Spirituality is not about having powers and faculties; it is having the essential goodness. The Universe is waiting for us to return to our original goodness. This essential goodness in us will save the world.
Science is humanity’s way of understanding the universe, which allows us to predict the consequences of actions, and ultimately allows us to enhance our lives. We live on a small planet that will soon be inhabited by 8 billion people. To do this successfully, we’re going to need science to solve the problems that will arise when so many people live on a planet that is not designed, naturally, to handle those numbers. In the short term, science helps make our lives better; but in the long term, it will be crucial to our continued affluent survival.
I believe in giving everything in life, including science, a narrative. Tracing back all the technology and basic research in the iPhone is someone else’s narrative, but a very good one. In my own field, who would have thought that people working in my area – fundamental physics – would have produced the world wide web and Wi-Fi – arguably two of the most influential and transformational technologies of the past 50 years (and I would say the world wide web is the MOST influential advancement in my lifetime). In the end, we do my style of science because it is interesting, but we pay for it because it is valuable.
1. Support young people. Young scientists are at their most creative; their unfragmented lives allow them to be focused, and they are up-to-date with the leading edge of technologies. We under-invest in young scientists and over-invest in old scientists (like me!).
2. Keep science in the public domain. Competition in science is good, to a point, but science is at its most effective when the data, techniques, software and cultures are in the public domain – not kept secret to ensure one’s competitors cannot catch up. I strongly believe you should always try to keep in front by continually outperforming your competitors – not by keeping what you know hidden from the outside world.
Risk-taking is imperative in science – but I always tell people, learn to fail quickly, and move on to the next thing. Big fails are very dangerous to your career. In our case, I was genuinely alarmed when, after three years, we got a crazy result that was hard to believe. It seemed to be I had violated my own rule – I was about to fail after three years of hard work. That being said, I had no indications until we got “the wrong answer” that we were failing, and so when, after exhaustive scrutiny by the whole team, the result persisted, I knew we had to tell the world.
As we get more and more data, we are learning that interpreting data is subtle. No longer is a clinical result with 95% significance particularly interesting – we need to understand how many unreported null results there are to understand if that 95% really is 95% confidence.
And finally, scientists need to appreciate that to have impact, increasingly, we need to understand the human side of what we are doing. We can no longer work in isolation. Understanding the ethics and how our work interacts with humans and the way they think and behave is paramount. If we can work in parallel with this human side, our technological progress could have the impact that the planet so desperately needs.
Love will save the world. It is we who save the world by manifesting Love. Of course, God and the Light Masters (Rishis) help. But the main actors are we – the human beings. If we carry love in us all the time, it is enough; there will be absolutely no destruction and no suffering on this earth.
But sadly, we see that the majority of people have non-love in them. The resulting collective Karma causes destruction and pain. If there was enough Love on this earth, there would be no terrorism, no wars, there would be no militaries at all. The Love manifested by just a few individuals is not enough to save the world.