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  1. In the God Particle We Trust (?): Understanding the Collisions, Emissions & Omissions

  2. Background Physics: • What is the Higgs Boson? • Science is a map of reality • The incompleteness of the map • What makes science tick… • Casualties in the century of Science • The World Needs a Game Changer • Parallels: Particle Physics & Vedic Spirituality

  3. Four fundamental forces : • The force of gravitation, • The electromagnetic force, • The weak nuclear force & • The strong nuclear forces.

  4. Additionally a remarkably large number of elementary particles, so many that American physicist Enrico Fermi complained that had he wished to memorize their names, he would have become a botanist.

  5. Two great theories of modern physics, general relativity & quantum mechanics, are violently contradictory. Neither describe nature fully. Eg Two aging matadors facing a powerful bull

  6. It attempts to unify these forces and elements into one theoretical framework. It does not incorporate the force of gravity & so leaves general relativity apart.

  7. Higgs Boson is an elementary particle predicted by the standard model. As it is supposed to give mass to other particles, the proof of its existence may bring gravity within the purview of the standard model.

  8. Science is a map of reality – depicts only selected & limited features.

  9. Observation: Pratyaksha • Theory: Anumana • Experiment: Pratyaksha • Inference: Anumana

  10. Over there, fields are pregnant with latent energy, particles flicker into existence and disappear, things are entangled, and no one can quite tell what is possible and what is actual, what is here and what is there, what is now and what was then. Solid forms give way. Nothing is stable. Time and space contract into some sort of agitated quantum foam. Nothing is continuous. Nothing stays the same for long, except the electrons, and they are identical, like porcelain Chinese soldiers. A pointless frenzy prevails throughout. - Dr David Berlinski in The Devil’s Delusion

  11. Over here, space and time are stable and continuous. Matter is what it is, and energy is what it does. There are solid and enduring shapes and forms. … Changes appear slowly, but even when rapid, they appear in stable patterns. There is dazzling variety throughout. The great river of time flows forward. We anticipate the future, but we remember the past. We begin knowing we will end. - Dr David Berlinski in The Devil’s Delusion

  12. “No idea whatsoever how the ordered physical, moral, mental, aesthetic, and social world …. could have ever arisen from the seething anarchy of the elementary particles. It is like imagining sea foam resolving itself into the Parthenon.” - Dr David Berlinski in The Devil’s Delusion

  13. And no idea of how to connect the two! ‘I am very astonished that the scientific picture of the real world around me is very deficient. It gives a lot of factual information, puts all our experience in a magnificently consistent order, but it is ghastly silent about all and sundry that is really near to our heart, that really matters to us. It cannot tell us a word about red and blue, bitter and sweet, physical pain and physical delight; it knows nothing of beautiful and ugly, good or bad, God and eternity. Science sometimes pretends to answer questions in these domains, but the answers are very often so silly that we are not inclined to take them seriously.’ - Noble Laureate Physicist Erwin Schrodinger

  14. “The more comprehensible the universe becomes, the more it also seems pointless.” - Physicist Steven Weinberg

  15. “Shut up and calculate” – a phrase first uttered by physicist David Mermin – has become the mantra of quantum physics

  16. "There is no obligation upon anyone framing a view of the world to take into account what twentieth-­century science has to say”….[it is] "a culturally specific product ... a commu­nally congenial representation of reality.” • Andrew Pickering, Sociologist of science at the University of Illinois, in his book Constructing Quarks

  17. But.... Science works!

  18. Not the scientists! They are only discovering the workings of nature. Who or what is behind the workings?

  19. Joel Primack, a cosmologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz, once asked physicist Neil Turok: “What is it that makes the electrons continue to follow the laws?” Turokhad no clear answer, nor does any scientist in the world.

  20. Logic • Nothing / Chance • God

  21. The laws of nature, as Isaac Newton foresaw, are not laws of logic, nor are they like the laws of logic. • Eg. There is nothing logical about F = G M1*M2/R^2

  22. When there is a well-defined repeatable process with a known probability of certain result. Eg. Dice falls 6 Ref: Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer

  23. When there is no well-defined repeatable process & no known probability of a particular result Eg. Bridge collapse Ref: Signature in the Cell by Stephen Meyer

  24. “How is the existence of the other universes to be tested? To be sure, all cosmologists accept that there are some regions of the universe that lie beyond the reach of our telescopes, but somewhere on the slippery slope between that and the idea that there are an infinite number of universes, credibility reaches a limit. As one slips down that slope, more and more must be accepted on faith, and less and less is open to scientific verification…The multiverse theory may be dressed up in scientific language, but in essence it requires the same leap of faith.” — Paul Davies, A Brief History of the Multiverse

  25. “No!” say some scientists. “We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories… because we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.” • Geneticist Richard Lewontin This is not science, but atheism masquerading as science.

