Thursday, July 28, 2011

On Spirits and Souls...

This is from Calamities of Nature and takes a clever dig at the concept of spirits and souls. Enjoy! 


5 comments:

Akbar said...

Nice. But hey let me give you a hint. Let us say...a software. You cannot feel its texture, measure its weight and size, note down its temperature, or see its colour. In short, it has no physical parameters. But then, it is there, and it affects us too.

shaham said...

So I had left a comment on Zakir's link when he posted this. And he suggested I leave it here for a response from you since you are the source. I can't deny the cartoon made me smile but here's my two cents worth on it...
something which is within the scope of science can remain a mystery till a mind open enough to consider the impossible tries to unlock it...in doing so many impossibilities have become a reality for us in this day and age. Simply because something is not within the 'scope' of science in our minds yet (the word scope itself limiting the possibilites of scientific discovery and understanding for one), or because people don't care enough to explore it (because it doesnt affect them or seems improbable) does not mean that an idea can be ridiculed or discarded so as not to be even considered for a minute. Science encompasses all...and we don't yet know, nor can we, what 'all' actually means. we can only try. why limit the possibility of discovering something by categorising what should and should not be research-worthy?

Ali said...

Well, people say today that spirits and souls are beyond the scope of science. This is because science cannot probe into these (yet). The minute science discovers the spirit or the soul, it will automatically fall into the scope of science. Just because science cannot probe into them tday, that does not mean science can never do it. So why riicule?

@ Akbar
Good one.

Salman Hameed said...

Shaham and Akbar,

I actually agree about not limiting the scope of science (this is a big issue in philosophy of science) and also on the fact that there might be things other than those in science that are valuable (kind of the last point in the cartoon). However, the cartoon would be valid if it was taking a dig at those who already claim the valid existence of things like spirits and souls - not the potential existence of something yet to be discovered. But I don't disagree with your basic premise here...

shaham said...

good to hear a sane point of view...i feel comfortable with the cartoon now :) quite a relief to hear someone who can articulate the argument such that it doesn't remain one./.. at least in my mind anymore...thanks for responding :)