Meet Dr. Yunus Cengel, professor emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, and his views on the universe, creation and human existence. Part 5/5.
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Life Beyond Matter Part 5/5 Male: Dr. Cengel reminds us that Einstein realized science and religion could work together, support each other and in this way advance together. This is also his own belief. Dr. Cengel’s opinion that if a core of religion is the belief in God as the creator of the universe and the religion within us is like a users manual, the science that we have is also a user’s manual which is based on our observations that allow us to learn how this great creation is working. Dr. Cengel: Religion describes the creator, sciences in our sense, they also describe the great engineers. That has actually both do the same thing. Therefore, if not so they get together, they can be very supportive of each other. And our scientist I think, the more scientific knowledge the person acquires, I think his religious experience will be even deeper. His appreciation will expand and enhance instead of going the other way. Male: For instance, Dr. Cengel points to today’s intricate scientific knowledge of genetic codes, our genes and cells. This knowledge make some people feel like little God’s according to Dr. Cengel. Another group of people sees all of the information written into a single cell and sees the greatness of the engineer of the universe and they grow in belief, yet others simply appreciate the creator. They say if knowledge exists, that means there’s a knowledgeable being. If things are being done miraculously, that would mean a creator who can do things so easily and with such power that they occur as though they are happening by themselves. Dr. Cengel leaves us a thought provoking example of why there is meaning beyond matter and how we as human beings experience non-matter moments in our daily lives. He shows us in this instance how matter is temporary while meaning is timeless. Dr.Cengel: Imagine, we get a chocolate and once that we get a present, in our heart we feel the warmth because what we received is really someone is thinking about us, someone is expressing his or her love for us, the appreciation, all those nice non-material things. even if you don’t know what is in the box. It looks like we have received a lot. If we concentrate only on that chocolate inside, that is I think a very small gift, you can just eat the chocolate and it is gone. But if you receive the meaning of it, the thought behind it, the love that comes with it and I think the care that it represents, that is timeless. Female: If life has to search for meaning then perhaps one of the conclusions about search is the need to look beyond. Dr. Cengel is a man who works with the most practical of scientific questions and yet he is looked beyond his profession to seek God an understanding that science alone cannot provide. In the fourth coming episode of Matter & Beyond, we will continue to do the same. We will be on these great minds to help us look beyond expectation and explore its foundations in knowledge and belief. Until next time.
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