2010-01-06

What art thou?

The epistemic questions that bombard the mind after we go through this amazing presentation (Micro-Cosmos to Macro-Cosmos) covering the Universe to the sub-atomic  is perhaps best explicated in Russell's introduction to History of Western Philosophy -

"Is the world divided into mind and matter, and, if so, what is mind and what is matter? Is mind subject to matter, or is it possessed of independent powers? Has the universe any unity or purpose? Is it evolving towards some goal? Are there really laws of nature, or do we believe in them only because of our innate love of order? Is man what he seems to the astronomer, a tiny lump of impure carbon and water impotently crawling on a small and unimportant planet? Or is he what he appears to Hamlet? Is he perhaps both at once? Is there a way of living that is noble and another that is base, or are all ways of living merely futile? If there is a way of living that is noble, in what does it consist, and how shall we achieve it? Must the good be eternal in order to deserve to be valued, or is it worth seeking even if the universe is inexorably moving towards death? Is there such a thing as wisdom, or is what seems such merely the ultimate refinement of folly?"

But then, these questions have little relevance in our everyday lives.

 PS: 
-I mortgage myself to the organization that pays my bills. But it keeps nagging me - what would I do if I did not have to work for a living? 
-One job; but many things. 
-Could not put the presentation into the blog post. pardon.
Update
- something like Prof Sudhir Venkatesh's work would be interesting

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2010-01-06

What art thou?

The epistemic questions that bombard the mind after we go through this amazing presentation (Micro-Cosmos to Macro-Cosmos) covering the Universe to the sub-atomic  is perhaps best explicated in Russell's introduction to History of Western Philosophy -

"Is the world divided into mind and matter, and, if so, what is mind and what is matter? Is mind subject to matter, or is it possessed of independent powers? Has the universe any unity or purpose? Is it evolving towards some goal? Are there really laws of nature, or do we believe in them only because of our innate love of order? Is man what he seems to the astronomer, a tiny lump of impure carbon and water impotently crawling on a small and unimportant planet? Or is he what he appears to Hamlet? Is he perhaps both at once? Is there a way of living that is noble and another that is base, or are all ways of living merely futile? If there is a way of living that is noble, in what does it consist, and how shall we achieve it? Must the good be eternal in order to deserve to be valued, or is it worth seeking even if the universe is inexorably moving towards death? Is there such a thing as wisdom, or is what seems such merely the ultimate refinement of folly?"

But then, these questions have little relevance in our everyday lives.

 PS: 
-I mortgage myself to the organization that pays my bills. But it keeps nagging me - what would I do if I did not have to work for a living? 
-One job; but many things. 
-Could not put the presentation into the blog post. pardon.
Update
- something like Prof Sudhir Venkatesh's work would be interesting

No comments: