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Quantum Physics and Indian Philosophy
Future science of medicine should be holistic and not reductionist
 
The science of yoga does not fit into the Western paradigm of reductionist science. However, the recent quantum physics of holism can, and does, fit into it eminently. In fact, quantum physics has come very close to the ancient Indian philosophy of the Sankhya school. German physicist, Hans-Peter Durr, who enunciated the a-duality principle in quantum physics, feels that he is just playing the second fiddle to the ancient Indian sages who have recognised a-duality in the form of advaita (non-duality or unity in duality).
 
“Many scientists do not seek to find the relationships between parts. Instead, they dissect things into smaller and smaller units. This way of perceiving the world has been called ‘Newtonianism’ or ‘reductionism’. All things exist in relationship to other things. Many scientists attempt to disconnect from these relationships and prefer to observe the world from a mechanistic viewpoint instead,” writes Jon Burras in his classic paper, The Myths of Science.
 
Reductionism, a core of Western science, loses sight of the wood while counting the trees. Bits need not make the whole; that apart, bits do not understand, or make the researcher understand, the inter-connectedness of the whole which is the real thing. Like what Dr Durr says, one can comprehend much more than what one could grasp with the five senses and reductionism.
 
Yoga research must be ‘outcomes research’ only, and not reductionist—studying surrogate end-points like blood pressure (BP), heart rate, blood sugar estimations, etc. It should aim at research in long-term holistic outcomes. Yes, such research does not get funds easily and getting it published is very difficult. That does not mean that we repeat the same bad Western science research to claim that yoga is scientific. Science is just there to understand nature and not there to teach nature a lesson or two. Today, the whole of Western science is trying to alter the natural world as it is concentrated only on making money. 
 
The human body is not built with organs put together. We are derived from one single nucleated cell generously donated to us by our ancestors, the germs, who ruled this world for the first two billion years. That single cell, the zygote, which is a fusion of ovum and spermatozoa, simply divides to make the 120 trillion colonies of interdependent cells that make up the human body. Of course, we also have 10 times that number of germ cells incorporated into that colony. They are mainly responsible for our immune system functioning at its best!
 
Consciousness, that energy which flows as waves and is not seen or felt as particles, has not been comprehended by many scientists even today. The father of quantum physics, Max Planck, however, had realised that “consciousness is fundamental; even matter gets derived from consciousness.” Visualising and trying to correct and deviation from the normal is thus possible. This takes us closer to spirituality (not religion), where the essence is sharing and caring for oneself and others. 
 
Future science of medicine should be holistic, and not reductionist, as the human body works like a closed system in systems biology. It is a self-correcting system and does not need intervention for every minor deviation from the normal. Such interventions in modern medicine result in misery for the hapless patient. We must learn to intervene only in the unlikely event of the body’s immune system failing to correct the problem in a reasonable time span to lessen our burden on humanity. Recently, and I keep on repeating it, when interventional cardiologists were away in conferences, mortality in their intensive care units (ICUs) fell significantly, showing thereby that, given enough leeway, many deviations might self-correct. Long live mankind on this planet! 
 
(Professor Dr BM Hegde, a Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, is an MD, PhD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin), FACC and FAMS.)

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Saurabh Banerjee

11 months ago

Renaissance of Indian philosophy in the light of modern science and technology is the only hope we have to avoid human kind from self destructing.

Saurabh Banerjee

11 months ago

Renaissance of Indian philosophy in the light of modern science and technology is the only hope we have to avoid human kind from self destructing.

Narendra Doshi

11 months ago

Let more & more Aam Aadmi remember this in their own interest.Well said by you,Dr. Hegde Sir,time and again.

shailesh kulkarni

12 months ago

Professor, your article reminds me of the opening sholka from Ishopanishad.

ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदम् पूर्णात् पूर्णमुदच्यते |
पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ||
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ||

The immense depth and deep understanding from this one sholka is too profound.
namaskaraha.

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Narendra Doshi

In Reply to shailesh kulkarni 11 months ago

Dear Shaileshji,
Pl translate/give summary interpretation for wider appreciation.tks.

