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Published:September 21st, 2009 21:40 EST
Computers, Numbers and Religion

Computers, Numbers and Religion

By Sean Beelzebul

Computers, Numbers and Religion

The Pythagoreans believed that numbers were the essence of all things. Indeed, the a priori truth of understanding numbers is a fascinating one. No matter, how hard we try to deviate in our thinking beyond simple mathematical truths we must constantly return to the laws of the universe and the universe in which we reside. It is true that the roots of science and all its many magnificent divisions, reside in the oldest observations of astrology and astronomy. Watching the movements of the celestial heavens above brought man on a quest to discover the laws (or at least the reasons) for these very mysterious events in our universe. Today, much of the scientific world has appeared to have forgotten these astrological and often religious roots of science. Yet, Pythagoras and the Pythagorean Theorem have certainly not been forgotten.

I am earning my current Master`s degree in Computer Science. My first Master`s degree was in religion and my Bachelor`s degree was in Philosophy. I am often asked; why such a jump from field to field? My answers are usually ambiguous, with me responding that the fields are actually interrelated. " Today, I will explain these connections in greater detail.

What I learned from Philosophy was simple; knowledge is endless, and the pursuit of knowledge is that which makes us humans thrive. What I learned from religion, is that absolute truth and the explanation of such is what gives beings a reason to exist. Unfortunately, many religious people stop when they believe they have found answers to the questions surrounding religious and (so they say) absolute truth. I found this to be a great philosophical quandary. However, I continued the program in religion and shaped my education around two Chinese Confucians; Mengzi and Wang Yang-Ming. These two religious philosophers purported ideals of innate knowledge and original being ". For the former, I immediately associated this idea with the Pythagorean belief in numbers, and other religio-philosophical topics. However, the latter was a bit more difficult to unravel.

A few months after I graduated with my MA in religion, I began work on my book (An End to Nihilism) several musical scores, and many other artistic projects. After these were for the most part complete, I decided I needed a website. When I began programming again after many years of multifarious and variegated ambitions, I realized original being. When I built my first computer at the age of 14 and programmed my first program at 15, I experienced joy. It was these few mid teenage years, where I also discovered my talents in music, philosophy and religion. Programming my website, tttp://www.beelzebul.org, made me realize that all the various disciplines I studied could be connected through technology. What`s more, I realized that Computer Science was very much like philosophy and religion only; progress is endless with computers, and the pursuit of progress is that which makes technology advance.