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Albert Einstein und Niels Bohr, 1930

 

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Wissenschaft ⇔ Spiritualität – Die Grenzen des linear-kausalen Weltbildes

Hawkins weist unermüdlich darauf hin, dass Menschen mit rationalen Alltagsverständnis grundlegenden Denkmodellfehlern unterliegen, insbesonders diesen:

 

  1. Linear und kausal zu denken,
  2. Das eigene Weltbild als objektiv anzusehen.

 

Hawkins weist das noch immer geltende naturwissenschaftlich-mechanistische Weltbild nach Isaac Newton der Domäne des linearen Denkens zu, das grundsätzlich auf den Prämissen von Kausalität und objektiver Beweisbarkeit beruht. Konzepte der Nicht-Linearität werden häufig ausgeblendet, da sie als zu kompliziert, unwesentlich oder schlicht als unsystematisch erscheinen – mit Ausnahme von:

Chaosforschung, Relativitätstheorie und Stringtheorie,

die sich fundamental auf das Denkmodell der Nicht-Linearität gründen.

Gegenüberstellung von Linearität ⇔ Nichtlinearität

Linear [BW 1-499] Nichtlinear [BW 500+]
Dualität Nichtdualität
Materiell Spirituell
Sichtbar Unsichtbar
Materie Leben
Illusion Wirklichkeit
Begrenzt Unbegrenzt
Ortsgebunden Diffus, überall, nichtlokal
Wissenschaftlich Mystisch
Orientiert an: ► D. Hawkins, Das All-sehende Auge, S. 413, 2005
Source: ► Linearität vs. Nichtlinearität

Die Grenze zwischen Linearität und Nichtlinearität

Auf der von ihm entwickelten Skala befindet sich das wissenschaftliche Denken im 400er Bereich und erreicht seinen Höhepunkt sowie seine maximale Grenze der Ausdehnung bei BW 499, wo sich intellektuelle Genies und Spitzendenker wie beispielsweise Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, René Descartes und Stephen Hawking bewegen.

 

Wissenschaftler und gewöhnliche Menschen können diese Grenze zwischen Linearität und Nichtlinearität sehr wohl überschreiten, nur geschieht dies derzeit selten (bei etwa 5% der Weltbevölkerung, und nur bei 1% der Wissenschaftler).
Die Schwierigkeit liegt darin, dass einhergehend mit einem Bewusstseinssprung von 499 auf 500 ein Paradigmenwechsel unumgänglich wird, der eine fundamental andere Anschauungs- und Seinsweise verlangt als sie das kausale Denken vorgibt.

 

Ab BW 500 – so Hawkins – er-lebt man zunehmend Nicht-Dualität, Synchronizität, Spiritualität, Liebe, Subjektivität […] Wissenschaft und Spiritualität sind demnach keine Unvereinbarkeiten, sondern unterschiedliche Sichtweisen auf ein und dieselbe Sache, wobei Hawkins klar sagt, dass das naturwissenschaftliche Weltbild aus der Warte eines umfassenderen Bewusstseins (vorgestellt anhand der von ihm entwickelten BW-Skala) unzureichend, ja irreführend, ist.

Zitate zum Thema Wissenschaft / Science

Zitate von D. Hawkins

⚠ Achtung Siehe Power vs. Truth (engl.) Januar 2013

Persönliches Bekenntnis

  • Ich respektiere den Intellekt. Gäbe es die Wissenschaft nicht, wären die meisten von uns nicht hier. Sedona Seminar Vision, 3 DVD-Set, 25. Februar 2005
⚠ Achtung Siehe Power vs. Truth (engl.) Januar 2013

 

  • Alles Wissen beruht auf und kommt hervor aus der erkenntnistheoretischen Matrix, die an sich den eigentlichen Kontext der Erkenntnis bildet. Der Kontext der Erkenntnistheorie umfasst demzufolge die nichtlinearen Eigenschaften des Verstehens. Somit setzen alle Informationssysteme das Begreifen der Natur des Bewusstseins voraus, um sie umfassend verstehen zu können. FU Licht des Alls. Die Wirklichkeit des Göttlichen, 2006

 

  • Die so genannte Gesundheits-Information ist verzerrt und verbreitet nur eine politische oder finanzielle Zielvorstellung. Es ist eine Auffassung, die sich selbst unterstützt, während das naive Publikum glaubt, objektive wissenschaftliche Berichte zu erhalten. […] Jede angeblich wissenschaftliche Aussage ist nur die Zurschaustellung einer Denkposition. Die Daten werden aussortiert und, noch viel wichtiger, aus ihrem Zusammenhang gerissen, so dass nur ein Teil der Geschichte vorgestellt wird. Diejenigen Tatsachen, die den Einfluss des Berichts ändern könnten, werden unterdrückt. OU Licht des Alls. Die Wirklichkeit des Göttlichen, Kapitel 4 "Ego und Gesellschaft", S. 118, 2006

 


 

  • Wissenschaft und Vernunft geringzuschätzen, so wie es Relativisten zu tun pflegen, ist nicht gut. Wir müssen den Intellekt respektieren. Wenn wir ihn meistern, können wir ihn überschreiten. Einerseits ist der Intellekt ein Hindernis, andererseits ein Sprungbrett. Sedona Seminar Identification and Illusion, 3 DVD-Set, 14. August 2004

 