MG Warrier

In Reply to Narendra Doshi 11 months ago

Om Puurnnam-Adah Puurnnam-Idam Puurnnaat-Purnnam-Udacyate
Puurnnashya Puurnnam-Aadaaya Puurnnam-Eva-Avashissyate ||
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih ||

Meaning:
1: Om, That is Full, This also is Full, From Fullness comes that Fullness,
2: Taking Fullness from Fullness, Fullness Indeed Remains.
3: Om Peace, Peace, Peace.
Source: http://www.greenmsg.org

Narendra Doshi

In Reply to MG Warrier 11 months ago

tks Mr Warriorji.

Disabled have divine ability, government scheme in Guinness records: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said physically challenged people have a "divine ability" and urged people to change the way to address them. He also said the government's "Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme" has received a place in the Guinness World Records as the largest such scheme.
 
The action plan of 'Start-up India, Stand-up India' will be launched on January 16, Modi said, as he greeted the nation on Christmas and New Year.
 
Addressing the public in his last monthly radio address "Mann Ki Baat" for 2015, Modi said: "Start-up India, Stand-up India has brought new opportunity for the youth of our country. Be it manufacturing, service sector or agriculture, this new initiative will bring in new ideas, new ways, and new innovations." 
 
"The action plan of 'Start-up India, Stand-up India' will be launched on January 16. A blueprint will be presented on that day," he said while extending his "greetings for Christmas and New Year to every citizen of India".
 
Modi urged the public to change the way physically challenged people are addressed. 
 
"We often address the physically challenged people as handicapped, disabled and specially-abled. But sometimes, when we get introduced to them, we get to know that they are endowed with 'extra power' which can't be seen with bare eyes," he said.
 
"Then this idea came to my mind: why don't we use the term 'Divyang' (divine body) instead of 'Viklang' for the physically challenged people?"
 
Modi said they are endowed with an ability which is divine. "Normal people like us are not gifted with such powers."
 
On the government's "Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme", he said it has received a place in the record book as the largest direct benefit transfer scheme.
 
"It gives me immense pleasure to announce that the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme has recently found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and it has been implemented successfully."
 
As of now, already Rs.40,000 crore has been transferred to the accounts of the beneficiaries through different schemes, he said.
 
"I believe about 35-40 schemes are being integrated with the direct benefit transfer scheme."
 
Observing that there has been little discussion over fundamental duties in the country, Modi invited people's views on it by the Republic Day.
 
"There is a lot of discussion on fundamental rights and there should be. But there is very little discussion on fundamental duties. Our Constitution gives importance to duties as well."
 
He called on schools and colleges to hold essay-writing and poetry competitions on the topic "duties" before January 26. 
 
Modi asked people to express their views on duties on the 'mygov.in' portal, so that he could learn what they think.
 
He also said that before Republic Day, people should take on the task of cleaning up the statues of various personalities located in various cities, towns and villages.
 
He also sought ideas from the youth about the 'National Youth Festival' that will commence on January 12, marking the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.
 
In his bid to reach out to the people, Modi invited people to connect with him by downloading the 'Narendra Modi App'.
 
On cleanliness, he stressed the need to pay attention to tourist spots.
 
"We must ensure cleanliness at tourist places," Modi said citing a letter by Ganesh V. Sawaleshwarkar from Pune.
 
He said Ganesh raised a vital point on the importance of cleanliness at tourist places and pilgrimage sites.
 
Modi welcomed Ganesh's suggestion, saying clean tourist spots will contribute to building a better image of India in the world. He said many foreigners come to visit the country during the festival season.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article. 

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Buying Tech Devices
A better processor, RAM and battery power will make your latest tech device last longer
 
Most people spend on tech products on impulse and regret later. For example, a friend bought a device with 1GB (gigabyte) RAM (random access memory) and 8GB in-built memory, when another handset with 2GB RAM and 16GB in-built memory and similar features was available at almost the same price. Anyone would tell you that a device with lower RAM will lag behind compared to one with higher RAM; yet, my friend ended up with this device due to impulse buying. This holds true for in-built memory as well. Out of the 8GB RAM, the OS, in-built apps, contacts and message storage eats up around 4GB, leaving mere 4GB space for the user. So, the user ends up cleaning or un-installing apps all the time.
 
