Actually I see only the impulse the retina sends through the nerves to my brain. I am now looking at a scale so small, light cannot really help me here! I get innovative, I use tiny particles, smaller than an atom, I shoot them at my tiny object, and capture them behind.
Based on what I receive it at the other side, I "guess" what is in my object. I see interesting things, the tiny little object is mostly empty.
I build more powerful, scarily humongous gadgets, to see deeper. No matter what my object of observation is, the result is the same. I want to know what these tiniest of the tiny little particles are. There is a garden of such particles, scientists give them exotic names, quarks, bosons and what not.
Now I forget about the rock totally, I am interested in these particles. I want to "look" at them. I really cannot look at them any more. I can only guess. My devices can only tell me such and such a particle may exist in a given space. When the particle detector "looks" at "a" particle, its gone! When it doesn't look, then a probability exists! The rock solid world collapses into a probability. It can be seen only as mathematical equations!
Sometimes I think the blind spot is a blessing, it helps me NOT to see, and hence makes the existence a possibility. Knowing this liberates me from endless conflicts that is the result of me giving reality to this illusion. Posted by Ganapathy Subramaniam at Thursday, January 5, Avatar. We all need Avatars. An Avatar is more than an identity.
It is the very embodiment of existence. It is the entity that matters, An Avatar is the instrument with which we interact, with which we play, with which we experience. There are an infinite number of possibilities when we choose an avatar. Each time we choose a unique one. The Avatar is not only the external appearance, but the whole package of capabilities, likes and dislikes etc. There is a little bit of me in the game, but is highly influenced by the Avatar.
The Avatar tells the world who I am, or rather who I suppose the world wants to believe I am. Each Avatar gives me a unique experience. I enjoy role playing. I want to try all possible roles. It gives me different perspective every time. I soon get over it, and move on to my next Avatar. The Field of play is dynamic. It evolves as I play, no one programs or designs the game, it simply evolves. The next moment is created only at the next moment.
An illusion of continuity is maintained to make it all interesting. The game is neither totally randomized, nor deterministic. It gives an illusion of both. It gives an illusion of hope, and despair. The game field is highly engrossing, it becomes more and more entertaining and complex as I keep playing. In the beginning when I am a novice, the game is simple, plain and easy.
As long as I am satisfied with that, the game remains the same. Then one day I am bored, I think I have mastered it, and nothing more to do, suddenly there is a twist. A bolt from the blue. I am hooked again. A complex series of relationships gets built. A community is formed. Logs are maintained, competitions are held. It takes me a long long time to figure out that I am not the Avatar, and that I really don't need to play.
But If do play, I do need one! Knowing this liberates me from being a game addict. I start enjoying the games, I stop worrying about my Avatars. Tuesday, September 13, A Theory of Everything. Science is about observation of physical phenomena and provide an logical explanation to it. By Physical phenomena we mean whatever that can be observed. Observation is defined as the ability to sense the presence or absence, and a quantitative measure.
These phenomena are entirely available to us through the five senses only. The five senses can be enhanced with apparatus such as microscope, telescope, and more sophisticated devices, but eventually sensed by our five senses. We observe a multitude of phenomena in the world. The phenomena that we observe has been steadily increasing over time, and the more we observe the more we discover. The discoveries of new phenomena constantly revises our understanding and results in newer explanations.
This has been the history of science. Science has been striving to provide accurate explanation of all such observable phenomenon.
There is always enough unexplained phenomena at any given point in time. Such observations results in multiple hypothesis. A hypothesis is an explanation for something but not proved and accepted. The more sophisticated our ability to observe, the more we observe.
This results in newer and newer concepts that needs explanation. Science also tries to bring all observable phenomenon into a single unified theory. The unexplained phenomenon, as well as the elusive unified theory leads to a multitude of hypothesis. Can this never ending cycle of discovery and hypothesis and successful explanations ever have an end?
Can all phenomenon can be explained and done with once and for all? Science thinks it is possible. Every scientific community thinks it will be eventually possible. It has been the case in all of humanity. When it comes to science, there is no difference in the approaches in the different peoples of the world.
East or west, it is always a rational, objective approach. But the litmus test is that the explanation should be rational, objective and observable. At any given epoch there will always be phenomenon that is fully explained, some partially explained and some without an explanation. It is the design of the universe. If you observe the multitude of phenomenon, it begs a question.. Why a million different species? Imagine a world where there was only one kind of animal, say the humans, and one kind of plant, say the mango tree.
It is the variety of things, and variety within things that causes experiences of interest. Similarly a completely known universe will fail to provide any excitement. It is the unknown element in everything that sustains interest in life. The moment we know exactly everything, it will become a dull world. So the Universe keeps generating newer and newer things.
