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Some Dan Brown Nuggets from The Penguin Annual Lecture 2014

by Ragini Puri November 12, 2014 2 comments
Author Dan Brown at The Penguin Annual Lecture 2014

Dan Brown’s lecture on Codes, Science and Religion primarily focussed on the ‘now’ fine line between religion and science, with Brown reiterating his stance on science and religion going hand in hand and ‘being the two infallible sources from which we draw our truth’. Here are some prominent pointers from his lecture – 

1. Science and religion are partners. They are two different languages telling the same stories.
2. All religions have the same core beliefs – kindness, creation, and love. Kindness is better than cruelty, creation is better than destruction and love is better than hate.
3. There’s nothing in our DNA that predetermines our belief. We are not born believing in a certain God, we believe in and follow our parents’ religion.
4. We get caught up looking at our scriptures as facts when we should look at them as metaphors.
5. For our own survival, it is critical that we be open-minded, ask difficult questions and engage in dialogue. It is our duty as reflective people to spark off dialogue.
6. They say a pen is mightier than a sword, and I believe it is. A pen can reach a million people, doubt a sword can do that.
7. Dan Brown’s advise to authors – Fans and cheerleaders make you conceited, whereas critics demotivate you and make you insecure. So avoid both, put your blinders on and stay true to yourself.
8. The ones who burn books don’t have the brains to give an intelligent response.
9. There can be only one existence more miserable than being a writer. That is being married to a writer.

And saving my favourite for the last, for this I always keep pondering about – 

10. We couldn’t have been created by chance. “When I look at the world around me, I find it impossible to believe that it happened by chance.”
Where did we come from? Why are we here? What happens when we die?

And on that note, let me go and ponder about these questions some more. The whys, and the wheres and the whens and the hows.

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Santosh Kumar November 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm

superb concise point wise summary ……. can afford time to go through … !!
no need to ponder more….. every why can't be answered . ~_?

Ragini Puri November 13, 2014 at 7:13 am

Thanks for stopping by Santosh. Glad you enjoyed the post.
The pondering is eternal.


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