Scientists are really enigmatic
Paul J. Dejillas, Ph.D.
August 26, 2023
Scientists are really enigmatic. When you meet them, they can be naughty but fun to be with.
Nevertheless, be careful, they can easily transform fiction into fact, imagination into reality, and illusion into truth. Here's why...
Classical (Newton): Sorry, Honey. I can't visit you. I have no time yet. It's raining here and the weather is really cool and refreshing, a nice getaway from the hot and humid weather there.
But I'll be there with you, of course, at a time when you least expect it. So, keep the lamp burning even at night.
Relativity (Einstein): Yes, Honey. Your space curvature is just attracting my mass to your place. Am ecstatically floating now in space towards your direction, eager to see and interact with you in due time. Yet, expect some spooky actions at a distance.
Quantum (Max Plank): Wow, Honey. I was just waiting to feel your vibration and frequency range so I could level up with you. I can always time travel. Will see you in the past or in the future, but in all probability, any moment now. I’m still in another universe parallel to yours, millions of light-years away. But quantum entanglement between us is already working.
In any case, you cannot avoid or just ignore a scientist. The admonition of Cicero still rings a bell to this day: Patientia nostra. Philosopher-scientist Edgar Allan Poe's wisdom was always at its height when he was drinking wine.
Teilhard de Chardin
Paul J. Dejillas, Ph.D. – May 24, 2021
I remember the paper I submitted to Fr. Mike Cinches was titled The Phenomenon of Man.
Fr. Teilhard maintains that from the very beginning Man's journey was already oriented towards the Super-Consciousness, aided by the forces--air, fire, earth, water, atmosphere--in the Cosmos, which God created from nothing, including the laws and principles governing all creatures.
He was a theologian, a paleontologist, geologist, and anthropologist who taught physics and cosmology in the University of Cairo.
To my limited knowledge of his works, Fr. Teilhard, a Jesuit, views these concepts from the perspective of a Catholic philosopher and theologian on one hand.
On the other, he was a paleontologist, with an interest on geology, already a Professor for three years at the Jesuit College in Cairo, at the age of 24. All through the years, his works were aimed at integrating Christian philosophy-theology and science. He was viewing reality within the purview of Christianity and science.
The piece of work written above is not therefore a work of Chardin but, to me, an interpretation of how Christianity ought to view the world amidst the circumstances obtaining in society, politics, etc., especially on the issues of justice, peace, liberation, etc.
Notwithstanding all this, Catholicism etymologically means universalism and holism, a perspective which is deeper and broader than itself and its teachings. This is a perspective which is clearly reflected in the writings of the Popes and in the Post-Vatican pronouncements.
I think, its only weakness is when in uses the terms Christian faith, Christian justice, Christian love, or in general, attaching the terms "Christian" or "Catholic" before its teachings and faiths. This is where the isolationist and separatist stance of religion comes in.
What is the difference between Christian or Catholic faith and non-Christian or non-Catholic faith? The challenge is confronting the basic differences with the view of arriving at an inclusivist, while at the same time, a pluralist perspective in both theories and praxis. This is different from today's inter-faith dialogue or inter-religious conferences.
Anyway, I will to be talking about concepts that emerge from the discussions in the past here like Freedom, Consciousness, God, and the role of world events.
The Philosophers of Science: A New Breed of Thinkers
Jun 30, 2016
While philosophical thought pertaining to science dates back at least to the time of Aristotle, the philosophers of science emerged only in the middle of the 20th century. They are concerned with the relationship between science and truth. A few focus their research on quantum physics, astrophysics, cosmology, and neuroscience. In search of truth, they can even go beyond science and venture into the study of metaphysics as well as the invisible, the unknown, the spiritual, and the divine. This is in fact where the founders and giants of quantum physics have been leading us to.