  26. The explanability of the universe requires an explanation: Why do the fundamental particles behave in ways that are comprehensible and predictable through laws and equations?

  27. The explanability of the universe requires an explanation: Why do the fundamental particles behave in ways that are comprehensible and predictable through laws and equations?

  28. “An equation for me has no meaning, unless it represents a thought of God.” - SrinivasaA. Ramanujan

  29. An alternative worldview: better "It is good to be constantly reminded of the fact that science as we know it today is not inescapable and that we may construct a world in which it plays no role whatever (such a world, I venture to suggest, would be more pleasant than the world we live in today)” - Noted historian of science Paul Feyerbend in Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge

  30. What has been the human effect of the scientific worldview? • Science may have improved our lifestyle, but has it improved our life?

  31. “The twentieth century was the most violent century in known human history. Indeed, three times more people died in wars of the twentieth century than in the entire history of warfare between A.D. 1 and 1899.” - Ending Violent Conflict, Worldwatch Institute (Washington D.C.)

  32. First World War (1914–18): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 million Russian Civil War (1917–22): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 million Soviet Union, Stalin’s regime (1924–53): . . . . . . . . . 20 million Second World War (1937–45): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 million Chinese Civil War (1945–49): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.5 million People’s Republic of China, Mao Zedong’s regime (1949–75): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 million Congo Free State (1886–1908): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 million Mexico (1910–20): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 million Turkish massacres of Armenians (1915–23): . . . . . 1.5 million China, Nationalist era (1928–37): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.1 million Korean War (1950–53): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.8 million

  33. North Korea (1948 et seq.): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 million Rwanda and Burundi (1959–95): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.35 million Second Indochina War (1960–75): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.5 million Nigeria (1966–70): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 million Bangladesh (1971): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.25 million Cambodia, Khmer Rouge (1975–78): . . . . . . . . . . . 1.65 million Mozambique (1975–92): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 million Afghanistan (1979–2001): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.8 million Iran–Iraq War (1980–88): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 million Sudan (1983 et seq.): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.9 million Kinshasa, Congo (1998 et seq.): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.8 million

  34. Will the discovery of the Higgs Boson change this disastrous course? Unlikely. It may have its utility, but it doesn’t bring meaning, purpose, value and direction to our lives. The Vedic literature offer us that through a science of its own.

  35. The World Needs India’s wisdom “India has a well-developed academic community with a surplus of highly creative scientists, perhaps with a special inclination towards the more theoretical aspects of science and still maintaining a link to the ancient Indian culture...” - Dr Richard Ernst, 1999 Noble Laureate in Chemistry

  36. “I am convinced that India could become once again the cradle of a new school of thought that may significantly influence the fate of the globe during the third millennium. Perhaps the contribution of India to nuclear power technology and space science will turn out to be irrelevant, but the contributions toward a new ethical foundation could be turning the wheel of history in the proper (balanced) way." - Dr Richard Ernst, 1999 Noble Laureate in Chemistry

  37. Bhagavad-gita (9.10): The laws of nature work under the direction of God. Bhagavad-gita (9.2): The spiritual level of reality can be realized by direct experience. Modern science is experimental, whereas spiritual science is experiential. But both are equally scientific.

  38. (1) Things are not as they appear; (2) The unapparent is stunningly greater than the apparent; (3) This unapparent can be known not by ordinary ways, but only by ways appropriate to it; (4) These appropriate ways require instruments and cultivation

  39. Particle Physics: The desk in front of me is not solid, but is mostly empty space. It is not static, but is filled with electrons whirling around their nuclei a million billion times a second Vedic spirituality: Life is not based in the material body, but in the spiritual soul beyond the bodyand there is

  40. Particle Physics: The molecules in half an ounce of water number 6.023 X 10^23-roughly 600,000 billion billion. Vedic spirituality: The spiritual Life is not based in the material body, but in the spiritual soul beyond the body.

  41. Particle Physics: If scientists are asked to show us Higgs Boson, they won’t be able to show it; they will reject “seeing is believing” and say that the particle requires other appropriate ways. Vedic spirituality: The spiritual level of reality can’t be seen, but can be inferred by appropriate means.

  42. Particle Physics: Higgs Boson requires the ultra-expensive Large Hadron Collider and extensive education in physics Peer review in physics Vedic spirituality: The spiritual level of reality requires a consciousness in samadhi and extensive philosophical education Guru-sadhu-shastra is spiritual peer review

  43. Consciousness not routed anywhere: Sushupti Consciousness routed to the spiritual realm: Turya Soul Subtle Body Gross Body Consciousness routed till the subtle material realm: Svapna Consciousness routed through gross material body to the world: Jagruti

  44. The world needs Indian wisdom “It is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it is not to end in the self-destruction of the human race. At this supremely dangerous moment in history, the only way of salvation for mankind is the Indian Way.” -- Dr Arnold Toynbee (British Historian, 1889-1975)