I'd like to start off by saying that this is my very first post (yay!) and I hope i picked the appropriate place for it.
I have a theory, no, more of a feeling that science and religion/spirituality are in fact one in the same. Two sides of the same coin.
For example: In some spiritual beliefs, it is said that we are all "one" we are all "connected." However in science it is known that we really are
one. We are all made of the same stuff. The same materials that are in our bodies right now were formed in stars billions of years ago. According to
science we also are "connected." We all have a common ancestor (as per Darwin) that we are connected to by our DNA.
If you look at death, or specifically what happens to us when we die, our bodies decompose and break down. Now if, say, an animal were to eat someone,
that persons... material would literally become a part of the animal that ate it. So if the matter we are made of is interchangeable (essentially)
then how is it that we have such a strong connection to ourselves? The bodies we inhabit now are not the bodies we were born with. The cells are
constantly being replaced. How does knowledge get passed from one to another?
Religion says we all have souls, a sort of "life essence" within us all. (However psychology doesn't think of us as having souls rather referring
to the phenomenon of self-awareness as our contentiousness, to me they are the same thing) Now look at the first law of thermodynamics which says that
both matter and energy can neither be destroyed nor created, only transformed.
So its possible that if our "soul" really is a form of energy then after we die it has to go somewhere. Basically proving a form of life after
death. Our contentiousness being a sort of soul which is made up a yet unknown energy... maybe?
Keep in mind I'm a very skeptical person and most skeptics side with science because it offers proof of what we don't know. Religion asks us to
believe in what we don't know.
To me it's all like Yin and Yang. Science looks at the same problems as Religion just from different points of view. One is Yin, and the other,
What's your take on all this? Sorry if it sounds erratic and random I was kinda sleepy when i wrote it
I'd like to end with a quote from my favorite band Tool from their song "Parabola"
"This body holding me reminds me of my own mortality, embrace this moment, remember, we are eternal, all this pain is an illusion"
[edit on 14-8-2008 by the13thdeceptionist]