  • Das westliche Paradigma ist die Welt der Wissenschaft. Sie favorisiert und verweilt in der Domäne der Logik, Vernunft und Beweise, während die Welt des Geistes darüber hinaus reicht. Sie ist ein anderes Paradigma. Demnach lassen sich die Abläufe und Gesetze des einen Bereichs nicht auf den anderen übertragen. Der scheinbare Konflikt entzündet sich der Verschiedenheit der beiden Weltanschauungen. Auf der 400er-Ebene kann man Gott weder beweisen noch widerlegen. [...] Die Problematik von Gott versus Wissenschaft ist tatsächlich eine Weltbildüberlagerung, die auf der Ebene, wo sie offenbar wird, nicht zu lösen ist. Sedona Seminar God vs. Science. Limits of the Mind, 3 DVD-Set, 17. Februar 2007

Quotes by D. Hawkins

⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

Personal avowal

  • I respect the intellect. If it weren’t for science, most of us wouldn’t be here. Sedona Seminar Vision, 3 DVD set, 25. February 2005

 

Conclusion

  • We like to pretend that our experiments define the truth for us. But that's often not the case. Just because an idea is true does not mean it can be proved. And just because an idea can be proved does not mean it is true. When the experiments are done, we still have to choose what to believe. Article by Jonah Lehrer (*1981) US American speaker, blogger, journalist, author specialized on psychology, humanity, neuroscience, The Truth Wears OffIs there something wrong with the scientific method?, presented by the US American magazine The New Yorker, 13. December 2010
⚠ Caveat See Power vs. Truth, January 2013

  • In the 400s […] God is replaced by science as the font of all knowledge and the hope for the future.
    … propensity to either/or-ness persists in the 400s as "scientific" vs. "non-scientific". Thus science itself is the home of a mechanistic reductionism and determinism which is held with the prevailing dogma that rivals that of the Church in the Middle Ages. The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 58, 2001

 

  • The levels of science and Logic, which calibrate in the 400s and dominate our society, view values and motives of those in the 500s with skepticism and go on to deny any reality at all to the levels above 600. The Eye of the I From Which Nothing is Hidden, S. 70, 2001

 

 

  • The consciousness of the scientific observer characteristically calibrates in the mid-400s. Transcending the Levels of Consciousness, Section V, "Spiritual Transformation. The Stairway to Enlightenment", S. 309, 2006

 

  • While the reductionist arguments for ‘bottom-­up’ seem learned to the unsophisticated, they sound very pedestrian and prosaic to the educated mind […]. In general, the greater cannot be disproved by the lesser. When transposed into levels of consciousness, those that are below level 200 are unable to comprehend higher paradigms. Thus, for analogous example, there are arithmetic, geometry, trigonometry, and then differential equations, quantum mechanics (the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle), etc. There are different levels. Thus, mechanistic reductionism ('bottom­-up' theories that calibrate at 185) does not even reach the realms it purports to disclaim. Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man, S. 92, 2008

 

  • Modern society worships science and not God. LoC 499 is a great block where a person reaches the limits of content. You cannot do it by pushing mind. Sedona Seminar Realization of the Self: Final Moments, 3 DVD set, 14. December 2002

 

  • It's no good to look down on science and reason, as relativism tends to do. We have to respect the intellect; we master it, then we can transcend it. On the one hand, the intellect is the barrier; on the other hand, it's the springboard. Sedona Seminar Identification and Illusion, 3 DVD set, 14. August 2004

 

  • The notion of causality itself doesn't even follow logic. Because something follows something else doesn’t mean that it's necessarily caused by that something. That’s the common error of the intellect, and of science as well. Sedona Seminar Witnessing and Observing, 3 DVD set, 16. October 2004

 

  • The beast of relativism tries to distort truth. Sedona Seminar Vision, 3 DVD set, 25. February 2005

 

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Two different paradigms

  • The paradigm of the western world [...] is the world of science, and it likes logic and reason and proof. The world of science lives in this domain and the world of spirit lives above that domain – a different paradigm. So you can't apply the processes of one domain to another. The reason for the seeming conflict is because they are two different paradigms. You can't prove or disprove God from the level of the 400s. It’s sort of intellectual grandiosity. You can't apply the rules of one realm to the other. You can't solve scientific problems with love and prayer. The problem of God vs. science is really mixing paradigms, and it’s not solvable on the level on which it is presented. Sedona God vs. Science. Limits of the Mind, 3 DVD set, 17. February 2007

Zitate von anderen Quellen

Denn unser Wissen ist Stückwerk, und unser Weissagen ist Stückwerk. Wenn aber kommen wird das Vollkommene, so wird das Stückwerk aufhören. Paulusbrief: 1. Korinther 13, 9-10 (NT)

 

Zukunftsaussichten

 

Appell

  • Wenn du das, worüber du sprichst, messen und in Zahlen erfassen kannst, weißt du etwas darüber. Wenn du es jedoch nicht messen kannst und nicht in Zahlen ausdrücken kannst, ist dein Wissen daselbst spärlich und unbefriedigend. Es mag der Beginn des Wissens sein, das allerdings gedanklich noch nicht zur Stufe der Wissenschaft ausgereift ist. William Thompson, 1. Baron Kelvin (1824-1907) britischer Physiker, Quelle unbekannt

 

Einsichten

  • Wissenschaft kann die letzten Rätsel der Natur nicht lösen. Sie kann es deswegen nicht, weil wir selbst ein Teil der Natur und damit auch ein Teil des Rätsels sind, das wir lösen wollen. Max Planck [BW 460/475] (1858-1947) deutscher theoretischer Physiker, Begründer der Quantentheorie, Nobelpreisträger für Physik, 1918, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Wohin und wie weit wir also blicken mögen, zwischen Religion und Naturwissenschaft finden wir nirgends einen Widerspruch, wohl aber gerade in den entscheidenden Punkten Übereinstimmung. Religion und Naturwissenschaft – sie schließen sich nicht aus, wie manche heutzutage glauben oder fürchten, sondern sie ergänzen und bedingen einander. Max Planck [BW 460/475] (1858-1947) deutscher theoretischer Physiker, Begründer der Quantentheorie, Nobelpreisträger in Physik, 1918, Max Planck. Vorträge und Erinnerungen, S. 333, 5. Auflage 1949, Nachdruck 1983

