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Move Over Science (No Longer Cool)

November 15 2013

I think I’m onto something. And i don’t think i’m alone.

Throughout our childhood, school years, university, work life – and if we are really unlucky – all the way up until we die, we live on a diet of things and ideas “proven by science”. We teach our kids about it, we live by it and we die by it.

But i want to put it forward that science is not the be all and the end all.

There seems to be a zeitgeist alone these lines: “Science is the best tool we have in regards to obtaining answers about the universe. It is our most reliable source of information.” Science sells itself as perfect and everything else as taboo.

So lets dive into how science got so up on its high horse and see if it deserves to be there.

In 1637 a gentleman called René Descartes published a paper called Discourse on the Method. You’ll know it because i contains the line “I think, therefore i am”. It is one of the most fascinating, misunderstood, maligned document in history. And it is one of the most influential in the evolution of science. Discourse is a super interesting read with some super profound material in it. However there is one element which science seems to taken and run wild with and i want to shine a light on it.

BEFORE Rene penned this work, many of the ideas that formed the basis of scientific research flowed from the ether and everyone seemed cool with it. But in Discourse, Descartes made a comment stating that perception without deduction is unreliable. And boom, from that postulate sprang modern scientific method which will not allow for something that cannot be explained to be accepted as true, real or relevant. All of a sudden all the magic disappears. But here is the kicker… (I love this bit)

Descartes explains that this book, (reminder: the starting point for the entire system and structure of Western knowledge and which provids the foundations for modern science) CAME TO ITS AUTHOR IN THREE VISIONARY DREAMS INCLUDING A DREAM WITHIN A DREAM, WHICH PROVIDED THE KEY FOR INTERPRETING THE OTHER DREAMS!

On that note, I want to suggest that our current system of determining what serves us actually falls a long way short of serving us when we base it on Science.

So why am i writing this. A few reasons. Firstly, i am on my own personal quest to peal back the veil and allow the invisible world to be just a large a part as “reality” in my life. Secondly, as i start to blog more, i want to disclaim what is blogged by stating that yes, this may be subject scientific scrutiny – but then again – science is subject to scrutiny.  Especially, after all, as the godfather of science gets his inspiration in visionary dreams…

Why do sub-atomic particles keep getting smaller and we never get to the bottom of it, why do we never work out how big the universe is, and what causes and cures cancer?

Why leave it all to science when there are other ways to divine the truth.

Perhaps looking past science and move onto “overwhelming evidence” and into the realm of mystery is the next step for humanity. Perhaps, if you are in earnest about health and happiness, you will consider moving beyond simply following the scientists…

“Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.” – Niels Bohr

“The hypothesis of modern science starts from matter as the basic reality, considering space to be an extension of the void. The phenomenon of creation of stable cosmic matter, therefore, goes beyond the scope of present science. The theory also neither pinpoints the source of cosmic energy that resides in the structure of matter, nor can it explain the cause of material properties that are experienced with the behavior of matter. These are, in brief, the limitations of modern scientific theories at the most basic level of the physical phenomena of nature. When a scientific theory cannot cope with the question of the very origin of the universal matter and energy, how could it ever grasp and explain the phenomenon of consciousness which is evident in living beings?” – Paramahamsa Tewari

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