How does one overcome these technical issues while buying a mobile handset or gadget? The simple rule is always look, or buy, into the future. This means checking if another mobile costing a few rupees more offers you a better processor or higher RAM or good-quality screen and ample in-built memory. Also, understand that the lifespan of the current generation of smartphones is very short. Therefore, you may be tempted to replace your current device next year instead of after two-three years. You can avoid this, if your current device or the next device is future-ready and will not lag behind in performance over the next year or so. But, remember, the statutory warning (like for financial products): “Past performance is no guarantee of future…”
 
Now let us review what happened in 2015: A few noteworthy happenings include the launch of Android Marshmallow (Android 6). Samsung is trying to regain the market in the under-Rs15,000 segment. In 2015, it launched its ‘J’ and ‘On’ series of mobiles. Mobiles in both these series are priced over Rs6,000. However, stay away from some of the low-RAM and low-memory devices. Also, several smart watches were launched in 2015; but, so far, they have received a lukewarm response from price-conscious Indian buyers. People here prefer to buy a smartphone instead of a smart watch that is priced at the same level. 
 
While Google is rolling out Marshmallow updates on Nexus devices, other manufacturers are working (modifying) on the OS (operating system). By mid-2016, most Android-run devices will feature this updated OS. After gaining some foothold in low- and mid-range devices, Microsoft is now targeting the higher price market with its Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. But only time will tell if it can compete with the likes of Samsung Note 4 and S6 Edge, Apple iPhone6 or 6 plus and Sony Xperia Z3. Frankly, instead of paying Rs43,699 for Lumia 950, an Indian buyer will get a new Windows 10-based laptop. Nevertheless, it is a good attempt by Microsoft to widen its range of offerings.
 
Three noteworthy devices launched in 2015 include Coolpad Note 3, Xiaomi Mi 4i and Gionee Marathon M5. Coolpad Note3 is the first device in India to feature 3GB RAM and fingerprint scanner in the under-Rs10,000 category. Xiaomi’s Mi 4i received a good response, especially from online buyers, due to the massive discount and exchange offers. Gionee is, again, setting new standards in battery capacity with its M5 handset from Marathon series. As the name suggests, the M5 boasts a 6,020mAh battery that can last for more than a day. In addition, M5 can be used as a power-bank to recharge other devices. Gionee Marathon M5 is priced at Rs17,999. 
 
So, what is in store for mobile devices in 2016? Expect 4G becoming the keyword, though you may not get connectivity at that speed. In terms of prowess, Octa-Core processors, 3GB RAM and 13 MP cameras will become basic requirements, while full high definition (HD, 1920x1080 pixel) will gain more ground. While higher capacity batteries may not gain entry into the mass market, solar-powered chargers would become more visible across the country. 

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ashish tamboli

10 months ago

Respected Yogesh Sir,

I want to purchase smart phone in between range Rs13000-20000 please suggest model name and company.

Thanks,

ASHISH

Simple Indian

11 months ago

Mobile technology has been improving rapidly in the past few years. So, even a top-end phone like Apple's iPhone becomes outdated in 6 months to 1 year, by when Apple comes out with the newer version. Hence, the shelf-life of mobiles is just about 1-2 years, unlike earlier, when one could use a Nokia handset for 3-4 years. So, while it's always good to compare specs while buying a new mobile phone, one should also consider what they will do with it. Buying an expensive phone and not using its core features is a waste of money. Similarly, buying a budget phone to cut costs, which doesn't serve the purpose, is also useless. It's best to list out one's needs and then zero in on the phone(s) which offer those features.

Vaibhav Trivedi

11 months ago

The most important factor in buying a smart phone is its CPU architecture.

Always check the CPU architecture type either on Google or specific sites such as gsmarena.

Example of architecture: ARM A6, A9, A15 etc.. Higher the number better the performance and more expensive the phone. For any type comparison use google.

A 2GB RAM on A9 will be much better than a 3GB RAM on A6 type.

Lastly, if you are not into technically modifying your phone then ensure that you buy a phone which has AT LEAST 4GB of System Reserved memory (this is unavailable to you for your use).

Of course, RAM is important.


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