Thursday, May 28, 2009

Intellect beyond "so called" humans

I have been always wondering if man is the most rational animal in this creation. More i wonder about it , more i am convinced that he is not. Well, i will substantiate this in my next or subsequent blogs.In this blog i will just be sharing some of my thoughts and a piece of historical information that i recently read.

It is now beyond doubt that human existence is found, so far only on the third rock from the sun. Though scientists and even few theologians agree that there is a possibility of life (Human or otherwise) in other rocks in other Galaxies, no proof of the same has been given so far.

But my belief is that it certainly is possible that life, human or otherwise can exist at zillions of places other than the Earth. Absence of life at other places in space (not necessarily time) is simply in contradiction to limited human intellect. Its inconceivable that there cannot be life in other rocks or liquids in the infinite (so assumed) space.

I do believe very strongly in this theory. As i am just another speck in this gigantic creation, my feeling vis-a-vis this theory is similar to the feeling that "the pasture on the other side is greener". Simply put, there is a very high, very very high probability that the life existing in other liquids or solids (or even gases) in other places in space are much much more intelligent , smart and rational than we are as i have understood intelligence and rationality.

Scientists and philosophers are divided on this topic. Even today many scholars are not prepared to accept the presence of life anywhere apart from earth. They are in their own right to deny it or accept it.

My curiosity in this lead me to search the origins of thinking. By design or default i don't agree to the few popular statements such as "Searching origins are futile". It may or may not be. But human curiosity is never prepared to accept the futility of finding the origins.

Thankfully i got some detail on this. We all know that the origin of Haleocentric theory was from the revolutionary findings of Nicolaus Copernicus. His findings were first revealed in his book "On the revolutions of Heavenly spheres"(De revolutionibus orbium Coelestium). This book was completed in 1530AD and published in 1543 AD.

His theory was beyond that cultural and scientific age. It was vehemently attacked by Protestant theologians who held that the premise of a haleocentric universe to be unbibilical.

Of course, his findings were true and formed the shoulder from which Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Einstein could stand on. But when the book was first published, it had a major lacunae. It was so destined. The lacunae gave a major intellectual fillip for other avowed scientists.
Copernicus in his theory had done nothing to resolve the major problem facing any system in which the earth rotated on its own axis (and revolved around the sun), namely , how it is the terrestrial bodies stay with rotating earth. This was a baffling problem to Copernicus and also his followers (though not many at that time)

Giordano Bruno (1548-1600)
The answer was proposed by Giordano Bruno, an Italian scientist and avowed Copernican who suggested that space might have no boundaries and that solar system might be one of many such systems in the universe(creation) . Bruno expanded on Copernican thinking. In his writings and his lectures, the Italian scientist held that there were infinite worlds in the universe with intelligent life, some perhaps with beings superior to humans.

As it is now, even then Bruno's audacity brought to the attention of the Inquisition, which tried and condemned him for his hetrodox beliefs. He was burned at the stake in 1600.

As far as i know, this was the genesis of the thinking about the intellect beyond the known world. Copernicus apart from getting the credit for laying the foundations of modern astronomy must also be credited for the fillip his theory gave to other scientists who could use their intellect to predict intellect beyond them.

However, our understanding of the intellect beyond our intellect has remained beyond our understanding from 1600.

1 comment:

  1. Well... Man may be irrational sometimes, but not always. If man were irrational always, I doubt if we would have reached here today. And moreover, there has been a continuous process of change both astronomically and also microscopically as explained in evolution. If there is something bad going on, it will be mooted out and only the good will go through the test of time. This requires a lot of discussion and we can keep it for the future. Your views are appreciated!