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Spiritual Physics

Friday, February 17, 2006 4 comments

Classical Physics had the certainty like mother's womb since everything was based on directly observable parameters. In particle physics we are far out on a limb since its all model-based interpretations of indirectly observed parameters. Abandonment of physical moorings is so distinct that the two physics are in fact fundamentally different disciplines. Particle physics has to walk on crutches like quark (which are theoretically unobtainable singly). In this aspect its more akin to spirituality - which is based on presence of soul, spirit and GOD - which cannot be observed. Particle Physics is Spiritual Physics.
But I believe this is a passing phase. In ancient societies (like in India) simplified theories could explain lot of observed phenomenon very satisfactorily. A whole lot of system of medicine (Ayurveda) was based on theory that body is made-up of five basic elements (Earth, Air, Water, Fire & Vacuum/ether). Lots of diseases could be explained as imbalance in these five elements - and cures were prescribed on that basis. Even now Ayurveda system is successful in many ailments - where modern medicine has no known cure. But this theory of body elements is now definitely known to be in-exact if not wrong. For More on Ayurveda click this link
Most of particle physics experiments are ultimately based on measurements of voltages and currents (or photographic trails) in Hi-Energy Collider experiments.
Its like my GP using stethoscope on me when I complain of knee pain - he has got only that method of measurement - no method to directly observe the pain.
I hope that we will be able to find more direct methods - and the spiritual-like methods would be avoided.

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  • nor14 September 09, 2006 8:28 AM

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  • V January 28, 2007 7:26 PM

    I would want to disagree.
    I think the indirect methods are all based upon physical laws, rather than conjectures of individual men, and that gives them a lot more of objectivity as compared to spirituality. Direct methods would be seeing, touching etc. which are impossible to do with things on that scale.

  • Girish Bhatnagar January 30, 2007 10:22 PM

    Cute ID-photo! Yr son?
    You are right, particle physics unlike spirtuality is based on some laws of physics. Its akin to building a pyramid of playing cards. The lowest layer of laws on which particle physics is based are touch-n-feel classical laws. But the higher layers are based on certain premises of underlying particle interactions which might have resulted in the observed voltages/currents/frequency resonances. Any layer getting discredited/replaced later would lead to the whole pyramid of cards - theory falling down.
    More uneasy is the string theory developments - which are trying to postulate particle interactions first to be later confirmed by observations. It has taken decades to develop this whole elegant edifice of theory (26 dimensions etc) but it is yet to produce an experimental confirmation.
    I am not decrying it - only saying - Take care you are on thin ice - good luck to string theory.

  • Anonymous February 28, 2008 4:39 PM

    Sir, it felt nice that you could find a common path treaded by modern physicsts and Ayurveda. It is true that ayurveda do have its own simple physical theories which are being used up for treatment purposes. Those are to say a conglomerate idea of mechanistic and subtle principle to produce a common wholistic science. Ayurveda do consider the physical constants like hotness and coldness, Unctousness an ununtousness, solidity and liquidity etc... in its progression of diagnosis and treatment. it is often considered that ayurveda is exclusively 'herbal' in diagnosis and treatment which is a great fault.

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