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Thereligionsandpoliticalviewsoftheinfluentials.

Religion

KakuwasbroughtupbyfirstgenerationJapaneseimmigrantsintheUnitedStates.Someeastern

philosophicalreligiousprinciplessurelyinfluencedhisupbringing.Asascientistandthinker,Kaku

seemstofeelthattheuniverse,initsorderandsymmetry,isGod.Heisapantheist

PoliticalViews

MostofKaku'spoliticalviewsrevolvearoundscience,itsmisusebygovernmentsandsocieties,and

critiqueforfundingdead­endagencies.Hedoes,however,envisionautopianfuturewherescience

hasmadeabetterlifeforall.Hisacknowledgementofscience,especiallyintermsofglobal

warming,puthimintheliberalcamp.

MichioKakuwasborninSanJose,California,thesonofJapaneseimmigrants.Kakugrew

upinahouseholdheavilyinfluencedbyJapaneseculture,thereforeitisreasonableto

assumethatthedominantreligiousideasofJapanwerepresent,namelyShintoand

perhapsBuddhism.

Kakuwasoneofthosereallygeekykidsyouhearaboutwhowasbuildingsophisticated

physicsexperimentsinhisparents’garage,winningthehighschoolsciencefair,gettinginto

Harvardasaresult,andbecomingafamoustheoreticalphysicist.

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Asaphysicist,Kakuisfrequently“bumpingupagainst”thosebigquestionsinlife:Where

didtheuniversecomefrom?Didsomeonecreateit?Istherepurpose,order,orchaos?In

fact,heciteshisinterestinthosequestionsasthereasonhebecameinterestedin

theoreticalphysics.

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Asaphysicist,Kakuisanadvocateandsupporterofstringtheory–theideathatour universeisbutoneofmanyuniversesinthe“multiverse.” Butintermsofspirituality,Kaku isclearlyapantheist.Hefindstheuniversebeautifulandwondrousinitssymmetryand naturalorder.Forexample,hehascalledtheGrandCanyonaCathedral andmarveledat thepatienceandtimeittookforwatertocarveit.

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Kakualsoseemstoregardphysicsasitsownsortofreligion.Wheninterviewed,he

frequentlysays:“Wephysicistsbelievethis,wephysicistsbelievethat.”Whenitcomesto

religion,hetendstouseEinsteinashismouthpiece.Kakusaid:

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WhenscientistsusethewordGod,theyusuallymeantheGodofOrder.For

example,oneofthemostimportantrevelationsinEinstein’searlychildhoodtook

placewhenhereadhisfirstbooksonscience.Heimmediatelyrealizedthatmost

ofwhathehadbeentaughtaboutreligioncouldnotpossiblybetrue.

Throughouthiscareer,however,heclungtothebeliefthatamysterious,divine

Orderexistedintheuniverse.

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Kaku’sapparentspiritualityrepresentsabitofabreakfrommuchofthescientific

community.Hedoesn’tseemtothinkthatreligionandsciencecan’tgetalong.Hesaid:

They[scienceandreligion]canbeinharmony,butonlyifrationalpeopleon

bothsidesengageinhonestdebate.

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Scientificpolitics

Unfortunately,byAmericanstandards,justthatfactthatKakutrustsscienceoverdivine

revelationandtelevangelists,heisprobablyconsideredaliberal.Hetendstofeelthat

mankind,whilebrilliantenoughtodevelopscientificprinciplesandtechnologies,isignorant

enoughtoregularlymisusescience.Thisincludesnuclearweapons,nuclearfuel,and

globalwarming,

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KakuhasalsobeencriticaloftheU.S.foritsmisguidedallocationoffundstoscience programsincludingNASA andthefactthatitlostitschancetobuildtheworld’sbiggest particleacceleratortotheEuropeanUnion.

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Sociallyandpolitically,Kakuhashiseyeonthefuture.Heboldlyandconfidentlypredicts

whatamazingtechnologyandconvenienceawaitthehumanracejustaroundthecorner.

However,heseemsabitnaiveandoverly­optimistic.Futuristshavebeentoutingthe

beautyofthefutureforgenerations,buttheirutopiahasyettomaterialize.We’llseeabout

Kaku’s.

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Therearedifferencesinthestrenghtoftheories.Bythat,ImeanhowROBUSTatheory

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