I have indeed tried out the "karma without expectation"
[/quote]surinder wrote:[quote=".......I am curious if a scientific person has tried this approach and found it emperically better/useful/true. ............ ?
some random thoughts..
- Often, when I hear statements like above, I feel that the person (I dont mean you Surinderbhai..I am generalizing) subconsciously thinks that science and dharma are somehow mutually exclusive or contradictory. This, as has happened in the historical past is quite true of non-eastern religions. (Galileo being improsined by the Church for saying earth is not center of universe, etc)..
- Let me give an example:
A scientist conducting a clinical trial (research) discovers a drug named A which has the poential to treat a deadly disease.
Now the scientist has to find out if the new drug A that he/she has discovered is any better than the current standard (let us call it drug "B"). The scientist has everything to gain if t turns out drug A is better than B.. He will make croroes of rupees.
However, if in the process of his research he is biased and sincerely hopes and fudges data to prove A is better than B he is doing science and humanity a big disfaovr. Drug A will be falsely accepted as a cure and patients will suffer.
- If the scientisit is more interested in proving that Drug A is better rather than finding out the truth- i.e How good is drug A compared to Drug B- then he is likely to compromise on the research methodology, fudge data, etc..
- He may unconsciously be biased in his methodology and the final reults will not revleal the TRUTH
- Therefore in science the STARTING point or the BASIC assumptions is the NULL HYPOTHESES that is "There is no difference between Drug A and B".
- Such being hte case how should the researcher balance these two potentially conflicting thought processes? He should be focused on finding out the truth which is possible if he ensure the processes (research methodology) is not compromised.
- the researcher/scientist should focus on the process to ensure there is no BIAS or any known or unkown extraneous influences (avoid confounding factors) that could affect the outomce of the study.
- TheN THE outcome of the reasearch/study will be better valued by the peers and those critically analysing the research..
I think Lord Krishna's advise to remain dispassionate (not disengaged) applies perfectly to this scientists situation. In fact I cant think of any other value system or anaology from the spiritual field that best applies to the scientific world.
Sorry, if I have not been able to communicate my idea more clearly!