 

  • Eine neue wissenschaftliche Wahrheit pflegt sich nicht in der Weise durchzusetzen, dass ihre Gegner überzeugt werden und sich als belehrt erklären, sondern vielmehr dadurch, dass ihre Gegner allmählich aussterben und dass die heranwachsende Generation von vornherein mit der Wahrheit vertraut gemacht ist. Max Planck [BW 460/475] (1858-1947) deutscher theoretischer Physiker, Begründer der Quantentheorie, Nobelpreisträger für Physik, 1918, Wissenschaftliche Selbstbiographie, S. 22, Johann Ambrosius Barth Verlag, Leipzig, 1948
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Atome und Moleküle brauchen keine Zeit, um von einer Dimension in die nächste zu wechseln.

  • Es kann bedeuten, dass alles im Universum in einer Art totalem Rapport miteinander steht, so dass alles Geschehen zu allem anderen in Beziehung steht; es kann auch bedeuten, dass es Informationsformen gibt, die schneller als das Licht reisen können; oder es kann bedeuten, dass unsere Vorstellungen von Raum und Zeit in einer Weise geändert werden müssen, die wir noch nicht begreifen. David Bohm [BW 507] (1917-1992) führender deutschstämmiger US-amerikanischer theoretischer Quantenphysiker, Begründer der bohmschen Mechanik, Philosoph, Autor, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Naturwissenschaft ohne Religion ist lahm, Religion ohne Naturwissenschaft ist blind. Albert Einstein [BW 499] (1879-1955) deutschstämmiger US-amerikanischer theoretischer Physiker, Entwickler der Allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie, Nobelpreisträger in Physik, 1921, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Die Wissenschaft ist heute die Inquisition [...] es ist diesselbe Anmaßung wie damals von der Katholischen Kirche. [...] Wir wissen heute, dass die Wissenschaft selber nur eine Art Gleichnis ist für die Wirklichkeit und nicht mit der Wirklichkeit verwechselt werden soll. Tagungsvortrag von Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr (*1929) deutscher Quantenphysiker für Elementarteilchenphysik und Gravitation, Universität München, "passionierter Grenzgänger", Direktor des Max-Planck-Instituts für Physik (Werner-Heisenberg-Institut), München, alternativer Nobelpreisträger, Wir erleben mehr als wir begreifen – Naturwissenschaftliche Erkenntnis und Erleben der Wirklichkeit, präsentiert von der Technischen Universität Clausthal, Seminar zum Dialog von Naturwissenschaft und Theologie, TM Hörsaal, Video/DVD, Minute 8, 1:52:08 Minuten Dauer, 28. Mai 2002

 

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Zum Thema Seltsame Schleife

Diskussion Der mathematische Beweis, Arnd Schröter

 

  • Die heute gesicherte Meinung ist vielmehr, dass Alles – überhaupt Alles – zugleich Partikel und Feld ist. Alles hat sowohl die kontinuierliche Struktur, die uns vom Feld, als auch die diskrete Struktur, die uns von der Partikel her geläufig ist. Ebenso und aus dem gleichen Grunde mangelt der Welt der Naturwissenschaft alles, was eine Bedeutung in Bezug auf das bewusst anschauende, wahrnehmende und fühlende Wesen hat; von alledem enthält sie nichts. Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961) österreichischer Physiker, Wissenschaftstheoretiker, Nobelpreisträger für Physik, 1933, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Bei der Entwicklung wissenschaftlicher Ideen ist jedes Verstehen ein langwieriger Prozess, der schon lange vor der rationalen Formulierbarkeit des Bewusstseinsinhalts durch Prozesse im Unterbewusstsein eingeleitet wird. Als anordnende Organisatoren funktionieren die Archetypen als eben die gesuchte Brücke zwischen den Sinneswahrnehmungen und den Ideen und sind demnach auch eine notwendige Voraussetzung für die Entstehung einer naturwissenschaftlichen Idee. Wolfgang Pauli (1900-1958) österreichischer theoretischer Physiker, Pionier der Quantenphysik, Nobelpreisträger für Physik, 1945, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Die ganze Wissenschaftsgeschichte zeigt uns, dass, wenn die gebildeten und wissenschaftlich orientierten Männer jeder Epoche die Fakten anderer Forscher a priori aus Gründen der Absurdität oder Unmöglichkeit bestritten haben, die Leugner sich stets geirrt haben. Alfred Russel Wallace OM (1823-1913) britischer Naturforscher, Erdkundler, Anthropologe, Biologe, Aufsatz Notes on the Growth of Opinion as to Obscure Psychical Phenomena During the Last Fifty Years [Notizen über das Wachstum der Meinung über obskure psychische Phänomene während der letzten fünfzig Jahre], mündlich präsentiert auf dem "Psychical Congress", Chicago, August 1893, erstmals veröffentlicht in der britischen spiritualistischen Zeitschrift "The Two Worlds", S. 478, 15. September 1893

 

  • Seitdem man begonnen hat, die einfachsten Behauptungen zu beweisen, erweisen sich viele von ihnen als falsch.   Bertrand Russell [BW 465] (1872-1970) englischer Wissenschaftsphilosoph, Logiker, Mathematiker, Historiker, Sozialreformer, Pazifist, Mitglied der Royal Society, Nobelpreisträger für Literatur, 1950, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Die Zeit scheint gekommen, wo die Wege geistigen Forschens heterogenster Gebiete zu ihrem gemeinsamen Ursprung zusammenfinden, wir haben unterschieden, um heute zu vereinen. Heinz von Foerster (1911-2002) österreichischer Professor für Biophysik, Physiker, Direktor des Biological Computer Laboratory, Universität von Illinois, Philosoph des Radikalen Konstruktivismus, Mitbegründer der kybernetischen Wissenschaft, Das Gedächtnis. Eine quantenmechanische Untersuchung, "Vorwort", Franz Deuticke, Wien, 1948

