Author Archives: Varadaraja V. Raman

About Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.

On the Differing Perspectives on God of Physicists and Biologists

There is much truth in the statement that biologists and physicists look upon the world (in its deeper aspects) in somewhat different ways. There are deep historical as well as epistemological reasons for this. But two broad conclusions we may … Continue reading

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Science and Politics

Science, in so far as it is a quest for rational understandings of the physical world, from quarks and leptons to double stars and dark matter, from big bang to black holes, can be chaste in its ivory tower of … Continue reading

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Goals of Education

All nations educate their their children and adults for a variety of purposes. The most important visible reason they do this is to give the citizens the necessary skills to handle technology, manage government and business institutions, and help maintain … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on God in Hinduism

A  key message of Hinduism is that unlike mathematics and argumentation, lived life as well as visions of the Unknown are not built in a framework of rigid rationality, but in an elastic web of contradictions and complementarities. One who … Continue reading

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CNN’s broadcast (Sunday March 5, 2017) on Hinduism by a so-called religious scholar did disservice to the cause of peace and understanding. With obviously no knowledge of Sanskrit or Tamil, he had the gall to report on Hinduism to a … Continue reading

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Unhappy, let alone angry, religious people provide more persuasive arguments for atheism and secularism than do all the arguments of atheists.                                   – Dennis Prager Secularism literally refers to that which is of this physical world, in contrast to what … Continue reading

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What is Enlightenment?

Like many important words in the language the word Enlightenment has acquires a variety of connotations.  Two important meanings of the term refer to states of awareness and actions based on that awareness in two entirely different contexts: in the … Continue reading

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