Sam Watkins

Coburg, Australia

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Sam Watkins
Posted about 2 years ago
Can science uncover the origin of everything?
Some things exist of themselves. Math is not created, it is discovered - it is already there. Understanding of math can be built up, starting with next to nothing. There are awesome and beautiful objects in math, such as the Mandelbrot Set, which don't change and have always existed, and they arise from a few simple rules. We can look at these objects, but not fully understand or fully calculate them. Scientists have learned that much of our physical universe and its dynamics can be described by a few fairly short chunks of math. So perhaps the dynamic universe is like the Mandelbrot Set - a complex eternal object arising from fairly simple rules. So I think this "spirit of the universe and all its possibilities" exists already, just like the Mandelbrot Set, before we can see or discover it. I think this immutable, rich, universal spirit is "God", and the universe comes from and is a part of it. This spirit transcends the finite, and this might explain how it can be 'alive', although we would not say that simpler math objects are alive. We don't see the whole universe directly, we are a part of it, at a certain place and time in it. Several sacred texts describe God as an unchanging, immortal spirit, for example the Bhagavad Gita.
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Sam Watkins
Posted over 3 years ago
Sheikha Al Mayassa: Globalizing the local, localizing the global
In Coburg, Australia where I live, we do indeed coexist in peace. Muslims, atheists, agnostics, Christians, Hindi and various other cultural / religious groups of people are all living around about Melbourne and getting along very well I think. Muslim and other women attend a sewing group organised by a non-muslim doctor and mother, in the hall of a chistian church. Many of our children attend kindergarten and school together. Others choose to send their children to more specific religious schools. Various women wear Hijab, Burqa, let their hair down, or wear mini-skirts and high heels. We are not shooting guns and grenades at each-other, we are not desecrating shrines or disrespecting one another, we are living peacefully together, mixing socially at times, and enjoying various national cuisines when we go out to eat. It's not perfect, but it's very good.