Philosophy vs. science


X. The philosophy that interests me – advaita vedanta – teaches that consciousness is the essence or ultimate reality of the universe, and that the world is contained in that consciousness (atman/Brahman) rather than consciousness being contained in the world, that is, in the individual’s brain, as an epiphenomenon or emergent property. This viewpoint is completely different from that of empirical science.

Y. Advaita Vedanta’s theory has no concrete evidence. It sounds like that soul exists.
In my opinion, the advancement of science can give us a reasonable interpretation of self-awareness in the future.

X. Advaita vedanta is much more than a theory; it is based on millenia of reflection and experience by a select few at any one time about life, man’s constitution, and the universe. I doubt that empirical science will ever come up with the explanation you are hoping for. Advaita can only engage in a discussion with scientists, such as theoretical physicits and mathematicians, whose open mind and inquisitiveness allow them to consider its tenets and far-reaching viewpoint. There is a point at which a great scientist (such as Eddington, Einstein, von Heisenberg, Tesla, etc.) becomes also a philosopher.

About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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2 Responses to Philosophy vs. science

  1. magnocrat says:

    Its all in the mind .
    Until you get toothache.
    Until you can’t pay your bills.
    Until you have a close shave with death.
    Until unrelivable suffering makes life unbearable.
    If reality does not slap us in the face every day we are living in delusion.

  2. ‘… solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short’. This is how the British philosopher Thomas Hobbes described the life of man, but referring to the conditions of war. There has always been pain and fatigue in the body and suffering in the mind, but also compensations, I would even say over-compensations, by way of goodness, solidarity, and love. Also, there have always been – and are – magnanimous (great-souled) men and women offering respite, consolation, and support, mainly, but not only, by way of teaching and advice (Buddha, Christ, Gandhi, etc.). Evil is black, but the brilliance of dawn looms in the horizon. Something is needed on the part of everyone: faith, hope, and charity.

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