29 Sep 2013 Leave a Comment
I listened to Richard Dawkins’ interview in BBC’s Life Scientific radio program. It was important to him that those who read his book ditched their religion and became atheists like him. It’s only natural that he wants others to see what he sees. But for him, the non-existence of God can be shown through reasoning. Now that, I don’t understand.
Think about this. Do you think ants will ever send rockets to Mars?
Ants marching along in a line. They look so unaware of their surrounding. I can put a piece of rock in front of an ant, leaving it with no other choice but to climb it. I can then lift the rock and take it elsewhere with the ant on it. Does it know what’s happening? Probably not. And yet, the arrogant ant scientist will dismiss the notion of a powerful being watching over the ants as utterly ridiculous.
We take animals and test their memory, time perception, self awareness, tool use, language, and so on. We flash images at them and see if they remember what they saw. We put marks on their bodies and test whether they recognize it when they see themselves in the mirror. We record sounds they make and look for meanings in them. That’s all good but who is testing us? What makes us sure we are at the top of this intelligence hierarchy? If at all, doesn’t the result of these tests show there could be a superior intelligence, where all our current reasoning falls apart in the face of it? I’m not just saying we know very little and we have a lot to learn. We all agree with that. I’m questioning if, with the mind we have, we are capable of knowing and explaining everything there is.
In his book The God Delusion, Dawkins’ main argument against religion goes like this,
1. Suppose everything around us is designed by a designer (a supreme being, a god, etc).
2. If so, then who designed the designer? Who created God? Someone must have designed the designer too. This contradicts 1.
3. Therefore there is no designer.
But he missed one small point: those who believe in religion believe their mind is not capable of comprehending their god. He has silently dismissed that crucial point, and made a hidden assumption that the existence or non-existence of a god can be reasoned with human logic. Here is the missing bit,
0. We as humans do not have any limitation in our understanding. Our logic system is sound, and can explain everything.
Point 0 is known and studied very well in philosophy, mathematics and artificial intelligence. There is a beautiful example quite related to Point 0. Here it is in all its glory,
This sentence is incorrect.
The sentence is a paradox. Here is why,
- We can’t say it’s correct because it says it is incorrect.
- Our remaining option is to conclude it is incorrect. If it is indeed incorrect, then it’s opposite must hold. The opposite is,
This sentence is correct.
The result of our conclusion is against our conclusion itself! The paradox is related to Godel’s incompleteness theorem, which demonstrates the limitation of our reasoning. The solution is to avoid making self referential statements. Have sentences talk about other sentences, not about themselves. Otherwise the universe will collapse on us. The consequence of our logic system is that it can’t prove its own correctness. Proving our logic correct requires yet another system that lives outside us.
That is why atheists’ attempt to prove God’s non-existence will always be a flawed logic. Their option is to just believe in God’s non-existence and have faith in themselves.
I leave you with an object we can’t explain.
28 Aug 2013 Leave a Comment
“I think if somebody tells a lie, they’re not just a liar. I think if somebody takes something that doesn’t belong to them, they’re not just a thief. I think even if you kill someone, you’re not just a killer. And because of that there is this basic human dignity that must be respected by law. I also believe, that in many parts of this country, and certainly in many parts of this globe, that the opposite of poverty is not wealth. I don’t beleive that. I actually think in too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.
We cannot be fully evolved human beings until we care about human rights and basic dignity. That all of our survival is tied to the survival of everyone. That our visions of technology and design and entertainment and creativity have to be married with our visions of humanity, compassion and justice.“
15 Aug 2013 6 Comments
The picture is from my own post right here, also appearing at the very top of the google search. I commented before that blogging was a bit like being naked and I’m conscious about what I put up for the whole world to see. However, I overlooked this one. I didn’t think the picture may come up in a search result, out of its context. I don’t want to give a bad impression to outsiders about Ethiopian food.
1. Delete the picture, leave the post.
2. Delete the whole post.
3. None of the above…
12 Aug 2013 1 Comment
Where have I been ? As some of knew that I had enough people to talk , chat and nag. And hence, I didn’t have time to write, but I sometimes read what is being talk on this blog…….It is always good to see all types of life , being extremely busy with the routines like getting a phone call after mid night, five days long meetings…….at the end the meeting get over without any conclusion.
