Science Leads the Way to God
Dr & Mrs Mubashar
Miracles & Science • Quran revealed in 7th Century • Knowledge of man was limited previously in History • Seeing a miracle e.g. Splitting of Water, Turning of Staff into a Snake • Mankind getting ready for the exploration of knowledge and science • Quran mentions many scientific facts that could only be known to the Creator of this world at that time
Quran lead to Science • Orbiting rotating Universe – It is He Who created night and day and the sun and moon, each one swimming in an orbit. (Qur'an, 21:33)
• Mountains – Have We not made the earth as a wide expanse, And the mountains as pegs? (Qur'an, 78:6-7)
Quran Leads to Science â€˘ Bio- environment â€“ It is He Who sends down water from the sky. From it you drink and from it come the shrubs among which you graze your herds. And by it He makes crops grow for you and olives and dates and grapes and fruit of every kind. There is certainly a Sign in that for people who reflect. (Qur'an, 16:10-11)
Quran Leads to Science • Measure of Beauty – Golden Ratio – You will not find any flaw in the creation of the God. Look again-do you see any gaps? Then look again and again. Your sight will return to you dazzled and exhausted! (Qur’an, 67:3-4) – God has created his creatures with flawless organs and instincts. He is "the Maker" of everything. (Qur'an, 59:24)
Quran Leads to Science • Human Body – Then We made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood; then of that clot We made a (foetus) lump; then we made out of that lump bones and clothed the bones with flesh (Quran 23:14) – God brought you out of your mothers' wombs knowing nothing at all, and gave you hearing, sight and hearts so that perhaps you would show thanks. (Qur'an, 16:78)
Science Leads to God • Man’s existence & world around us indicates the presence of a Superior Being • Organisation, discipline and creativity in universe, world and various species (man) speaks for its creator.
Science Leads to God • World , Science and Matter are limited – – – –
Matter ≠ absolute reality Everything = matter + energy Everything by chance World is full of information can not originate by chance – e.g. Paper and Ink can not generate a book • Laws of Physics (Gravity, Freezing, melting points) • Oxygen (fire & Water) • DNA and genes
Prof. Ali Demirsoy (Born 1954) Ankara University - Evolutionist â€˘ The probability of the random formation of a protein and a nucleic acid (DNARNA) is inconceivably small. The chances against the emergence of even a particular protein chain are astronomic â€“ Ali Demirsoy, Kalitim ve Evrim (Inheritance and Evolution), Ankara: Meteksan Publishing Co., 1984, p. 39.
â€˘ The probability of providing the particular amino acid sequence of Cytochrome-C is as unlikely as the possibility of a monkey writing the history of humanity on a typewriter taking it for granted that the monkey pushes the keys at random
Sir Fred Hoyle (1915 – 2001) Institute of Astronomy Cambridge UK • The chance that higher life forms might have emerged in this way (by coincidence) is comparable with the chance that a tornado sweeping through a junk-yard might assemble a Boeing 747 from the materials therein. – Nature, 12 November, 1981
Reality of this World • Man believes that world is absolute reality • Grows and builds his life on this view point • All information about the world is conveyed by 5 senses (Eyes, Ears, Touch, Taste and Smell) • External world is what is presented by these senses
How do we see • Light clusters from the object travel through the lens and form an image • Image converts to electric signals • Signals travel to the brain • Brain receives and interprets it back into an image.
External World in Our Brain • Inside brain is dark but images • Similarly all senses are electrical signals • Our brain does not confront the matter in outside world • But electrical copy of it • We assume these copies to be real matter outside our brain
External World in Our Brain • Your brain is perceiving images of this room and the people in it • Is the room inside your brain? • Your body is also an image of yourself within your brain • External world is electrical signals received by our brain • External world/matter can never be reached • How can we be sure that it exists?
Existence of World • Only reality we coop with is the world of Perceptions within our minds • Existence of object - see and touch them • Reflections of our perceptions • Perceptions are only ideas/interpretations in our mind • Deception - To imagine universe and things to have existence outside our minds
Deceptions • Perceptions may come from artificial source • All data would be interpreted as it is presented to our minds • This imaginary world will continue as long as data keeps coming
The World of Perceptions • Virtual simulators are being used for training. • E.g. Michigan University • Hypnosis – experience without existence • Anorexia
Dreams – Deceptions of Minds • Reality = Touch+See = Dream • Taking what we perceive in our dreams as material reality will be a deception • Realization of dream after waking • We live in unreal world in our dreams • After waking up it is logical to think that we entered a longer dream called real life
Who is the Perceiver? • If all Physical events & objects are perceptions in our brain • Brain is also a matter • Brain is also a perception • Who perceives all senses • Who thinks, reasons, has feeling • Who has conscious • Who says I am Me • SOUL
Karl Pribram (Born Feb 1919) professor of Psychology and Psychiatry USA
• Philosophers since the Greeks have speculated about the "ghost" in the machine, the “small man inside the small man. Where is the I - the person who uses the brain? Who is it that realizes the act of knowing? As Saint Francis of Assisi once put it, "What we search for is the one that sees” – Ken Wilber, Holographic Paradigm and Other Paradoxes, p.20
Metaphysical World • Soul is a Metaphysical being • This world is aggregates of perceptions • The world in our dreams has no physical reality • Likewise, our bodies, this universe has no physical reality • Matter is the perceptions viewed by the Soul • Matter is an illusion
Lincoln Barnett (1909 - 1979) American Author Princeton University • Along with Philosophers, reductions of all objective reality to a shadow world of perceptions, scientists have become aware of alarming limitations of man’s senses – Lincoln Barnett, The Universe and Dr. Einstein, William Sloane Associate, New York, 1948, p. 17
Fredrick Vester (1925 - 2003) German Biochemist and Ecologist University of Munich â€˘ The statements of certain thinkers that "man is an image, everything experienced is temporary and deceptive, and this universe is a shadow," seem to be proven by science in our day. â€“ Frederick Vester, Denken, Lernen, Vergessen, vga, 1978, p. 6
Source of Perceptions • Matter is a aggregate of Perceptions • Matter does not have a self governing existence itself • Perceptions must be caused by another Power • Perceptions are created • Continuous creation otherwise matter will be lost
Life of this World • Who makes our souls see? • Who creates a beautiful world of deceptions around us • A Superior Creator • The life of this world is but goods and chattels of deception (Quran 3:185)
Michael Posner, a psychologist from Washington University comment on the issue of how sight and other senses occur, even in the absence of an external stimulus:
Dr. Lijun Wang and his colleagues from Princeton University NEC Research Institute
Summary • Quran clearly invites mankind to think and reflect at its own existence and the world around • Science leads towards the concept of a Creator by pointing towards the discipline and organisation of the laws and information of matter • Matter is the perception of Soul • God is the source of all perceptions