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One-Liner Wednesday on Illumination

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“It can be illuminating to look at the world in different ways.”  

Frank Wilczek, theoretical physicist

This quote came to me from Bob in my senior center writers’ group. Bob kindly provided the excerpt below on complementarity:

COMPLEMENTARITY IS MIND- EXPANDING

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“Thus, complementarity is an invitation to consider different perspectives. Unfamiliar questions, unfamiliar facts, or unfamiliar attitudes, in the spirit of complementarity, give us opportunities to try out new points of view and to learn from what they reveal. They foster mind expansion.  Why not bring this spirit to supposed conflicts between art and science, or philosophy and science, or religion A and religion B, or religion and science?

It can be illuminating to look at the world in different ways.  In my own experience, early exposure to Catholicism inspired me to think cosmically and to look for hidden meanings beneath the appearance of things. The attitudes have proved enduring blessings, even after I abandoned the faith’s strict dogmas. Today, I often go back to Plato, to Saint Augustine, to David Hume, or to “outdated” scientific works- Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Maxwell-to converse with great minds, and to practice thinking differently.

Of course, trying to understand different ways of thinking does not necessarily mean you must agree with them, much less adopt them as your own. In the spirit of complementarity, we should maintain detachment. Ideologies or religions that claim an exclusive right to dictate uniquely “correct” views are contrary to the spirit of complementarity.  That said, science has a special status. It has earned enormous credibility, both as a body of understanding and as an approach to analyzing physical reality, through its impressive success in many applications. Scientists who define themselves narrowly fail to enrich their minds, but people who avoid science impoverish theirs.”

Frank Wilczek

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

11 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday on Illumination

  1. A very thought provoking post.

  2. “…trying to understand different ways of thinking does not necessarily mean you must agree with them.” I wish more people understood this. Very well said, JoAnna.

    • Thanks, Dan. Just passing along the wisdom from Frank Wilczek . I wish more people understood this, too, and focused on understanding more than trying to convince.

  3. It’s helpful to make like the owl and look in both directions.

  4. A sane and enlightened viewpoint! There would be less hatred and violence in the world if everyone adopted this philosophy! Thank you for posting this, JoAnna! 🙂

  5. Thank you for sharing!!.. if more people would would look at this world with a open mind while following their heart filled with understanding this world would be a better place indeed… while the negative people seem to have the headlines, with today’s technology and blog sites like yours, more and more people are able to communicate and share ideas and with patience and time will make this a better world… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May the dreams you hold dearest
    Be those which come true
    May the kindness you spread
    Keep returning to you
    (Irish Saying)

    • The negative people and conflicts do seem to get the headlines. Yet more people are choosing more positive options. I’m honored you see blogs like mine as part of a way to make a better world. Thank you for your lovely comment, Larry. 🙂

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