Friday, July 29, 2011

Evolution enlarges our faculties

[Getting to the point Mukul Sharma, ET, 29 Jul 2011
Cosmology, which studies the history and structure of the universe, is considered by many to be the closest science has ever come to religion. It digs deep and delves into contemplations of how and why the universe came into being, where it's headed and what might be the final outcome in the end. …
There are about a hundred billion stars in our galaxy alone and about a hundred billion galaxies altogether. … Religion, on the other hand, believes its faith points in some direction with a purpose.] 

[On the complexity of society and social sciences – here’s my latest column in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. by Don Boudreaux. Reality is like that. It's complex. The economy is especially so. ...
The zillions of decisions made daily by the billions of people in today's global economy simply cannot be predicted -- and the detailed consequences of these decisions cannot be predicted -- with the kind of precision that we take for granted in many of the natural sciences.]

Robert Lucas, the Nobel Prize winner, says that ‘for income growth to occur in a society, a large fraction of people must experience changes in the possible lives they imagine for themselves and their children…economic development requires a million mutinies’.] 1:41 PM

Basically, Kant posits a limit beyond which thought cannot go — we cannot know things in themselves. Hegel’s critique of Kant is that, since thought is positing the limit, thought must always already be able to see beyond the limit; for Hegel, the idea of inaccessible things-in-themselves is bogus, because it is our thought that has first posited them *as* inaccessible. This is what Hegel says, and it is repeated time and time again by later Hegelians, e.g. by Zizek.]

When Sri Aurobindo affirms that the unknown is not unknowable, he invokes evolution within the framework of history having the potential to enlarge our faculties. Thus, by the simultaneous process of ascent and descent, the Kantian limit is breached and progressive cross-border integration occurs. The riddle of the universe vanishes once this concurrent dialogue between the finite and the infinite is presupposed. This integral assumption, therefore, is the cornerstone of the unique Sri Aurobindian Ontology. [TNM55] 

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