As a matter of truth

Religion and science try to look into opposite directions. You disagree, right? Let me explain. First let me start with science.

When we talk about science we always look forward. Let us take an example. When we talk about theory of gravitation, we are not any more happy with the Greek philosopher’s ‘natural home’ theory to explain why an object, thrown above returns on the earth. We were okay with Sir Isaac Newton’s theory till we found a more modern theory which is demonstrated by means of heavy ball on a thin rubber sheet causing a depression on the rubber sheet.

When it comes to religion the trend is just the opposite. For trying to ‘know’ a religion we try to get hold of its oldest book – the oldest Bible or the oldest Qur’an etc.

When it comes to religion why the oldest scriptures attract us the most? The reason is older the text lesser we understand and the lesser we understand stronger becomes our faith. We like to believe that we are not ‘ready’ to ‘receive’ the ‘meaning’ of it yet and when we will be ‘ready’ it will be ‘revealed’ to us.

But when it comes to science why do we look at the opposite direction? Let us try to create a scenario. Imagine a physics class room where a professor is trying to explain the ‘theory of gravitation’ to his students. It is almost at the end of the class hour and the professor is about to end his lecture and he is now showing a slide in which a small heavy ball has created a depression into a thin, flat rubber sheet. With the slide he is trying to demonstrate how a heavy object like the Sun creates a gravitational field around itself. Every student is listening with a ‘smile’ on his or her face. The professor, having thick beard and moustache is able to hide his ‘smile’ completely.

A boy stood up from the middle and mentioned that he is still unable to create a ‘picture’ in his mind. In order to make it simple to his student the professor went few slides back. In the slide there was a differential equation. On the left hand side of the equation there was an expression with three integration signs and the middle integration symbol had a lower bound of minus infinity and an upper bound of plus infinity. The right hand side of the equation was having many expressions of similar nature and one of them was also having an ‘e’ with a power which itself was having an integration symbol with a lower bound of minus infinity and an upper bound of zero. The professor waited for few seconds and then asked, ‘understewed’ (understood) and when the student nodded his head the professor said ‘gewd’ (good).


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