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Fractals and the Marriage of Religion and Science

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In today's world there is often a divorce between the institutions of religion and science.   These two ways of perceiving and understanding the world often appear to operate antithetical to each other.   Indeed, science will oftentimes becomes self-righteous in its theoretical positions just as institutional religions can be dogmatic in their theologies.

Perhaps the problem isn't so much religion vs science as it is in the arrogance of idealism inherent in both scientific and religious institutions.   It is within these institutionalized dogmas of theologies, philosophies and theoretical stances in which we view a set of ideas (or ideals) as absolute.  

Perhaps the problem is much more holographic (i.e., the part mirrors the whole) than what we are willing to admit.   Perhaps science and religion point their fingers outwards to attack each other without realizing they are pointing three back at themselves.

The idea of a divorce between science and religion is not always the case.   There are some scientists and spiritual leaders that do not point the finger outwards and indeed look at the consistencies between religion and science.   For example , in the works of physicists such as David Bohm, Fritzof Capra and others, there is a deep respect for religious teachings throughout the world.   To illustrate , what is referred to as Holographic Theory was independently identified as a model by which the universe works by two scientists, physicist David Bohm and neurologist Karl Pribram. Within this theory, there is indeed a mirroring of scientific findings with religious teachings.   Holographic theory simply states that the part mirrors and contains the whole which in Christian teaching mirrors the idea of "As above, so below" or "as it is in Heaven, so it is on Earth".

This harmony between the part and the whole is beautifully illustrated in a video of Ron Eglash on African Fractals. The video beautifully illustrates how more primal communities utilize the concept of fractals in developing the layout of their village.   Most importantly, the video will give one an introduction to how science, math and religion are being married on one level of human consciousness while at another level we as a species remain divided into this camp vs that camp (substitute religion, philosophy etc).

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Perhaps, though, we can dive more deeply into the Unitarian view of the likes of Eglash and begin to see the part in the whole?   Perhaps then, when we give up our dualities, there really can be peace on Earth?  Is there truly a difference between a radical Muslim and a radical Christian?

Furthermore, as "evolutionaries" on this planet engaging in movements such as "Occupy Wall Street", perhaps we can see ourselves in the eyes of what we call our enemy and be able to transcend our warring way of life?   If we point the finger outwards, we have three pointing inwards.

Perhaps it is only after we bite the "g" string off of each other that we can indeed see the brother and sisterhood of humanity?   As left becomes right in a mirror image, our dualities wind up mirroing each other and hence reflect us back to ourselves.  Perhaps knowing this idea so beautifully by the commandment to love thy neighbor as thyself is our evolutionary task in this day and age?   Can the Christian see himself in the Muslim?  Can we be successful in transcending this duality?

Perhaps it is like making love.  In love making the yin and yang unite and a more unitive consciousness unfolds.  Union breeds a higher or more transcendent state of consciousness.  Just as those visitors that went to the moon sometimes had deep spiritual experiences, perhaps when we get a bird's eye view of the world we too can see the ultimate unity and surrender our dualisms to a "higher" state of consciousness.  Perhaps it is this "higher" state of consciousness that institutional government and religion do not wish you to experience?  Why?  What is in it for them?  What is in it for us in staying stuck in a pattern that needs to be transcended?

Can we go through the entranceway of Love and enter into the depths of the Ocean?  

Enjoy the movie.


Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)

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Perhaps peace will only come when we bite the fig ... by Burl Hall on Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 11:14:48 AM
  When we left corrupted religion a few c... by Theresa Paulfranz on Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012 at 1:26:57 PM
would love to hear more, of course i am aware of t... by Meryl Ann Butler on Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 at 10:47:27 PM
for the science of religion, and the religion of s... by Kent Welton on Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 at 1:01:07 PM
Thanks for your comments, too, Burl ... I love fra... by Meryl Ann Butler on Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012 at 10:43:41 PM