Is the Apple Really Red?: 10 Essays on Science and Religion

Is the Apple Really Red?: 10 Essays on Science and Religion

by Ashish Dalela


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ISBN-13: 9788193052358
Publisher: Shabda Press
Publication date: 11/17/2014
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.33(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the book announces itself rather understated as an incursion into the interstices of the science vs religion debate, I found it to be much more.  It is first of all a primer on the Vedic unique way of viewing the world and what it can offer us today, as we’re setting up departments for the study of consciousness and the mind and trying to figure out whether we really have free will or where all the information inside the cell comes from. For people who’ve only heard about  “Hindu” thought and its applications to science, this is a great introduction, presenting a diversity of ideas, but which are mainly connected through the fact that, in Vedic philosophy, the world has a semantic nature. Now exactly what that means it’s a long discussion. But one of those semantic features is that material objects have the capacity to refer to other objects, just like in a language you can use names of people to refer to those people. At least this is what I understood. Essay number 1 goes straight into the essence of this issue. I’m a fan of Eastern philosophies, East-West dialogues and I was already familiar with concepts such as karma, prana, the cycles of time and Indian philosophy in general, but I still gained brand new information from these essays. Particularly relevant for me was the essay number 5 about the impersonalist vs personalist stance, linking spiritual nihilism and impersonalism with how modern science views reality and putting forward the personalist point of view, something rarely being done in books about Indian philosophy. Second, the book is an understated provocation to reductionists of all fields of science. If you believe that there’s nothing beyond matter and that free will, meaning, information, mind, consciousness are all  just illusions of matter, arising by chance, then the author has some perplexing questions for you. For me, the most fascinating essay of all (something I’ve never seen done before in such a revealing and concise manner) is essay number 7 “Space-Time and God”. Without spoiling it for people, I must say I was impressed with how a reality that contains meanings, minds and consciousness must also logically have to contain a supreme consciousness that manifests in four ways simultaneously: being outside in space, being everywhere in space, being the origin of space and, finally, being Time, unfolding the events in space in a specific order. After reading this essay, my views on the various forms of God in Hinduism, such as the many forms of Vishnu and Shiva, have become much clearer.