To speak frankly, I have enjoyed it with all the hardships. Having power to bring change is always the thing what a human being would like to ultimately achieve it. I strongly argue that it should come through practice and age. For me it was a bit early. Leadership needs commitment, sacrifice , endurance and most importantly you have to have patience. Oh managing 160 staff, young staff! volatile ! needs too much skill, off-course if know how to do that , working with the young will lead you to an incredible result. One thing that still surprises me is : once I sent one our staff to another part of the country for experience sharing and other duties, and after a week got a call from the same staff in the US. oh….. DV. While I was waiting some report I get ‘kiss your ass you are not my boss anymore’ !! Misinterpreting public talks, misunderstanding and negative & pessimist attitutes …… all should be in you.
In short, I was singing this ……..
where am I now? These days i am in a place where I am gaining more of Academics/proffesional skills ……. I meet my boss 1 hour , my computer >45 hours in a week. you can imagine how to drop from that much ‘girigir’ to the silent environment. eventhough i am happy with what served my country earlier it made me a bit away from the dynamic technology. Still striving to catchup.
Just not to complain the weather is absolutely good to work since the rain and the cold doesn’t allow you to go out. Indeed to write on this blog too.
I had a boring winter, but now I am enjoying the bright sun. My sweetheart wife came two months a go and she is making my life much more lovely.
I read everythings what is almost published about Agerachin……beteley Abay
Now the song is changed to ” Code Monkey”
Abay Abay , yager lemlem yager sissay, yalegeru zemiro.
ye nege sew yibelen!
25 Jun 2013 1 Comment
He keeps on typing, she tried to see what that beautiful mind of his has come up with for her. For the first time she asked for help with an essay. she used to be the one helping others on their essay assignments. she knows he is good, really, really good at any type of writing but she also knows in her heart that she could come up with anything to write about for her essay, but she wanted to see him; she has missed him so much; she has missed hearing him laugh; she has missed looking into his eyes; the eyes he once told her “scare’ people away. she never really understood why he said that but also never told him that they are not scary and she would spend a life time staring at them if he lets her. she has missed his sense of humor. She breathes in deep while stealing a glance at him hoping that he doesnot sense what is going on in her mind.
Later that day and she finds herself sitting in a park, pulls her hair back and looked up to stare at the birds flying freely, remembered their conversation about ” Messenger Birds. ” Sometimes her mind feels like a computer server that has too many users and it mixes up information since different thoughts come by and go in a speed of light. She breathes deep in and out; she finds herself gasping for air; self- induced respiratory alkalosis; it is just not fair. Then she smiles, she feels her face get wet from the tear drops that originate from eyes, she smiled remembering his words that morning “our body produces tear to lubricate our eyes,” then she looks up into the sky this time to ask GOD for help. He showed her another side of himself this year, his playful side, his crazy side and the caring side which is deep and makes him who and what he is now, a side she never thought she would see but a side that makes her love him more and more. She has never met anyone who tries to learn something everyday from what he does each day. He is one of his own kind and she wishes to be his.
She loves him, yes she does. is she in love? No she will never let that happen again; will she? Her fight and flight response would have kicked in, that will lead her SA node initiating impulse faster than the inherent rate, she would be in Sinus Tach, she can feel her heart beating faster, she doesnot remember drinking coffee, all she had was a Ginger ale, she reminds her self to calm down, slowly the ” lub-dub” decreases untill she cannot feel it any more. Am I good enough? This is what is holding her back,” AUDI hmmmmm…” she says reminding herself to breathe slow and steady,then she starts playing ” Heart Attack” in her head over and over again staring into the sky.
04 May 2013 1 Comment
- I wish people would take time to personalize their holiday texts. I mean, who likes to receive the same Christmas tree built from mathematical operators, the same Bible verse about the resurrection,… more than once?
- Attended Holy Saturday mass for the first time in, it felt like the first time. Aba said the symbolism of the QeTema was that the dove had brought some to Noah to announce that the floods had subsided; same way Easter signifies that darkness is done with. Hard Googling… They also did a reading of the first three chapters of the Song of Songs. Would be fun to hear people’s interpretations of those.