The physical universe is simpler than the philosophical universe in a number of ways. For one thing, it plays fair: unlike certain religious hucksters, nature doesn't deliberately try to trick you. Nor is it subject to the vagaries and prejudices of the human being studying it, or the human beliefs being studied. After all, you're taught the same physics, often out of the same textbooks, in Mumbai as in Manchester; but by contrast, the proliferation of different philosophies and religions around the globe, and in our own home towns, each reflecting a different set of human conditions, human histories and hopes and fears, is a scandal that many techies have a hard time coping with.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Brother Guy Consolmagno, on the life of a spiritual techie: