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ThurmSpeaks::Dalai Lama Lacks a Karmic Connection to Math

During summer 2008 break, I read "The Universe in a Single Atom" by the Dalai Lama. The book is full of great quotes and I've added many of them to my quote collection.

The following was the first QOTW (Quote Of The Week) for the fall 2008 semester.

[...] -- in fact mathematics is one area of modern science
to which I seem to have no karmic connection at all -- [...].

The following is the full quote.

But even for someone like myself who cannot follow the
complex mathematical details of the theory -- in fact
mathematics is one area of modern science to which I
seem to have no karmic connection at all -- it is
apparent that we cannot speak of subatomic particles
as determinate, independent, or mutually exclusive entities.

-- Tenzin Gyatso (14th Dalai Lama; 01935-) {from "The Universe in a Single Atom"; more...} [math]

With respect to "learning about math," the Dalai Lama's quote enables us to discuss the meaning of the terms determinate, independent, and mutually exclusive.

The Dalai Lama's quote also prompts us to ask questions such as... What is "modern" science?... Why an interest in "subatomic" particles?... What "theory" is the Dalai Lama referencing?

If asked these probing questions, I'd probably respond with bleep if I know!?


Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 13 August 2008