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Shahzad Alam

Program Coordinator, New Era Teacher Training Centre

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Isn't it possible that spiritual forces operate around us with it's own laws?

It has only been a few decades that we have discovered the force of gravity, electromagnetism, weak force and strong force. Understanding these forces have made us able to do things that we wouldn't have even dreamed of as possible. There are still many things we do not understand about it but we have no doubt at all that it exists. Perhaps spiritual forces also do exist that we have not yet understood and perhaps understanding it will help us do things and answer questions that we are still struggling with.


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  • Oct 22 2013: I think you're confusing a fundamental force of the universe (capable of getting an object with mass to accelerate) with behavior patterns (faith).

    Not at all alike.
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      Oct 22 2013: What is that fundamental force?
      • Oct 22 2013: Gravity, electric forces, and the strong and weak atomic forces. There may be others I'm not aware of, but they act quite differently than "faith", which falls under psychology, not physics.

        Faith can lead to change in the physical world only by motivating people to act. A fundamental force changes the physical world through no intermediary.
        Though if you ever do manage to create a change in the physical world via faith alone, be sure to give me a call. Someone has to be on scene to re-write all the physics books.
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          Oct 22 2013: Dear Nadav, isn't the physics books being rewritten as we speak? But no I have no intention of changing the world with faith alone as every end needs a means. Humanity will need all the resources they have to change the world. I am just exploring one of the dimensions and that in no way implies that I have disregard for all the other dimensions of life.

          Perhaps the words "spiritual" and "faith" have been so abused in the world by the very people who believe in them that I can certainly understand your reason for viewing my efforts of using them as insincere.

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