 

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Reaktionsmuster von Standardwissenschaftlern auf Neuentdeckungen

  • Wann auch immer den Wissenschaftlern über eine neue Entdeckung berichtet wird, sagen sie zuerst:
    1. "Das trifft wahrscheinlich nicht zu."
Wenn danach die Richtigkeit bestätigt wurde, sagen sie:
2. "Es mag wohl zutreffen, ist aber nicht wichtig."
Schließlich, wenn genügend Zeit vergangen ist und ihre Bedeutung erwiesen wurde, sagen sie:
3. "Gewiss ist diese Entdeckung wichtig, aber sie ist nicht mehr neu."
Michel de Montaigne [BW 440] (1533-1592) französischer Politiker, Philosoph, Begründer der Essayistik, bedeutender Schriftsteller der Renaissance, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Praxis ist Kunst, Spekulation ist Wissenschaft, Religion ist Sinn und Geschmack fürs Unendliche. Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher (1768-1834) deutscher protestantischer Theologe, Altphilologe, Philosoph, Staatstheoretiker, Soziologe, Kirchenpolitiker, Pädagoge, Publizist, Über die Religion. Reden an die Gebildeten unter ihren Verächtern, Berlin, 1799

 

  • Wahre Wissenschaft ist vollendete Anschauung. Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher (1768-1834) deutscher protestantischer Theologe, Altphilologe, Philosoph, Staatstheoretiker, Soziologe, Kirchenpolitiker, Pädagoge, Publizist, Quelle unbekannt

 

 

  • Viele Physiker hofften, dass die Welt in gewissem Sinne doch klassisch sei – jedenfalls frei von Kuriositäten wie großen Objekten an zwei Orten zugleich. Doch solche Hoffnungen wurden durch eine Serie neuer Experimente zunichte gemacht. John Archibald Wheeler (1911-2008) US-amerikanischer theoretischer Physiker, Nobelpreisträger; zitiert in: Dr. Rolf Froböse, Die geheime Physik des Zufalls. Quantenphänomene und Schicksal, Verlag BoD Norderstedt, 2008

 

  • Heute ist man sich ziemlich einig darüber, und auf der physikalischen Seite der Wissenschaft fast ganz einig, dass der Wissensstrom auf eine nichtmechanische Wirklichkeit zufließt; das Weltall sieht allmählich mehr wie ein großer Gedanke als wie eine große Maschine aus. Sir James H. Jeans (1877-1946) englischer Physiker, Astronom, Mathematiker, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Manche durchaus noch der wissenschaftlichen Hauptströmung angehörende Wissenschaftler scheuen sich nicht mehr, offen zu sagen, dass das Bewusstsein neben Raum, Zeit, Materie und Energie eines der Grundelemente der Welt sein könnte. Jeremy Hayward, britischer Kernphysiker, Molekularbiologe, Universität Cambridge; zitiert in: Dr. Rolf Froböse, Die geheime Physik des Zufalls. Quantenphänomene und Schicksal, Verlag BoD Norderstedt, 2008

Hayward schlussfolgert, dass das menschliche Bewusstsein möglicherweise grundlegender als Raum und Zeit sei.

  • Die vielen Richtigkeiten der Wissenschaft haben die Wahrheit verschüttet. Gott. Richtigkeiten sind für die Wahrheit notwendig – aber nicht hinreichend. Max Thürkauf (1925-1993) Schweizer Naturwissenschaftler, Philosoph, Quelle unbekannt

 

  • Die Wissenschaftler huldigen einem "Konkretismus" bei einer Art von Verstand, den an der Uhr die Räder interessieren und nicht die Zeit, die sie misst. Max Horkheimer (1895-1973) deutscher Sozialphilosoph, Zentralfigur der Frankfurter Schule, Quelle unbekannt

Literaturzitate

  • Wer Wissenschaft und Kunst besitzt, hat auch Religion. Wer jene beiden nicht besitzt, der habe Religion. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [BW 465] (1749-1832) deutscher Universalgelehrter, Bühnendichter, Schriftsteller, Zahme Xenien IX, exzerpiert von: Poetische Werke, Band 2, [Band 1–16], S. 381-394, Berliner Ausgabe, 1960ff

Quotes by various other sources

Our knowledge is incomplete and our ability to speak what God has revealed is incomplete, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 1. Corinthians 13, 9 (Apostle Paul, NT)

 

Personal avowals

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Conference sponsored by Union Theological Seminary, New York

Covered as front-page news

  • [Famous conclusion] Science can be created only by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration toward truth and understanding. This source of feeling, however, springs from the sphere of religion. [...] The situation may be expressed by an image: science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. Albert Einstein [LoC 499] (1879-1955) German-born US American theoretical physicist, developer of the theory of general relativity, Nobel laureate in physics, 1921, cited in: Walter Isaacson, Einstein. His Life and Universe, Simon & Schuster, 2007

 

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Sailing Caputh in 1930

  • The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of all true art and science. Albert Einstein [LoC 499] (1879-1955) German-born US American theoretical physicist, developer of the theory of general relativity, Nobel laureate in physics, 1921, cited in: Walter Isaacson, Einstein. His Life and Universe, Simon & Schuster, 2007

 

 

  • I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize. George Bernard Shaw [Work LoC 400] (1856-1950) Irish politician, pacifist, satirist, dramatist, Nobel laureate in literature, 1925, source unknown

 

 

  • Basic research is when I'm doing what I don't know what I'm doing. Wernher von Braun [LoC 400] (1912-1977) German US American rocket scientist, aerospace engineer, space architect, leading figure in developing rocket technology in Nazi Germany during World War II and subsequently in the United States, designer of the V-2 and Saturn rockets, source unknown

 

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Her microscope was McClintock's source of extraordinary observational power.

