Session 2 - Knowing Nature's Laws Brings Us Prosperity

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In scientific research, we study Nature's laws, since knowing them brings us success. We learn how to avoid bad situations, how to advance toward good ones, and how to make fewer mistakes. Therefore, we should know the general law of Nature that includes within it all the laws of physics, chemistry, biology, zoology, botany, astronomy, and the laws affecting the human body and the human psychology.


The more we unfold nature's law, of which we still know very little, the better it will affect us. Naturally, the tool of science helps us to make our lives better and more convenient. Historically, a man had to toil from dawn to dusk just to have food, but today, thanks to technology, chemistry, and all the developments in agriculture, one person can produce food for thousands of people. It is likewise in many areas of production—in construction, in clothing, and in any field of production. Today we have a relatively good understanding of Nature's laws.

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Topic

The better we recognize the laws of nature, so will it be better for us.

Main Points

  • Science is a tool that helps us to make our lives better.
  • In the general law of nature, all the other laws in various fields are included: chemistry, physics, biology, etc.

References

Examples showing the reasons that sustainability and balance with nature are necessary.

Paper for Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute - Nature Conservation + Spirituality = Sustainability

" For the first time, nature becomes purely an object for humankind, purely a matter of utility; ceases to be recognized as a power for itself; and the theoretical discovery of its autonomous laws appears merely as a ruse so as to subjugate it under human needs, whether as an object of consumption or as a means of production."

from the Autodidactic Project: Karl Marx, Grundrisse, Notebook IV (1857-8)

"The picture of globalization and the needs and aspirations of the human community are clarifying now and we can get on with the task of insuring our civilization against demise. We can prove ourselves a mature species, ready to learn from our parent planet‟s four and a half billion years of experience in evolving workable living systems."

http://www.sahtouris.com/pdfs/BioGlobalization.pdf

"Our egos and desires have developed to a level where we have become completely interconnected with the rest of the world. We can no longer buy a piece of land and live there depending on no one else for our survival. We cannot disconnect from the rest of the system.

Whatever happens ecologically, economically, and culturally, in one place in the world, it will affect the rest of the world. We cannot run away from our interconnection. What we can do is learn to share our resources, to support those who do not have the capability to support themselves, and to look at each person on the planet as a valuable member of our own family."

Article: America's Agricultural Roots And the Global Crisis Wendell Berry's "The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture" helps explain the growing global crisis in ecology, culture, and economy.

Engage Yourself

Question 1: “Science is the best tool ever devised for understanding how the world works,” according to Dr. Michael Shermer, science historian. Have fun with the following video clip. [link to video clip here, if needed]

What is your favorite meme presented in this Symphony of Science?

Question 2: Malawi is a small country in Central Africa. In the year 2001, the inhabitants of the country experienced a severe drought, in which many of the inhabitants began to die. The fate of William Kamkwamba and seven members of his family, was likely to be bitter—like the fate of many of the inhabitants of the country—except for the strong desire of William to learn and to uncover information hidden in physics books.

You are invited to join us for 5 minutes of emotion and humanity about the power of desire, and the contribution of science to our lives.

After you have seen the lecture, write below how your knowledge can improve our lives by means of the general law of nature, which obliges us to reach connection between us. [link to video here, if needed]

Question3: According to the text of the lesson, how does knowledge of the laws of nature help us?

Question 4: According to the text of the lesson, what is our state today in relation to the understanding of the laws of nature?

Question 5: Let's conclude this Session with a bit of science fun! In this video, observe the creativity that is possible using 7 IPods and two promotional spokespeople. [link to video here, if needed].

Science helps us to not only make our lives better, but to also be greatly entertained and to grow creatively in the process, benefitting humanity as we share these creations with the world, in a variety of ways.