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Q: How can any individual claim the apex of knowledge?

Krishna: People usually answer this Q answer from a spiritual point of view. Let me try to answer the Q from a scientific point of view.

Because this universe is based on scientific principles and run by science in reality.

To reach “Apex of knowledge”, we, as human beings have several limitations. What you think is real knowledge might be just your interpretation and need not be a fact.

Therefore, to overcome all human weaknesses in interpreting things science has set some rules. Scientific method … validification, falsification, improvement.

Our Universe is based on and follows certain scientific principles ... that is established science. If it is not, our universe would have collapsed by now. As it is working wonderfully, the universe has clearly demarcated what is science and what is not. If your study agrees with the universal science, it is undoubtedly 'scientific'. Nobody can challenge and provide evidence contrary to that. Universal science is settled.

While Science is what our universe works with and a settled one at that, science is also the process with which we try to understand things. It’s about explaining the world we see, developing models that fit the data. But fitting models to data is a complex and multifaceted process. In this process the universe itself is our guide. Human mind might not be able to comprehend fully and correctly sometimes because of its limitations, but there are processes called falsifications and corrections to set things right. It is because of the human mind limitations, we most often have only the best knowledge under the present circumstances. If we get things right, and if our data fits with the universal versions there won't be any falsification and it is the ultimate knowledge.

If what we observe concurs with the universal principles of science, that itself is evidence that we got it right. If we can make things work using our new found knowledge ( inventions based on discoveries), that itself is proof we got things right.

What demarcates science from nonsense

Science and Spirituality

Q: My son is an atheist. And I am worried.
If there is no god or gods, then is everything permitted? On what should one base morality in the absence of immortality and God? If there are no strings attached, and if nothing exists after death, why not do immoral things?
Krishna: Is God a moral police?
No, every thing is not permitted when u live in a civilized society or have a good conscience.
On what should one base morality in the absence of immortality and God?
On your reasoning and critical thinking power.
you do not do immoral things for some reward. U don’ t do them because as a human being u know such things would hurt other people like you or cause imbalances in peaceful societies.
Stop worrying. your son will be okay.

Q: Do you stand for what you believe in or are you pleasing others?
Krishna: I stand for what I trust, i.e., science based facts, not for what i believe in - I don’t blindly believe in anything - even if it annoys others. I have full confidence in my critical thinking abilities. Nobody has shown genuine evidence till now to prove me wrong. People tried but failed miserably.

That is how strong evidence based facts and critical thinking are! U simply can’t beat them!

Q: Why are palmistry and astrology considered pseudo-science?

Why Astrology is Pseudo-science

Q:What are some ways to gauge a persons intelligence or lack of, within ten minutes of meeting them? 

So you cannot guess anything right about a person immediately after you meet him. Don’t try to attempt it. You can rarely succeed.

You have to spend sometime with the person to get an accurate picture. Have patience. Only after a few days, after the ‘honey moon’ period is over, you will be able to really know what his personality is really like and whether he is intelligent or not.

People who attend job interviews will mostly get trained to paint a nice picture about themselves. If you yourself are not smart you will fall for their pretences.

I will never fall for ‘first impressions’.

Q:Is it true to say that in the modern world, everyone is a hypocrite without his own knowledge? 

Okay, tell me this: A scientist discovers something for the first time. Isn’t that his or her own knowledge found by the same person? A thorough researcher who worked in a field for several years has his/her own knowledge and therefore is called a specialist or expert in the field. I have my own knowledge about the things I found for the first time and reported it to the world by publishing the papers! It is not a borrowed knowledge.

Or some might have confirmed my discoveries by reproducing the same results. These too have their own knowledge.

Oh, yes, all the others might not have ‘his or her own knowledge about the things I found’ but studied or read it and therefore have borrowed knowledge.

What I think is when you think about Several people answering questions are writing something on which they don't have first hand knowledge of, they might have borrowed or copy and paste knowledge if they are not experts.

But I don’t think experts here are hypocrites. They have their own knowledge and therefore, are highly reliable unlike ‘others’ or ‘non-experts’.

Lab scientists versus internet scientists

Q: Is being positive the right thing to do like some say?

Krishna: If I say being realistic is the right way?

According to experts, Suppressing or turning away from our difficult emotions is not healthy or helpful. 

What happens is, it undermines our ability to deal with the world as it is, not as we wish it to be. This is associated with lower levels of resilience, lower levels of well being, and higher levels of depression and anxiety. And it also impacts our relationships and our ability to achieve our goals.

Instead of pushing negativity aside or forcing positivity, one critical way of dealing with a difficult emotion is to label it effectively. When we can label our emotions more accurately, it helps us understand the cause of those emotions and activates what’s called a ‘readiness potential,’ your ability to set goals and to make real concrete changes.

Being positive makes us expect too much. It is not a very effective tool and can be downright harmful in some cases, when you don’t get the picture right and anticipate more than you put efforts into a situation. That is like kidding yourself!

There are much better ways to get the benefits that positive thinking allegedly provides. Can you actually go through life without labeling what happens to you as good or bad? Yes, you can. You have to train yourself to do this. You have been conditioned to think of things as bad or good. You can de-condition yourself.

Think of our pain and suffering as being hit by two arrows. The first arrow, the inevitable pain of life, whether a difficult event, thought or feeling, is shot at us; we have little control over this. But then we shoot a second arrow at ourselves with our own reaction to the pain, amplifying and prolonging it. The suffering from the refusal or pushing away of this pain, the "it shouldn’t be here," the "I can’t stand this," but also the blaming, the ruminating, the "why me?" the "it’s always been this way and always going to be this way" stories: these are the parts we add. To put it simply: pain is inevitable; suffering is optional. “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

Failures might occur in life. When they do, you should revisit your problem, analyse it thoroughly and realistically in an enlightened way and think you haven't found a proper solution to it yet and that's why you couldn't overcome it, then try to get one, increase your efficiency of the effort, plug the loopholes and go after it with all your might to defeat it.

That is the realistic way of doing things.

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