  • I found that the more I worked with chromosomes, the bigger and bigger they got, and when I was really working with them I wasn't outside. I was part of the system. I was right down there with them, and everything got big. I even was able to see the internal parts of chromosomes. It surprised me because I actually felt as if they were my friends [...]. As you look at these things, they become part of you. And you forget yourself. Barbara McClintock (1902-1992) US American cytogeneticist, Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine, 1983, source unknown

 

 

  • I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced it to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be. Lecture delivered to the Institution of Civil Engineers by William Thompson, 1st Baron Lord Kelvin (1824-1907) British mathematical physicist, engineer, Electrical Units of Measurement, 3. May 1883, published in "Popular Lectures", volume I, S. 73, University of Toronto Library, 1889

 

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Gradualness

  • Firstly, gradualness. About this most important condition of fruitful scientific work I can never speak without emotion. Gradualness, gradualness, gradualness. Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936) Russian physiologist, discoverer of the conditioned reflex when experimenting with dogs, Nobel laureate in physiology/medicine, 1904, source unknown

 

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Szent-Györgyi's description of his creative process is remarkably like that given by French mathematician Jacques Hadamard (1865-1963) in his classic The Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field.

  • Scientific creation is in many ways germane to artistic creation [...]. In order to solve a problem, I have to think very hard about a problem but this thinking never leads me anywhere; it is but a necessary priming process. Finding myself unable to solve my problem, I 'drop it', that is, let it sink into my subconscious. How long it stays there varies. Then, unexpectedly, the solution is passed into my conscious mind. My brain must have done as the Hungarian laxative which was advertised: "While you sleep it does the work." Albert Szent-Györgyi (1893-1986) Hungarian physiologist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate in physiology or medicine, 1937, article On Scientific and Artistic Creativity, presented by the peer-reviewed academic journal Leonardo published by the MIT Press, Volume 6, Number 1, S. 57-58, Winter 1973

 


Snopy Rock, Sedona, Arizona
  • I doubt that Fleming could have obtained a grant for the discovery of penicillin on that basis [a requirement for highly detailed research plans] because he could not have said, 'I propose to have an accident in a culture so that it will be spoiled by a mould falling on it, and I propose to recognize the possibility of extracting an antibiotic from this mould.' Hans Selye (1907-1982) Hungarian-Austrian-Canadian pioneering endocrinologist, father of stress research, From Dream To Discovery. On Being A Scientist, Arno Press, new edition, June 1975

 

  • Science, I had come to learn, is as political, competitive, and fierce a career as you can find, full of the temptation to find easy paths. Paul Kalanithi (1977-2015) Indian-American neurosurgeon and writer, non-fiction autobiography When Breath Becomes Air, Random House, 12. January 2016

 

Questions

  • That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer. Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974) Polish-born British mathematician, biologist, creator of the television series The Ascent of Man, author, The Ascent of Man, Little, Brown & Company, August 1976, BBC Books, 1. April 2013

 

Appeals

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Note: Harvey's revolutionary appeal to people was to look for themselves rather than to look for authority.

Harvey's discovery furthered both physiology and the scientific method in general. The idea that theological dogma be subordinated to the empirical experience of the individual was a crucial step in the birth of science – and of democracy.

  • I appeal to your own eyes as my witness and judge. William Harvey [LoC 470/475] (1578-1657) English physician, first discoverer of the systemic circulation and properties of blood, source unknown

 

  • I ask you to look both ways. For the road to a knowledge of the stars leads through the atom; and important knowledge of the atom has been reached through the stars. Sir Arthur Eddington [LoC 460] (1882-1944) British astrophysicist of the early 20th century, Stars and Atoms, Lecture 1, 1928

 

  • It is not a question of whether a theory is philosophically delightful, or easy to understand, or perfectly reasonable from the point of view of common sense. The theory of quantum electrodynamics describes Nature as absurd from the point of view of common sense. And it agrees fully with experiment. So I hope you can accept Nature as She is – absurd. [...] Please don't turn yourself off because you can't believe Nature is so strange. Richard Feynmann (1918-1988) US American physicist known for integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, Nobel-laureate in physics, 1965, QED. The Strange Theory of Light and Matter, chapter 1, S. 10, Princeton University Press, 1985

 

Conclusions

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Alternative translation:

"I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives."

  • I know that most men – not only those considered clever, but even those who are very clever and capable of understanding most difficult scientific, mathematical, or philosophic, problems – can seldom discern even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as obliges them to admit the falsity of conclusions they have formed, perhaps with much difficulty – conclusions of which they are proud, which they have taught to others, and on which they have built their lives. Leo Tolstoy [LoC 420] (1828-1910) Russian playwright, essayist, novelist, writer, Aylmer Maude, translator, What is Art?, 1897, opening to chapter 14 "What Is Art and Essays on Art", Oxford University Press, 1930

 

