Evolution of Attitudes in the Realm of Science

AlchemyThe first half of my career was steeped in rocket science and aerospace engineering. I spent the bulk of those 13 years analyzing the designs of guidance systems for nuclear tipped ballistic missiles. As with virtually all people in this line of work, I found my own justifications for being on the “dark side.”

More importantly, I developed a negative viewpoint regarding those practices of which science either could not measure or could only measure at the fringes. For me, it didn’t matter that some of these disciplines had been successfully practiced for thousands of years and continually refined.

These practices I’m referring to include Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, I Ching, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, reiki, shamanism, all other energetic healing modalities and at the top my crap list was astrology. The science community as a whole even had a disparaging name for all these practices: pseudo-science. The view of the science community was that if they could not figure out how these practices worked, then they must be fraudulent. Furthermore, people who believed in these practices are naive and uninformed – and subject to wasting their time, money and sadly having false beliefs.

Being in the world of science, I bought into this attitude lock, stock and barrel. While my former attitude about these disciplines surely comes across to you as arrogant, naive and uninformed, I can now understand why I had this viewpoint.

If one looks at the evolution of scientific progress since its roots with René Descartes in the 17th century, science was originally viewed as a method to better understand those areas of life which could be measured under controlled conditions and, with adjustments, produce repeatable and predictable results. The mindset at the beginning of the scientific age was that science could be properly used in only some areas of life. Those other areas where it is not applicable are left to the realm of religion and spirituality.

Over time, the areas of life which could be explained by science significantly expanded into the territory which was originally held by religion and spirituality. In fact, this expansion was so successful, that people in the scientific community began to believe that eventually everything will be explained by science – and there will ultimately be nothing left over in the realm of religion and spirituality – and this area of life will cease to be relevant. You can see how this attitude naturally gravitated to a place where there is now a pervasive belief that science is everything, and if science can not explain a phenomena, that phenomena is false – and should be placed in the category of pseudo-science unless and until the evidence of its existence is so overwhelming that it can not be ignored any longer.

While there is this attitude in the scientific community as a whole that if science can not explain something at the moment, it is in the status of junk, the fact remains that science is far from explaining some very basic questions. For example, why is it that we can examine everything there is to know about every cell in the human body, and when we do, we can’t find any entity called consciousness? The separate parts don’t add up to the whole. There are myriads of unknown answers to basic questions in life which mainstream science chooses to avoid and worse yet, disparage those who dare to develop theories which are difficult to measure.

In short, the attitude of mainstream scientists is to spend time exploring that which we can currently measure, and reject ideas and concepts which they are not yet able to measure. To the mainstream science community, a discipline which has been successfully practiced and refined over thousands of years is worthless if it can not be scientifically explained. This arrogance is actually slowing down the progress of science because those practices labeled negatively by the scientific community are actively suppressed to the point where only the brave and crazy dare to explore for fear of being labeled a nut case and thrown out of the “respected” scientific community.

The good news is that there is now a modern scientific renaissance unfolding which can no longer be ignored by mainstream science. Thanks to new ways of communicating and disseminating information, respectable scientists on the fringes of science are being heard by the masses. Those scientists with curiosity, novel concepts, and unconventional approaches are being given the space to plow new territory in a credible way because the masses are increasingly able to see through the arrogance of the mainstream scientific community.

Since the 1990s, I have been gradually waking up to the pervasive attitude of mainstream science. My practice of astrology is a good example. Even after having had several hundred astrology conversations with people over the last few years, I can not explain how it works – and fully admit it. Yet astrology consistently works well and for me is by far the best practice I have yet to learn for having meaningful and insightful conversations with people. Where as the negative opinion of mainstream science regarding astrology used to strongly influence me, I now have a much healthier perspective on the limitations of science and also the deserved respect for practices which and been successfully used and refined over thousands of years.

How refreshing these times are!

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