Belief is everything


“Seeing is believing” is an
outdated belief that has been long
rejected by science in its onward
march. Then why should it be allowed
to block us in our onward spiritual
Mainstream physicists today derisively
reject the idea of “seeing is believing,”
labeling it as “naïve realism.” Albert
Einstein echoed this subordination of
observations to theory: “A theory is
significant not to the degree it is
confirmed by facts observed in nature,
but to the degree it is simple and
logical.” Current physics determines
the logicality of a theory by the
soundness of its mathematical
equations, and these equations often
stray light years away from Einstein’s
principle of simplicity. Indeed, “shut
up and calculate” – a phrase first
uttered by physicist David Mermin –
has become the mantra of physics, as
it became increasingly mathematical
and abstract. Cutting-edge physicists
no longer worry about how their
theories relate with our world of daily
experience or what they mean; all that
matters is their equations.
The prime example of such
experiment-free mathematical
theorizing is the string theory.
Distinguished theoretical physicist Lee
Smolin in his book The Trouble with
Physics, and respected mathematician
Peter Woit in his book Not Even
Wrong have both uncompromisingly
critiqued string theory for not having
any connection with experiments –
not even in prospect. Nonetheless, for
most string theorists, sacrificing reality
for the sake of theory is no big deal.
Thus being freed from any obligation
to reality, they let their imagination run
lose, coupled, of course, with their
sacred, non-negotiable mathematics
which most lay people can’t
understand and many of their rival
string theorists don’t agree with. The
end result of this fact-free speculation
is a self-serving dimensional overflow,
with various versions of string theory
proposing either ten or eleven or even
twenty-six dimensions – anything
except the four dimensions that can
be subjected to experimental scrutiny.

And even if we are willing to blind
ourselves to the world as we observe
it and accept on faith the postulates of
string theorists, still they can offer us
no explanations for the things that
matter in our lives: emotions and
reciprocations, life and death, stress
and relief. Philosopher David Berlinski
explains the implications of this in his
book The Devil’s Delusion, “We live by
love and longing, death and the
devastation that time imposes. How
did they enter into the world? And
why? The world of the physical
sciences is not our world, and if our
world has things that cannot be
explained in their terms, then we must
search elsewhere for their
Where else can we search? One
feasible candidate is Gita wisdom,
which by its postulation of invisible
realities offers us a coherent account
of the everyday issues that actually
matter to us: who we are, why
happiness eludes us and what lifestyle
re-orientations can make us happy.
If physicists don’t let themselves be
fettered by “seeing is believing” in
their search for what they consider
significant, why should we let
ourselves be fettered by this outdated
belief in our search for what we know
is significant for us?


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