  • We need to respect indigenous knowledge, things which are observed over thousand years and passed down orally.  Minute 1:17:26
    Science is a kind of ritual actually. It's a form of shamanism. ... In modern Placebo research a physician's belief in the efficacy of both the drug and the placebo has an effect on the outcome. ... We have the power to control our bodies down to the cellular level.  Minute 1:09:40
    In Ancient Egypt, 2,500 years ago, an empirically observed pregnancy test was noted on a translated papyrus — the Egyptian method of pregnancy testing and presaging the sex of a conceived child in the womb was first dismissed by scientists of the 20th century as prerational made-up hogwash. However, it took four different studies in four different countries proceeded in the 30ties to confirm every bit of the ancient empirical knowledge that was generally transmitted orally from generation to generation.  Minute 1:13:25ff
    Video interview with Stephan A. Schwartz, Ph.D., US American futurologist, senior fellow for Brain, Mind and Healing, Samueli Institute, cognitive sciences research associate, Laboratories for Fundamental Research, author, Stephan A Schwartz: Non-Local Consciousness and Exceptional Experiences, presented by host Craig Weiner, D.C., YouTube film, 1:19:27 duration, posted 4. March 2014

 

  • We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two. We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about 'and'. Sir Arthur Eddington [LoC 460] (1882-1944) British astrophysicist of the early 20th century, cited in: Alan L. Mackay, The Harvest of a Quiet Eye. A Selection of Scientific Quotations, Taylor & Francis, 1977, 1. January 1982

 

  • You get dumber by degrees. Ashley Montagu (1905-1999) British-American anthropologist, humanist, author on race and gender, politics and development, source unknown, undated
    • [Je gelehrter, desto verkehrter.] Deutsche Redewendung

 

Recommendations

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Da Vinci anticipated the law of conservation of energy

"There is no free lunch in Nature."

  • O speculators about perpetual motion, how many vain chimeras have you created in the like quest? Go and take your place with the seekers after gold. Leonardo da Vinci [Works LoC 565] (1452-1519) Italian polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, writer, Madrid Codex I, f. 148r, 1490-1499

 

Conclusions

  • We are to admit no more causes of natural things than such as are both true and sufficient to explain their appearances. Sir Isaac Newton [LoC 499] (1643-1727) English psysicist, mathematician, astronomer, alchemist, philosopher, nature researcher, civilian administrator, writer, Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, New Latin issue 1687, second edition 1713, 1726, 1728

 

  • There is increasing concern that most current published research findings are false. The probability that a research claim is true may depend on study power and bias, the number of other studies on the same question, and, importantly, the ratio of true to no relationships among the relationships probed in each scientific field. John Ioannidis, Ph.D. (*1965) Greek American professor of medicine and of health research and policy, professor of statistics, Why Most Published Research Findings Are False, presented by the nonprofit open access scientific publishing project Public Library of Science (PLOS), 30. August 2005

 

 

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Note:

Eisler made a 10 year study on the material presented in her first seminal book The Chalice and the Blade.
Chalice is a symbol for women. Blade is a symbol for men.

  • I think that today we are beginning to understand that the so-called scientific objectivity is in many ways a figment of people's imagination. Video TV interview with Riane Eisler, Ph.D., J.D. (*1931) Austrian-born US American scholar, cultural historian, systems scientist, partnership researcher, activist, attorney, educator, writer, Recreating Our Past, Recreating Our Future, excerpt from Thinking Allowed DVD, presented by the US American independent public television series Thinking Allowed (PBS) (1988-2002), host Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D., US American director of the Intuition Network, program dean of the University of Philosophical Research, YouTube film, minute 0:26, 12:00 minutes duration, posted 22. August 2010

 

Future prospect

 

Insights

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Science cardinal error: shutting the Creator out of His Creation

  • The cardinal error of science lies in shutting the Creator out of His Creation. This one basic error topples the whole structure, for out of it all of the other misconceptions of light, matter, energy, electricity, magnetism and atomic structure have grown. If science knew what LIGHT actually IS, instead of the waves and corpuscles of incandescent suns which science now thinks it is, a new civilization would arise from that one fact alone. […] Science excluded God from its consideration because of the supposition that God could not be proven to exist by laboratory methods. Walter Russell (1871-1963) US American polymath, natural philosopher, mystic, architect, painter, sculptor, builder, author (unified theory in physics and cosmogony), A New Concept of the Universe, "An Open Letter To The World Of Science"]], 13. February 1953, S. 8-11, University of Science and Philosophy, revised edition June 1989

 

  • I do not wish to impugn reductionism so much as establish its proper place in the grand scheme of things. […]
    We live not at the end of discovery but at the end of Reductionism, a time in which the false ideology of human mastery of all things through microscopics is being swept away by events and reason. Robert B. Laughlin, Ph.D. (*1950) US American professor of physics and applied physics, Stanford University, physics Nobel laureate in physics, 1998, author, A Different Universe. Reinventing Physics from the Bottom Down, "Preface", final paragraph, Basic Books, 28. February 2006
  • If science proves some belief of Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change. H.H. 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso [LoC 570] (*1935) Tibetan monk, leader of the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" branch of Tibetan Buddhism, Peace Nobel Prize laureate, 1989, source unknown

 

  • The consensus that science and spirituality are incompatible no longer holds firm. As the scientific understanding of the nature of reality deepens, perceptions are changing and people are beginning to show more interest in what I call our inner world. By this, I mean the dynamics and functions of consciousness: both our hearts and our minds. H.H. 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso [LoC 570] (*1935) Tibetan monk, leader of the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" branch of Tibetan Buddhism, Peace Nobel Prize laureate, 1989, Facebook comment, 19. October 2010

 

  • Science is the tool of the Western mind and with it more doors can be opened than with bare hands. It is part and parcel of our knowledge and obscures our insight only when it holds that the understanding given by it is the only kind there is. Carl Gustav Jung [LoC 520/540] (1875-1961) Swiss psychiatrist, psychoanalytist, founder of a new school of analytical depth psychology, author, source unknown

 

