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Saturday, February 22, 2020
The subjects of Socrates' conversations often revolved around search for a definition focused on the true nature of the subject under question and not just on how the word is used correctly in a sentence. Hence our focus should be what is the true concept of the cell, rather than what we think nature should be, or what merely a mechanism should be. We must let go of our different biases and allow nature to reveal to us. Further even though we may be professors, or scientists or coreligionists or whatever, we must take up the position of a student, and allow ourselves to be taught through these questions. We should desist the tendency to declare opinion of an individual, or of the majority as truth. This cannot be the criteria of truth of any subject in hand.
1. Questions for clarification: E.g. we may ask why do we think that the cell follows merely mechanical and chemical concept of Whole. How does it relate to the question of the unity of cell functioning etc.
2. Questions that probe assumptions: Why have we moved away from the logic of organic whole which was understood by philosophers like Kant, Hegel, Aristotle and Plato. Kant had even said that there will never be a Newton for the Blade of Grass. Then all of a sudden why the current shift of ontological thinking about the unity of the functional cell to a mechanical logic.
3. Questions that probe reasons and evidence: What would be an example of a cell that follows logic of mechanical and chemical whole in natural processes. Why there is no result after more than 150 years attempts to manufacture even a single bacterium from de novo processes in our advanced chemical labs even after spending billions of dollars worth of time and manpower. What is the Causal principle behind the cellular function. Why is it still irreducible to linear simplicity. Cell continues to display circular complexity in its causal flow. So how can we accept the mechanical reduction of the organism.
5. Questions that probe implications and consequences: What are the general feature of cellular function. For example we may say, irreducibility of complexity, that intelligent and smart, novel features come out more easily in which picture. What do these imply for the concept.
6. Questions about the question: What was the point of mechanistic approach and spending so much valuable time and energy over the past 200 years, without any positive result. What does this effort of scientist mean to us. How does this apply to the deeper question of life. etc
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Saturday, January 11, 2020
Fundamental difference between the nature of Mechanical, Chemical and Biological Systems
Sripad Bhakti Madhava Puri Maharaja, Ph.D.
We can find here in Bhagavad - Gita also, that the notion of knowledge is inseparable from the virtue known as humility. More importantly the Bhagavad-Gita considers Knowledge is also connected to the notion of Shreya , which means that which is eternally good for the self, without any trace of inauspiciousness. Knowledge must lead to true and pure auspiciousness or Good. This is also an important ingredient in the Socratic Philosophy, where the notion of Good is Ultimate idea or Form (Eidos).
In their theory of Eidos, which is translated as Theory of Ideas or Forms, Forms are the non-physical essences of all things, of which objects and matter in the physical world are merely imitations. Plato suggests that these Forms are the only objects of study that can provide knowledge. They considered that these Ideals or Forms were real and the objects of the world were merely imitations of these ideals. These ideals constitute all the essential features of all individual objects belonging to the same class. For example what all trees have in common that makes them trees. Or what all acts of justice have in common that makes them just.
These are ideas and hence Plato’s theory of Reality is called idealism. These are the perfect, unchanging examplars of all naturally occurring existences and all good things. These include for example perfect tree, dog, horse and also perfect circle, triangle, straight line etc. Additionally when all such Eidos are considered, then by reason one can arrive at the Ultimate Eidos, which is that which all other Eidos have in common. This ultimate Form of Eidos is the “Good”.
Thus we find in the Socratean-Platonian view that Reality in highest form is the Form of the Good, and is Independently real and the material realm with all its object were dependent reality. The Form of Good is therefore Independent, immaterial and Perfect. Whereas the material realm is constituted of objects that are all imperfect imitations of the perfect realm of Forms, or Ideals, whose Ultimate Form is The Good. .
In the Bhagavad-Gita, the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna has mentioned BG (10.41):
Translation: Know that all opulent, beautiful and glorious creations spring from but a spark of My splendor.
You conclude by defining a principle which, I presume, you see as fundamental to science:
"Science: 'if I were wrong, how would I know?'"
On the surface, this seems to imply that science is a means to systematically align one's consciousness with consistently empirically observable phenomena interpreted as truth. However your definition reveals some deeper assumptions which are fundamental to our teleological nature. The simple recognition of, or consideration of possibly being wrong, alludes to a desire for truth. If we indeed "just exist", than why this tendency towards a desire for truth? This inherent nature towards truth is called inner-teleology.
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Respectfully, I agree with JJ Kineman. Mayr should not be cited, even correctly, for the notion that there is something valid about vitalism. While he may have acknowledged that as a logical thing, he unquestionably had very strong views about biology, and he held, as an overarching principle, that Darwinian evolution was a fact (i.e., not a theory). IOW, there is no way he could be read philosophically (albeit he was not a philosopher per se) to admit non-material causal influences. Maybe that Mayr statement will give a grad student studying Mayr something to explain away, but it should be read, if at all philosophically, as evidence Mayr was not trained in philosophy.John Lunstroth
At present biologists are only studying the body of the living organism using physics and chemistry where they completely ignore the very essence of life: thinking, feeling and willing. Biology cannot be grasped by mere physical sciences. We need philosophy to understand the concepts like thinking, feeling and willing.Thanking you.Sincerely,Bhakti Niskama Shanta
A version of idealism proposes that matter (such as stone or table) is a condensed form of consciousness. The inverse of this is that consciousness is decondensed (sublimated) form of matter. [Sublimation is the transition of a substance directly from the solid to the gas phase, without passing through the intermediate liquid phase.] Thus, in essence, it seems to imply that matter = consciousness and vice-versa. Does this make sense to you?If this hypothesis is not rejected then all four metaphysical/foundational frameworks (materialism, idealism, dualism, and multi-aspect monism) are simply different ways of “looking” the same fundamental truth. In that case, all metaphysical foundations can claim for “self-certainty” in their own language and GT (Gemini Theorem) cannot be applied.
Rām Lakhan Pāndey Vimal, Ph.D.
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Watch "Nigaahen na phero chale jaayenge ham" on YouTube https://t.co/8Vy4d2LObH
The song is set in raaga Bhimpalashi.
Karvan guzar gaya https://t.co/aEBj0HMbMR
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Immortal creation of Roshan
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I hope it will maintain some balance n what Arnold calls "disinterestedness".
'Black Prince' was never made. Music by Dulal Sen. So different, outlandish tune. This song is also by Suman Kalyanpur. Sen is just another unheralded talent like G S Kohli, S Mohinder, C Arjun, Iqbal Qureshi, Ramlal & a few others..
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'70 Years of Secularism' written by Sandeep Balakrishna @dharmadispatch is a volume of remarkable essays which document the cultural genocide that the Nehruvian-Marxist alliance wrought on India over the last seventy years! Now at Garuda - https://t.co/DZiZrQSL3R