Thursday, October 7, 2010

My first brush with 'Noetic Science'

This is after 3 months that I am finally at home......my first homecoming after taking admission in DU.
And this happens to be the first time I covered such a long distance-from Delhi to Odisha, alone in train. As is the case with me whenever I travel in trains, I was drowned in a book throughout. To be preicse, in Dan Brown's 'lost symbol'. I always find myself completely absorbed in the plot whenever I read Brown. The way this man amalgamates history, science and suspense, one is bound to salute the kind of research he has done before bringing his masterpieces out.

Lost Symbol introduced me to the little known, and to me entirely unknown, NOETIC SCIENCE. For those who are not sure what it is "no•et•ic sci•ence is A multidisciplinary field that brings objective scientific tools and techniques together with subjective inner knowing to study the full range of human experience.
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"noetics is an alternative metaphysical philosophy concerned with the study of mind and intuition, and its relationship with the divine intellect. Among its principal purposes are the study of the effects of perceptions, beliefs, and intentions on human consciousness.The theory of noetics centers around the idea that the human mind is capable of affecting work or events or even doing work in the physical world. It is suggested that thought and spirit are not, in fact, imaginary, but are Bose or photon based, meaning essentially that the mind can be quantified by formulae which describe quantum materials such as light. This is a radical conclusion, as many people consider thoughts to be weightless. Noetic theory claims that just as gravity affects all matter, thoughts do as well, although to a lesser degree."



(wikipedia for you :P )
Though there is a declaration in one of the starting pages of the book all the things that have been talked about in the later pages are for real, I was skeptical......I was not convinced that the soul had been weighed, and its existence already proved. Having been a bio student, many questions came to mind....what if ........, what if........

Here's what went a long way in quelling my doubts
From a Noetic Science experiment in 1988:
The human soul weighs 1/3,000th of an ounce!
That’s the astonishing claim of East German researchers who recently weighed more than 200 terminally ill patients just before, and immediately after, their deaths.
In each case the weight loss was exactly the same–1/3,000th of an ounce.
“The inescapable conclusion is that we have now confirmed the existence of the human soul and determined its weight,” Dr. Becker Mertens of Dresden said in a letter printed in the German science journal Horizon.

The expert’s report, co-authored by physicist Elke Fisher, got mixed review from top scientists around the world. Gerard Voisart, the leading French pathologist, was especially critical, saying that the weight difference between the living and the dead could be accounted for by air leaving the lungs. But Drs. Fisher and Mertens said they took that into account in making their calculations. They further stated that the device they used to weigh the soul has a margin of error of less than 1/100,000th of an ounce.
“It occurred to us that the weight loss could be the result of an instantaneous physical deterioration,” said Dr. Fisher. “But after exhaustive study we agreed that was not the case. The only possible explanation is that we were measuring the loss of the human soul or some kind of life force.”


Isn't it amazing.......just imagine how many gateways will now be open.....ones that had been scrutinised to a fault and bolted. it shud always hav been clear that science and religion lead to the hallowed portals of one and the same thing...call it whatever you choose to....energy or God.


There is another article I ud like to share regarding this topic, one I came across some days ago in 'the speaking tree' section of  TOI. Its essence was something like this - We don't understand science, but we all make use of technology. For e.g. we may not know the inner mechanism of a television, we may not understand how we come to see what we see, yet as long as we have we have the remote in our hand, that does not matter. we do nt understand electricity but we all use it, thanks to technology. this analogy applies very well to religiousness and spirituality. spirituality is the remote, but religiousness remains what the remote is essentially for.
Very true indeed. We can't discard religiousness just bcoz we don't understand it. even I used to wonder as a child, what is the logic behind fasting. how could God be happy if yuu don't eat anything for a day. Sacrifice, huh?
That was before I happened to read this article in the health & wellness section of newspaper one day, that said fasting once a month is a good way to cleanse our system. Fasting about once a fortnight serves the purpose all the more. Of course, strenthening our will power in the process. My discoveries continued over time.....learning that touching the feet of elders or doing namaskar actually activated our accu-pressure points, where as shaking hands transferred the raja-tama components from a distressed person to ourselves, that by blowiing the shankh or conch before any ritual, we actually reduce the movement of negative energy. over time I was fascinated by these scientific explanations. I started looking up these things in the net...and I was astonished to find that so many of the rituals that had appeared impractical someday, were actually so clear in their science, our ability to understand them was wanting.

sample this- the aarti thal is moved in a circle in clockwise direction bcoz the earth rotates in a clockwise fashion  and frequency of the environment won't offer any resistance to the movement of the lit lamp. 

I could go on and on, but if you are interested just google scientific reasons behind indian traditions or simply hit the first result after you have googled noetic science. This realm is actually mind boggling!!! 



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