  • All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike – and yet it is the most precious thing we have. Albert Einstein [LoC 499] (1879-1955) German-born US American theoretical physicist, developer of the theory of general relativity, Nobel laureate in physics, 1921, source unknown

 

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Note: Common sense

  • Common sense is, as a matter of fact, nothing more than layers of preconceived notions stored in our memories and emotions for the most part before age eighteen. Albert Einstein [LoC 499] (1879-1955) German-born US American theoretical physicist, developer of the theory of general relativity, Nobel laureate in physics, 1921, cited in: E.T. Bell, Mathematics. Queen and Servant of Science, MAA Spectrum Series, December 1987

 

  • The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking. Albert Einstein [LoC 499] (1879-1955) German-born US American theoretical physicist, developer of the theory of general relativity, Nobel laureate in physics, 1921, source unknown

 

  • Science is the attempt to make the chaotic diversity of our sense-experience correspond to a logically uniform system of thought. Albert Einstein [LoC 499] (1879-1955) German-born US American theoretical physicist, developer of the theory of general relativity, Nobel laureate in physics, 1921, source unknown

 

  • There are in fact two things – science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance. Hippocrates of Cos [Father of Western medicine] [LoC 485] (~460-~377 BC) ancient Greek physician of the Age of Pericles, outstanding figure in the history of medicine, healer, source unknown

 

 

  • Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve. Max Planck [LoC 460/475]] (1848-1947) German theoretic physicist, founder of quantum theory, Nobel laureate in physics, 1918, Where Is Science Going?, 1932, Ox Bow Press, June 1981

 

  • Physics reduces the Divine to the Human, while Alchemy raises the Human to the Divine. Earthly things must be known to be loved, heavenly things must be loved to be known. Blaise Pascal [BW 465] (1623-1662) French mathematician, philosopher, physicist, source unknown

 

  • Science throws her treasures, not like a capricious fairy into the lap of a favored few, but into the laps of all humanity, with a lavish extravagance that no legend every dreamed of. Ernst Mach [LoC 460/490] (1838-1916) Tschechian-born Austrian physicist, philosopher of science, developer of logical positivism, forerunner of Einstein's relativity theory, source unknown

 

  • Science is one thing, wisdom is another. Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children, and cut their own fingers. Sir Arthur Eddington [LoC 460] (1882-1944) British astrophysicist of the early 20th century, attributed in: Robert L. Weber, More Random Walks in Science, 1982

 

  • The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. Nikola Tesla [LoC 460] (1856-1943) Serbian US American physicist, mechanical and electrical engineer, inventor, source unknown

 

  • The plan I have suggested is to disturb by powerful machinery the electricity of the earth, thus setting it in vibration. Proper appliances will be constructed to take up the energy transmitted by these vibrations, transforming them into a suitable form of power to be made available for the practical wants of life. Nikola Tesla [LoC 460] (1856-1943) Serbian US American physicist, mechanical and electrical engineer, inventor, cited in: Interview presented by the US American large-distribution newspaper New York Herald (1835-1924), 1893

 

  • It is the lone worker who makes the first advance in a subject. The details may be worked out by a team, but the prime idea is due to the enterprise, thought, and perception of an individual. Sir Alexander Fleming, FRSE, FRS, FRCS [LoC 460] (1881-1955) Scottish biologist, pharmacologist, botanist, bacteriologist, discoverer of penicillin, 1928, Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine, 1945, source unknown

 

  • Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.   Thomas Henry Huxley [Darwin's Bulldog] [LoC 460] (1825-1895) English biologist, early advocate of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution [LoC 450], forerunner of Social Darwinism, eugenicist, The Darwin Memorial, "Collected Essays", volume 2, 1885

 

 

  • The investigator should have a robust faith – and yet not believe.
  • The true worth of a researcher lies in pursuing what he did not seek in his experiment as well as what he sought. Claude Bernard [LoC 450] (1813-1878) French physiologist, who defined the term milieu intérieur (homeostasis), source unknown

 

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Reactions of standard scientists when faced with new discoveries

  • Whenever a new discovery is reported to the Scientific world, they say first,
    1. "It is probably not true."
Thereafter, when the truth of the new proposition has been demonstrated beyond question, they say,
2. "Yes, it may be true, but it is not important."
Finally, when sufficient time has elapsed to fully evidence its importance, they say,
3. "Yes, surely it is important, but it is no longer new."
Michel de Montaigne [LoC 440] (1533-1592) influential French philosopher, politician, Renaissance writer, source unknown

 

  • The advance of science is not comparable to the changes of a city, where old edifices are pitilessly torn down to give place to new, but to the continuous evolution of zoological types which develop ceaselessly and end by becoming unrecognizable to the common sight, but where an expert eye finds always traces of the prior work of the centuries past. One must not think then that the old-fashioned theories have been sterile or vain. Jules Henri Poincaré [LoC 430] (1854-1912) French polymath, mathematician, theoretical physicist, engineer, philosopher of science, The Value of Science, "Introduction", S. 14, The Science Press, 1907

 

  • The Scientist must set in order. Science is built up with facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house. Jules Henri Poincaré [LoC 430] (1854-1912) French polymath, mathematician, theoretical physicist, engineer, philosopher of science, Science and Hypothesis, chapter IX "Hypotheses in Physics", The Walter Scott Publishing, New York, 1905, Tr. George Bruce Halsted, 1913

 

 

