Model or Reality?

Introduction

Man’s investigation of nature (science) or his own nature (adhyatma vidya) raises a fundamental question. Do such investigations yield a description of reality or merely models of reality? For example, is the Big Bang model a model of reality or is it actually describing the real universe? I will describe here two examples, one from science and another from Brihadaranayaka Upanishad, to suggest that both science or adhyatma vidya yield only models of reality and not reality itself.

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