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Statistically supportable/Scientifically Explainable/Reasonable Odds?
(in no premeditated order)

1. “Youngest kids having loudest voices”, is explained by Darwin’s theory

Could this have been the motivation for Darwin’s theory (something about mothers and necessities)

2. Existence of an analogy between the temporal extents of civilization/nations and that of humans

3. Persistence of the analogy between microscopic and macroscopic structure even for social interactions

4. Laws of the jungle explaining all human interactions

5. Existence of an implicit symmetry in life itself:

“Babies haven’t any hair;
old men’s heads are just as bare;
between the cradle and the grave
lies a haircut and a shave.”

— Samuel Hoffenstein

6. Existence of an acceptable/reasonable convergence of science and religion

That this convergence leads to a gradual loss of the scientific method bringing us back to the middle-ages (is it covered under No.3?)

7. That there is an answer to the questions of life

a) That Douglas Adams was right about the answer

b) That Douglas Adams was right about the question

c) That Douglas Adams was right about the Earth!

8. Entertainment industry is all about the Chicken & the Egg problem (the unfertilized one) at another level (is this covered under No.3?)

Should this be rephrased as “No.3 operates in more ways than we can comprehend”? Or is it a combination of No.3 & No.4

9. Astrology was an attempt to model observed trends, devised when date & time were still described in terms of positions of heavenly bodies

10. “You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everything else.”

Written by kowsik

March 23, 2008 at 12:41

Posted in life, theory

Arthaath?

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“How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
…”

Bob Dylan must have been a big pain to his parents, there are only so many questions that one can answer without losing it. Pontifications over the futility of existence don’t usually lead to Bob Dylan. But as they say, stuff operates in mysterious ways… mistaken ways too as I am being forced to realize, forcing the questions:

How many mistakes must a man make before he grows any wiser? How many times must a man repeat a mistake before he grows through it? How often must we be reminded of the schism, between `what we do’ and `what we believe in’, before we accept it? And how many repititions of this does it take for us to evolve? Does it have any implications regarding the unnamed quesions of life?

That our actions are determined by habit, but not by reason, is what stops me from taking solace in the expectation that the questions of life can be answered by mathematics. While it is true that mathematics is the one infallible achievement of mankind, it raises at the same time the possibility that it may not be of much help in answering our most fervent questions. Our most accurate understanding of any natural phenomenon is in the form of nonlinear equations. Even for the most seemingly trivial processes, though we know the equations predicting anything with `reasonable’ accuracy takes us atleast a 1000 times as much as the entire duration of the actual event itself! Same goes for most of the fundamental constants, starting with “pi”… Even if math provides us the answer, can we understand it? Or, are we at that stage of evolution where there is a significant increase in the role of reason in the behaviour of living beings? Is mathematics just a continuation of the series of changes since the loss of our tails? Is it the case that we have the right tools, but we don’t know what to do with our tools?

What does this outlook have on my favourite topics: “Is there a point to life?”, “Is there a point in wondering about whether there is a point?”, “What if the best way of life is that of persistent introspection?”, “What if it is a path of uninterrupted observation: Introspection – Analysis?” “Is such a life any better than an `unexamined’ one?”, “Our thoughts are only as real as we ourselves are, should that be of any consequence?” etc. I don’t know, either that or I don’t want to know! Think as much as I can, I can’t seem to escape from the fact that I am still a creature of habit!

As Bob Dylan himself concludes, “The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind”

Written by kowsik

March 2, 2008 at 10:02