Varadaraja V. Raman

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Ultimately, protons and electrons make the atoms about some elements, and atoms make the molecules that spell out a splendor in the rich variety of matter and life in the world.
They are too small to be perceived as separate entities by our naked eyes, and so large in their numbers we can hardly imagine them. A spoonful of water contains more atoms than there are stars in the universe. They are at the deepest roots of perceived reality.
We are not content with the experience of heat and cold. We want to know what exactly is the source of these sensations.
It is light that weaves the distant corners of the universe into a cosmic wholeness and that informs us of the presence of people and things beyond ourselves.

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More perhaps than in any other field, Indic thinkers investigated and reflected upon mind and consciousness.
Some have argued that ancient Indian civilization was sophisticated, not just in mysticism and metaphysics, but in technology as well. 
The Vedic thinkers already distinguished between what we come to know through our senses (pratyaksha) and the knowledge that is remote from the senses (proksha).
In the present age, all cultures and civilizations are seeking to re-affirm their individuality and integrity. 

Varadaraja V. Raman is an emeritus professor of physics and humanities at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has also taught at the Saha Institute for Nuclear Physics in Calcutta and the Université d'Alger in Algiers. He is the author of Indic Visions in an Age of Science, published by Metanexus.

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