember Karl Popper for his statement, "I don't know whether God exists or not. ... Some forms of atheism are arrogant and ignorant and should be rejected, but agnosticism—to admit that we don't know and to search—is all right. ... When I look at what I call the gift of life, I feel a gratitude which is in tune with some religious ideas of God. However, the moment I even speak of it, I am embarrassed that I may do something wrong to God in talking about God."
On Something from Nothing?
Posted on August 7 at 9:46 a.m.
Here is an interesting book "Microcosmology: Atom In Jain Philosophy & Modern Science" http://www.herenow4u.net/index.php?id...
Posted on August 7 at 9:10 a.m.
Hi Tam and rest of folks, I do not think that Buddha was so much worried about how was the universe originated and the universe is finit or infinit or both. I perceive Buddhist cosmology as a metaphorical. Buddhism is anthropocentric philosophy. Yes, it is true that Buddhism talks about consciousness, space, self illusion and holographic world. But here in the case of Prof. Krauss we also should give a look at the Vedic Nasadiya Sukta (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nasadiya...) and Jain cosmology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jain_cos...). These two links can help us to understand Prof. Krauss.