Angel "Java" Lopez en Blog

Publicado el 1 de Agosto, 2011, 6:54

Presenté un video de Richard Feynman en:

Hoy encuentro este texto, hacia el final del libro No ordinary genius: illustrated Feynman. Debe ser de la misma entrevista:

My family was Jewish, and my father was an atheist. My Feynman mother—they—sent me to the temple on Saturdays, and to Jewish Sunday school to learn a little Hebrew and so on, but I gave it up about the age of thirteen. I became an atheist because I didn't believe it. I could say that my religious position might have  nothing to do with my scientific knowledge—I have not, by learning about the physical world, directly discovered that some religious view is wrong. But I do think there is a relationship, and the relationship looks to me something like this:

The religions that I was related to, like Jewish or  Christian religions, have a direct personal connection with the Creator of the universe, and in the Christian religion there is even a messenger that comes to earth because they are particularly interested in the problems of human beings. But as you learn about the universe, that it's so vast, and that there was such a long time in which there were no people, that there's such a big region in which there are other than humans, and so many stars, such an intricacy of nature, and so on—well, it looks like human beings are just part of the grand nature. The stage is so huge, and the drama so effective, that I can't believe that God spends His time attending to this little corner.

Ese punto que destaca Feynman es muy pertinente: ¿cómo puede ser que en las religiones el ser humano ocupe el centro de la atención? ¿dónde está el texto sagrado que nos ubica en un inmenso universo, del que apenas somos parte? Siempre ese "provincianismo" detecta la ansiedad humana: el encontrar sentido a la vida y a la muerte. Prosigue:

I see humans as animals that have evolved to this  particular point. There are very remarkable mysteries about the fact that we're able to do so many more things than  animals can apparently do, and other questions like that, but these are mysteries I want to investigate without knowing the answers to them. So I can't believe those special stories that have been made up about our relationship to the universe at large, because they seem to be too simple, too local, too provincial: "He came to the earth"—one of the aspects of God came to the earth, mind you, and look at what's out there! It isn't in proportion. Anyway, it's no use arguing. I'm just trying to tell you why the scientific views that I have do have some effect on my beliefs.

Uno podría pensar que la ciencia da verdades. Pues no. Acá lo explica magistralmente el buen Dick:

Another thing has to do with the question of how you find out if something is true. If there are all these different theories, different religions about the thing, then you  begin to wonder. You ask me, "Is science true?" I say, "No, we don't know what's true; we're trying to find out, and everything is possibly wrong." Start out understanding religion by saying, "Everything is possibly wrong—let's see." As soon as you do that, you start sliding down an edge which is hard to recover from. So with the scientific view (or my father's view], which is that we should look to see what's true and what may not be true . . . well, once you start doubting, which I think is a very fundamental part of my soul, it gets a little harder to believe.

La verdad y demostración es para la lógica y las matemáticas. En ciencia tenemos la búsqueda y la duda.

Nos leemos!

Angel "Java" Lopez

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