Philofisi...seems a new name....yeah, I combined the two Greek words, Philo and fisi to make this word...."Philo"means love and "fisi" means nature...so literally Philofisi means the love of nature.... Of course we all love nature but we like to enjoy it rather to understand it... Understanding nature definitely increase the pleasures of enjoying nature... This blog is dedicated to my love of nature.... so I will try to bring the topics related to nature in very light way....The reason that I chose the word of "Philofisi" is rooted in my understanding that we are returning to the age of naturalist not because that we get tired of specialization but because it provides enormous opportunities to uncover the secrets of nature and help us in better understanding of nature.... until now we tended to simplify or reduce facts to get the basic principles of nature...but Scientists are slowly realizing that nature cannot be grasped by simplified natural laws... It is why we see...Newtonian Physics....Quantum Physics...and Choas Physics are complementing each other.... Biologists likes to view the world with simplistic perspective of natural selection but it seems that they are also realizing that life is more complex that could be explained so easily.... Like Physics it needs to depart toward multi-mechanistic approach... I think this small introduction is not the place to discuss all these issues so I invite you to explore the blog and enjoy yourself :)
Monday, August 8, 2011
The mathematics of life ……
As it is the first article in Philofisi series so I tried to make it light and fun to read…hope you will enjoy it :)
My name is Khudadad…Did you notice? I have just a single name. In most systems, first and second names are mandatory….so when I have to fill forms, I have to repeat my name, Khudadad Khudadad or write it Khudadad FNU (First name is unclear)….. I asked an officer, “Why people have two or three names? Isn’t it weird?”…..”Why do you have a single name? Isn’t it weird?” he replied back….Well, the purpose of this short illustration was to show that numbers don’t really mean much in life...living is more an art than science…and art requires creativity not a solid knowledge of numbers…. I don’t know anybody who claims that he has a better life because he knows advance calculus then one who is only capable to solve algebraic problems….. May be you feel it hard to agree with me so I take the help of Samuel Butler….he says, “Life is not an exact Science, it is an art”……….You may say, “Well, no court in the world make its final judgment on the statement of a single witness”…. OK, if you don’t accept the weight of Butler then let me do some math of life……Let’s start by numbers, It is an axiom by Mark Twain who is a famous historian and knows very well the history of civilizations….
Mark Twain; “Life would be infinitely happier if we could only born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen”……….(i)
Damn it! We can’t have infinite happiness as it is not possible to live a reverse life…The zeros added to the left add, nothing :(……..No worries, if we can’t have infinite happiness, at least we can have finite happiness, so let’s bring our next axiom,
Clarence Darrow; “"The first half of our life is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children"….(ii)
Oh no, our finite happiness is ruined by some of our closed ones…and the problem is that…we can’t live without them…..This is a common tragedy :(….If it is a common tragedy then it is not tragedy at all….It is the common things that help us solve problems…you add, subtract common numbers from both sides of equation or multiply or divide common things at both sides…Common things are self-evident so they don’t need to be proved……Common things are really blessings of life…..But I am afraid that not all agree with this strategy of solving problems….Thomas Carlyle falsify the approach of commonalities by his axiom,
“"The tragedy of life is not so much what men suffer, but rather what they miss."….(iii)
It seems that all doors of happiness is closed…we can’t enter from opposite door (born at age of eighty) and by entering front door, our lives are ruined in two parts and we miss a lot of things we want so much ….:) But wait, sometimes kindness comes from places that we don’t expect…Perhaps it is because Probability is an undeniable part of mathematics…. Helen Keller the great blind writer is saying that though we miss a lot of things but miss because we don’t look at right direction,
Helen Keller, "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us"….(iv)
So if numbers are not much of help in life then we shouldn’t look long at this door…we have to move to the next door…Geometry!! Yes, maybe it has an open door for our happiness…Ralph Waldo Emerson, has an axiom about geometry of life,
"It is not length of life, but depth of life (that matters)."……(v)
Yay, it seems that at last we got the right axiom….Ralph Waldo agrees with us that numbers have nothing to do with life…it is geometry of life that matters….The Depth of Life…wait, I think we are not done yet…as we don’t know what makes the depth of life and how much depth one’s life can have?....That is a serious problem…..Let’s simplify things….I think we need to do some calculus…break down the problem into fractals and then integrate them… Frank A. Clark, is also agrees with my approach….
“"Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things."…….(vi)
Now that we know that it is the little things that are fractals of life…we can solve the problem easily….But there are too many small thing….From where to begin? And which fractals are the most important ones? No worries as William Wordsworth has figure out the fractals of life,
“"The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love"……(vii)
Now let’s integrate these fractals…. David Jordan has integrated these fractals…Let’s see what is the result…and how much depth one’s life can have?
"Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for"……(viii)
Aha, at last we got it…it is not the length of time but what it is that we live for is important and the depth of one’s life depends on real value of the thing that he/she lives for…….
Do you think that my conclusions are fair and right……..Well, you can’t rely on my calculations as I am not good at mathematics….you have to calculate for yourself….Steve Job the founder of Apple, is also agreeing with me,
“"Your time is limited, don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinion drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."