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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).


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?

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