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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Science and Philosophy

Science is in my mind and heart, but philosophy is in my blood. I come from a family where ignorance to philosophy is considered as illiteracy. When I think on science and philosophy, I find both of them are similar in their objectivity and nature. Science is the philosophy of physical and temporal world and Philosophy is the science of spiritual and meta-physical world. The objective and the methodology (the tools of investigation) are same for both of them. The objective is to find out the Truth. In the words of Stephen Hawking, it is the Great Integration Theory (a theory which defines all the processes and situations from a single rule) what is called the final truth (or God) in religion based philosophies.

And the tool is thinking and discussions. The scientists reach on any conclusion only after a satisfactory discussion and demonstration of the facts and experimentation. And so do the philosophers, though experimentation is not possible for most of the topics being covered by them. In fact, all of us know that the modern science has developed from philosophy. All of the earlier scientists were basically philosophers.

But some may have the question about the conflicts of religious philosophies with science. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has given the most satisfactory answer in his book “The Universe in a Single Atom”. Here he describes that how the religion (philosophy) and the science are supplementary for each other and how one can help other. Religions are primitive science and science is the new religion. One who has read his philosophy can find the resonance of his ideas and parallel discussions on science and philosophy in a couple of introductory chapters of “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking and “In Search of the Truth” by Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan.

I am a scholar of Biology and I am equally interested in the science as well as philosophy of the life. Science takes us to "what we are" and philosophy is discussion on "why we are".


  1. sir your view are grat. i think you also read osho.
    maharshi kumar tiwari

  2. No, I've never read Osho, though wish for that. I believe, on the basis of what I've heard about his philosophy,that he has identified the basic element of Indian philosophy - ANAND. The most ultimate urge of a being is to find ANAND, not SATYA.
    But, you see, the above discussion is about Truth.


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