Q&A: With Karmak Bagisbayev Author of The Last Faith

23 April 2017



1. How did you find the reception on a book about faith? Did you receive a lot of challenge?
The book is not about faith. It presents a simplistic scientific model of the behaviour of all living matter, including humankind, which is based on just two fundamental principles. It is intentionally written in a format of a fictional conversation with God (in Einsteinian sense) in order to make it accessible and fun to read for a wide audience of readers. 


The feedback on the book is mixed - deeply “religious” people (radical believers and radical non-believers) passionately criticise it, while people with "scientific" and critical mindset are largely agreeing with the proposed model.


2. Why did you want to explore the moral principles of human nature? Has it always been an interest?

I noticed that human morality is changing with time and with changes in circumstances. I also noticed that some individuals are able to influence the morality of the large groups of people in both positive and negative directions (Jesus Christ, Adolf Hitler, etc.). Following that observation I started questioning the existence of absolute moral values and tried to understand how do moral values come to existence and what drives their change. The detailed answer is provided in my book.
 
 
4. Do you think your study or physics and maths influenced your view of the world?

Definitely. Mathematics and physics allowed me to develop a scientific and highly critical approach to understanding the world around us. Such an approach is based on logic, evidence, inference and constant questioning of everything, including the opinions of the authorities.

5. If you could give one reason to encourage people who are dubious of reading an atheists view of faith what would it be?

Correction – “an atheist’s view of the world, not faith”. I list a whole a range of unrelated questions in the synopsis and prologue of the book and give an answer to every single one of them with a supporting evidence. Any person interested in the answers to the list of questions that I provide should be encouraged to read my book and see if he/she finds my answers convincing.


6. What do you want to achieve with this book?

My main purpose is to show that the nature of humankind can be easily explained and understood with a combination of just two fundamental principles driving our everyday lives and evolution in time. I hope that such simplicity would allow people to liberate themselves from unnecessary illusions, prejudices, constraints and to realise a precious value and unlimited potential of each single individual human life.

Synopsis




What is the unique and most important feature that distinguishes man from all other living beings?

Why is it that, contrary to the instinct of self-preservation, a parent will throw themselves headlong into fire or water to save their child?

Why do people get married and why do they get divorced? Why do people have extra-marital affairs and why do two people in a couple become jealous of one another? What is Love?

When and why did the type of sex emerge among human beings that is free of any reproductive function?

Why are the social and behavioural distinctions between men and women being rapidly erased?

Why, despite everything, is the world becoming more tolerant than it was in previous centuries?

People are born with different intellectual, spiritual and physical capabilities. So why do we assert that all people are equal?

Can the world without violence exist? If not, under what circumstances and to what kind of violence does man have a right? Wherein lies the origin of this right?

Where is the root of our morality? Why do our moral values change over time? Do absolute moral values exist?

Why has Man, on the whole, never observed (or perhaps is incapable of observing) a set of various religious commandments? Should we observe them? Are they the decree of God?

By which “commandments” do we really live our lives and is it possible to formulate them in such a way that we could realistically observe them?

What is Good? And what is Evil? Is there a simple criterion by which one may distinguish Good from Evil?

In which direction is humanity evolving and is it governed by some universal law?

Is there any meaning to life?

Is it possible to give a clear and straightforward answer to all these questions?

It is, in fact, possible!

“The Last Faith: a book by an atheist believer” provides a clear and scientifically elegant answer to all the questions listed above. The answer which will cause the reader to reconsider many established moral principles and notions about the world around us. The answer which will help the reader to understand the nature of human actions, dilemmas, dramas and passions, in their true light. The answer which will elucidate the current stage in the development of human civilisation and offer unexpected predictions for its future.

“The Last Faith: a book by an atheist believer” is aimed at a wide audience and does not require any specialised knowledge. The author’s thoughts and reflections are presented here in the form of a fictional conversation with God which unfolds over the course of just two hundred pages. The author (PhD in Physics and Mathematics) gives concise and clearly expressed explanations and evidence for his ideas. He cites abundant examples from the world around us which are drawn from his extensive travels through Russia, America, Europe, Africa and Central Asia.

All this makes for an accessible and enjoyable read.


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