Sunday, October 16, 2005

GOD...


I have been reading various posts of late about intelligent design, god and spirituality in biology. I was pretty riled up on reading this post recently linking intelligent design to biological systems and how everything had to be "designed" inorder to function. I should mention here that I am not against the concept of god, or against people who believe in the concept of god. God is a very sensitive issue in the current world. Different religions advocate different gods and try and justify their case with books that they all claim to be words of god himself. The easiest thing to do is to attribute anything and everything inexplicable to god. This according to me is not god but our own ignorance. The purpose of research in any field of science is not seeking out god, but to seek out how a particular system works and how it might have evolved or find out the different molecular players in its evolution. I still believe that I am not seeking god when I indulge in research. God in my view is a form of energy we sense every day of our lives. It is something that drives us to work towards the questions we ask. I have often wondered at where my motivation comes from, I am sure that it must be from this source of energy called GOD. God is something that we associate with perfection. God is the perpetual motion machine that man has dreamt of building for ages. God in short is an entity which does not conform with any laws of physics, chemistry or biology. How in the world then do we attribute anything and everything in the physical world to god? The enormous imperfections in the "design" of biological systems make a point, they certainly were not "designed". Design is something we associate with god a lot. According to a lot of us, God is the ultimate architect. If he is then he is the most flawed of them all for biological systems are certainly not perfect. We are mere mortals on the face of the earth, if at all we can attribute anything to god it is our will to survive despite all these discrepancies in design and not the design itself. GOD IS PERFECT! AND I SEEK PERFECTION IN MY METHODS NOT IN THE BIOLOGICAL SPECIMEN I STUDY.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well Written Robbie..

"GOD IS PERFECT! AND I SEEK PERFECTION IN MY METHODS NOT IN THE BIOLOGICAL SPECIMEN I STUDY"



Kavya

Aravind said...

hi how do u put the hot links on top of your blogroll list?

ROBBIE said...

Hey Kavya,
Thanks for visiting and appreciating. I just wrote this in the spur of the moment and I thought that there would be more arguments than appreciation. Thanks anyway.

Aravind:
Its got to do with this particular blogger template, I dont know how else to explain it.
thanks for visiting and blogrolling my site.

Swahilya said...

Reminds me of a writing on a T-shirt:
Nobody is Perfect.
I am Nobody!

Padmasani said...

You think logicaly robbie. Very sensible and good post.

NaiKutti said...

robbie... good logical reasoning... u say "The purpose of research in any field of science is not seeking out god", yes true but why should god's creation be a science to research on??... most of teh research that is done are all on artificially (read man-made) objects and very rarely on why nature works this way or that way (and people have never found one convincing answer)... this issue is one... for eg., even with the best of computers, predicting weather is a big deal and no one ever can predict it so accurately coz it involves nature in a big way... call it chaos uncertainity, highly non-linear or any other scientific term u want to, but thats what it is!!!

ROBBIE said...

Naikutty,
There are a lot of people out there me included who try to understand natural phenomenon. It is difficult to study what happens naturally but it is not impossible. Biologists are constantly upgrading their methods to study nature and natural phenomenon. Yes! I agree that science does make mistakes but these mistakes are because our scientific methods are not refined or perfect for certain systems. We will in due course of time devise new approaches to studying biology. You should also understand that the world we are living in is millions of years old and scientific research is still at its infancy, so do not dismiss anything scientific. It is just one more step in the right direction.

NaiKutti said...

robbie... i completely accept that EVENTUALLY we might understand... but this time frame is so huge and as u said we are still in its infancy... and this is the stage we should question almost everything to get the theories right... Natural world has infinite mysteries: just when we think we have figured out something a new phenomenon pops up. :-)

Arvind said...

Never rest :-) Seeking is most important !!!!

Anu Mahesh said...

Hi robbie:

I think we talked about this earlier last week. God do not create imperfections, we do. When there is a biological imperfection, why do you think that it is imperfection? A person from another planet may consider that as another variation of same being! In our minds we have created certain images that we collectively (as a society) classified as "perfect" and "imperfect."
-anu

Shuba said...

that was a perfect post