Nature’s tryst with science


I think that it just might be possible that some of God’s secrets, Binyamin, some of them are supposed to remain secret.

– Rabbi Aharon Handalman to his disciple Binyamin
(Dante’s Equation by Jane Jensen)

How do you feel when the love of your life smiles straight into your eyes? Walk into a meditation hall, have you felt your energy dissipate and merge into the serenity of its silence? Now, try walking into a controversial political gathering! Every matter on earth, be it tangible or not radiates an energy – positive or negative. And just as the pebbles thrown on a pond, this energy ripples across merging into the waves of other energies forming a pattern of happiness or distress, calm or clash. And this wave pattern in turn ripples further again.

Jane Jensen picturizes the flights of possibility and the eventualities of this wave with a disillusioned amalgamation of science, philosophy and religion. A scientist, a rabbi and an intelligence operative live and re-live to recount the point of inflection where the limits of science rendezvous the extents of nature.

When the characters in the story get transported into different universes, with each of those universes reflecting the thought-wave patterns of their own “self”, Jane embraces upon the Law of Karma where the universe as we perceive is said to be an effect of ripples instigated by previous thoughts and actions of the individual and of all living beings. Man is ruled by his thought patterns and what he becomes is a result of this ensuing pattern.

The limits of science can be defined and re-defined only by science itself. Today we understand the building blocks of creation, but do things like cloning surpass the limits of science? Are we really trying to play God? Didn’t we, after all, learn the ferocity of the atomic bombs only after wiping out two cities? For once, Jill Talcott, the scientist in the story, steps down from her sorority acknowledging to un-discover her phenomenal discovery.

A few things are the way they are, because they are meant to be that way. But what happens when the course of nature gets altered? As pointed in the story, its hard to point at definitive answers unless we could travel 100 years ahead and find what our present day predilections has lead us to! Some riddles cannot be solved. And well, some better remain unsolved. But where do we draw the line?

Nevertheless, it’s always been a perplexing affair dealing with the idiosyncrasies of consummating the marriage between science and nature.


7 Responses to “Nature’s tryst with science”

  1. Do thoughts define our world or actions? I agree that thoughts lead to action, but not all thoughts are transformed into actions.

  2. Hmm thought provoking questions hunna. Well I read a little bit more about this stuff and well I'm still a litle indifferent about this subject. I don't really have a strong view on this, Science is there to be experimented with but to what extent can one go and play with? How can we define what damage if any any there will be, because we can't not really its impossible to say if there will be longlasting damage. I dunno I'm not totally against it but we see genetic modification etc already taking place so i guess its gonna move up to the next level sooner or later na?

    interesting blog Kishu, u don't blog frequently but when u do its quality blog posts.

  3. 3 Revathi

    Very fascinating one…Kishore. Science has always tried to explain, why things happen..the way they happen. There are again always two sides of a could be a boon or a bane. I think man should let some things remain as a mystery..probably it was intended to be that way. I strongly feel man should not be greedy to get answers for everything, he has already played with nature to a great extent. Iam sure his quest to "know all" can never replace GOD and his marvellous, unexplainable creations.

    All said and done…I'm sure science is going to surprise us with many many more Inventions. Its up to us, to use them wisely that would help mankind in a positive way!.

  4. 4 sophie

    my head spinning da

  5. 5 Jawad

    whoa … wonderful .. absolutely fascinating … could not understand a word. Will read it again and comment. But am not really confident that I would understand it even if I were to read it 7 more times.

    How do you manage to write such obscure crap da???? Level-da-Level

  6. 6 Mahen

    It's something like this. What is illegal today could become legal tomorrow. What is right for you could be wrong for the other. Cloning is one such innovation that is seen as science by some and as against the nature by some.

    The demarcation between nature and science could be just lying somewhere for you and this line need not necessarily transform to be the universal LOC between nature and science. Moreover, anybody who tries to draw this line could hardly be successful in persuading the rest.

    Again, this is too subjective and could evolve over time and with people. I am agnostic as to whether I would be able to comprehend too much in this subject. Anyways, it seems you started thinking on this. Probably, one cannot learn all earthly things on his own in his short lifetime. You go ahead and create a knowledge base… I would then try to draw this "line" between nature and science from the point where you are stuck…

  7. 7 Anonymous

    Interesting. Thank you for dropping by my blog.

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