Imagine a Cinema hall. The screen is blank to begin with. We go to a movie. If someone begins to think, that they can figure out all the movies that will ever be screened in the hall, it may be an interesting thought, but if he eventually does, then he would have killed cinema. Same is the pursuit of the unified theory in Science. While it results in wonderful knowledge that eventually gets utilized for increasing our comforts, a pursuit towards understanding and explaining all phenomenon will always be eluding.
When we understand that it is not a limitation but a design for entertainment, we experience a joyful existence. Posted by Ganapathy Subramaniam at 7: Saturday, March 19, The Difficulties of Knowledge. Knowing is a difficult process. To know that everything is made of atoms does not happen intuitively. A long painful process of observations, contemplation, looking deep, building sophisticated equipment, and accidental discovery and many more things are involved in arriving at this knowledge.
Understanding life, the world, the Universe is a very unnatural process. No living being spends so much time and energy as the human in the process of accumulating knowledge. Most of our knowledge serves the basic purpose of existence or living such as eating, sleeping, procreating and entertaining.
We gather more and more knowledge that will eventually aid us in these basic needs. As vast amounts of time passes, our knowledge has sophisticated beyond the ordinary. Abstractions such as mathematics and computer instructions dominate a large part of our world.
Our probes into every aspect of this physical world, has resulted in vast amount of complex structures of information. In this day and age defined as the information era, it is obvious we are building a behemoth called knowledge.
We want an explanation for everything, want to know the reason behind things, we are relentlessly pursuing the control of everything, an ability to be able to manage life at the most atomic level. In all of this, we do get disconnected with our primary self, a simple body and a simple mind, that simply craves to exist without sophistication. Letting go of this necessity to know, the need for explanations, the craving for a 'cause and effect' relationship and an endless pursuit to control our lives is liberation and enables us to get back to our original state of joyful existence.
Posted by Ganapathy Subramaniam at 6: Sunday, February 28, Authenticity of Information. In the pursuit of knowledge, and deeper understanding of life and the world around us, there comes many a times a situation where we need to stop and think about validity of things. Whether it is a new scientific knowledge, or a philosophical viewpoint, or an explanation about certain events, the information that we get needs authentication.
Laws of nature as discovered by scientists from time to time, create a stir in the minds of the curious.
Just look at what happened to the former stars of Teen Mom and other reality TV shows. Austin Cline, on About. I simply cannot think of any excuse for such actions - pointing out that others are willing to watch such events does not relieve them of the responsibility for having orchestrated the events and willed the reactions in the first place.
It is not just one person saying this, it is actually happening. They see what their boyfriend or girlfriend wants out of them, and strive for that. Maybe their partner never said anything? The person watching the reality TV shows saw what someone expected out of their boyfriend or girlfriend, and decided that theirs wanted the same thing with them.
This may not only ruin the relationship between a couple, but families as well. When children are stuck on shows with their families, they may be pressured to act well behaved, or pressured into not behaving at all in order to get more views.
Jon and Kate Plus 8 was a smashing hit. With all that time on TV, Jon cheated on Kate, and therefore they ended up getting a divorce. Reality TV tells us that we all need to look a certain way in order to please someone. But God created us all to be diverse. Reality TV contestants or stars sign a contract that makes them agree to allowing anything that they do or say on camera can be put on TV.
There is nothing to prevent some words they let slip from going out to the public. Returning to Jon and Kate Plus 8, how did the children feel about all those strange producers and creepy microphone guys around their house and other places they went? Child exploitation has been an issue with not only people on reality TV, but other child stars as well. From there, anyone can see it.
This may prevent whoever the celebrity is from getting a certain job, or even get them into law trouble.
It makes people really think about their body image; real celebrities are one thing, but if a whole bunch of girls on Teen Mom look like they should be on Teen Models, then why can the average person not look like that? The makeup that makes whoever look good is also a way of advertising the product. That leads me to the next subject. With all the advertising on reality TV shows, people might as well be watching a half-an-hour long commercial.
Those earrings the one girl keeps talking about looking great? Most of these ads are targeted at teens, the audience that is viewing the shows. There is constant drug use in Jersey Shore especially, and it seems to happen without consequence.
The stars have SO much fun while drunk, and then afterward the worse thing they get is a headache! How bad could it be? It could very much be worse. The bits and pieces they edit out? These people are darn lucky to still be so well. Their livers must hate them for all the alcohol use. What do many people do? Go out, get more piercings, grow their beard out longer, and see if they can get in again. Ever thought of all the health problems the girl with the freakishly long nails might have?
How do others expect her to scratch her back when she might need to get stitches afterward? What about the man with the beard? Despite all these things, take a look at what people are saying about reality TV shows: Do you want to be on a show? Do you want to look like one of the stars? How about wanting to be like one of the contestants? Not that it is not okay to want something like what was mentioned above, that is perfectly fine.
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