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Department of Mathematics
Heriot-Watt University
EH14 4AS

Christian Saemann
Associate Professor in Mathematical Physics


They who dance are thought mad by those
who hear not the music.


In recent years, the century-old battle between science and religion has reached a new peak due to abuse of science by people like Richard Dawkins to fight religion and the naive misuse of religion by the creationist and intelligent design movement to fight the theory of evolution. By definition, science and religion have two different domains of authority. Adapting any reasonable epistemologic view, science has little to nothing to say about transcendental phenomena outside of the realm of science (as the proof of the non-existence of singular events is something science can never achieve). And within any reasonable approach to objective truth, written tradition and scriptures have no authority over scientific findings, as science is the strongest rational path to objective truth available today. This principle is supported not only by the catholic church but also by sincere minds like Stephen Jay Gould, who calls this the principle of nonoverlapping magisteria, or NOMA.

For me, asking questions which certainly will not find their answers (only) within science is an essential part of being human. Clearly, I do not expect the thoughts mentioned in this section to be considered on equal footing as my scientific work. However, one should never forget that inspiration for many scientific breakthroughs came from religious and spiritual ideas.

Some Thoughts - Einige Gedanken

(The following documents are all in German.) Hier ist ein Essay über Ervin Laszlos Buch "Holos - Die Welt der neuen Wissenschaften", das ich für meinen Freund Reinhold Feldmann geschrieben habe. Leider kann ich das Buch nicht wirklich empfehlen.


The internet is full of esoteric web pages, but it is really difficult to separate wheat from the chaff. Therefore, let me only recommend very few links, which I found useful in the past. First of all, there is Via Nova, the publishing house of Werner Vogel, one of my most important teachers. Next, there is the web page of the Rosicrucian Fellowship, whose documents should certainly be read very sceptically, but nevertheless provide a good overview and background information on esoteric ideas and esoteric world view in general. Of course, I have to mention the homepage of Brian Josephson, a theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate, who "went nuts" according to most physicists. And finally, there are the Gesellschaft zur wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung von Parawissenschaften e.V. and the Natur- und Grenzwissenschaftliche Forschungsgemeinschaft e.V.