Wednesday, August 10, 2011

On Gandhi, Rationalism, and Bloggers

     I'm reading a biography about Gandhi, and just got to the section about his view of western society.  Pretty interesting, and sometimes disturbing. 

     In his view, western society leans too heavily on rationalism, and doesn't realize the limitations of rationalism.  By this he means that the scientific world view (rationalism) has its place, but the scientific world view cannot explain everything.  It cannot explain God, or ESP, or the aesthetic experience, or love. 

     As an interesting side note, I read last week that a recent poll showed that more educated people tend to believe in God and other non-rational concepts.  Why is this?  The article didn't explain, but here's what I think:  I think that the more educated one is, or the more life experience one has, the more one realizes that one's education can't explain all that is.  In other words, those with more education or life experience understand the limits of rationalism.

     In reaction to this poll, a blogger was noted as being very surprised and even doubted the results of this poll.

     I don't.  I think that there is more to life than the scientific world view.  In the words of Shakespeare, "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."  I like that.


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