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Nonsense detector kit

  1. Wherever possible there must be independent confirmation of the "facts."
  2. Encourage substantive debate on the evidence by knowledgeable proponents of all points of view.
  3. Arguments from authority carry little weight — "authorities" have made mistakes in the past. They will do so again in the future. Perhaps a better way to say it is that in science there are no authorities; at most, there are experts.
  4. Spin more than one hypothesis. If there's something to be explained, think of all the different ways in which it could be explained. Then think of tests by which you might systematically disprove each of the alternatives. What survives, the hypothesis that resists disproof in this Darwinian selection among "multiple working hypotheses," has a much better chance of being the right answer than if you had simply run with the first idea that caught your fancy.
  5. Try not to get overly attached to a hypothesis just because it's yours. It’s only a way station in the pursuit of knowledge. Ask yourself why you like the idea. Compare it fairly with the alternatives. See if you can find reasons for rejecting it. If you don’t, others will.
  6. Quantify. If whatever it is you're explaining has some measure, some numerical quantity attached to it, you'll be much better able to discriminate among competing hypotheses. What is vague and qualitative is open to many explanations. Of course there are truths to be sought in the many qualitative issues we are obliged to confront, but finding them is more challenging.
  7. If there's a chain of argument, every link in the chain must work (including the premise) — not just most of them.
  8. Occam's Razor. This convenient rule-of-thumb urges us when faced with two hypotheses that explain the data equally well to choose the simpler.
  9. Always ask whether the hypothesis can be, at least in principle, falsified. Propositions that are untestable, unfalsifiable are not worth much. Consider the grand idea that our Universe and everything in it is just an elementary particle – an electron, say – in a much bigger Cosmos. But if we can never acquire information from outside our Universe, is not the idea incapable of disproof? You must be able to check assertions out. Inveterate skeptics must be given the chance to follow your reasoning, to duplicate your experiments and see if they get the same result.
    Carl Sagan [LoC 200, work LoC 420] (1934-1996) US American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, exobiologist, science popularizer and communicator in the space and natural sciences, author, The Demon-Haunted World. Science as a Candle in the Dark, chapter "The Fine Art of Baloney Detection", Random House, Ballantine Books, 1995

 

  • There is no science without metaphors. Elisabet Sahtouris, Greek-American post-Darwinian creationist evolutionary biologist, pastist/futurist, promoter of anthropomorphism over mechanomorphism, business consultant, former UN consultant, source unknown

 

  • The business of science is choosing the appropriate metaphors. Stuart Kauffman (*1939) US American medical doctor, theoretical biologist, complex systems researcher, author, source unknown

 

  • In any field, whether it's psychology or physics, find the strangest thing and then explore it. John Archibald Wheeler (1911-2008) US American theoretical physicist, pioneer in nuclear and gravitation physics, Nobel laureate in quantum electrodynamics, 1965, source unknown

 

  • The basic texture of research consists of dreams into which the threads of reasoning, measurement, and calculation are woven. Albert Szent-Györgyi (1893-1986) Hungarian-born US American physiologist, biochemist who isolated vitamin C, Nobel Peace Prize laureate in physiology or medicine, 1937, Bioenergetics, Academic Press, New York, 1957

 

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Simplistic characterization of science: 1) operational character of scientific theories, 2) antidote to the besetting sins of modern science: arrogance and grandiosity.

  • It takes two to invent anything. The one makes up combinations; the other recognizes what is important in the mass of things which the former has imparted. What we call genius is much less the work of the first than the readiness of the second to grasp the value of what has been laid before him and to choose it. Paul Valéry (1871-1945) French philosopher, critic, poet, essayist, Collected Works of Paul Valery, Volume 1. Poems, Princeton University Press, 1971, paperback issue, 8. March 2015

 

  • 'Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.
    [Shortened version: Science is a collection of successful recipes.]
    Paul Valéry (1871-1945) French philosopher, critic, poet, essayist,
    Moralités'', 1932

 


Sedona Vortex
  • The progress of science is strewn, like an ancient desert trail, with the bleached skeletons of discarded theories which once seemed to possess eternal life. Arthur Koestler (1905-1983) Hungarian-born British renegade of the Communist Party, journalist, author, source unknown

 

  • It's an experience like no other experience, the best thing that can happen to a scientist, realizing that something that's happened in his or her mind exactly corresponds to something that happens in nature. It's startling every time it occurs. One is surprised that a construct of one's own mind can actually be reshyalized in the honest-to-goodness world out there. A great shock and a great, great joy. Leo Kadanoff, Ph.D. (*1937) US American mathematical physicist, University of Chicago, developer of chaos theory and fractals, president of the American Physical Society (APS), source unknown

 

Idealistic philosopher Isaiah Berlin listed the three basic tenets of scientific truth finding in the Age of Enlightenment:

 

  • Darwinism is not synonymous with evolution. Darwin's [continuous] theory [on 1000s and 1000s of gene mutations] does not explain all the data concerning evolution. [...] Darwin's theory cannot even begin to give an understanding on how an eye (organ) can develop. [...] There don't have to be actual mutations.' In fact quantum physics insists that all mutations are [...] quantum possibilities for consciousness to choose from. Only when consciousness is ready to choose, when there is a whole Gestalt of consciousness giving us the organ then only the organ becomes manifest. Audio Interview with Amit Goswami, Ph.D. (*1936) Indian US American professor emeritus of nuclear physics, University of Oregon, quantum cosmologist, author, Science and the Rediscovery of God'', #3272, presented by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC Radio National, minute 45:15, 1 hour duration, 12. August 2008, reissued 19. January 2009

 

  • The whole history of science shows us that whenever the educated and scientific men of any age have denied the facts of other investigators on a priori grounds of absurdity or impossibility, the deniers have always been wrong. Alfred Russel Wallace OM FRS (1823-1913) British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist, biologist, short essay Notes on the Growth of Opinion as to Obscure Psychical Phenomena During the Last Fifty Years, orally presented at the Psychical Congress, Chicago, August 1893, first published in the British Manchester-based spiritualism magazine "The Two Worlds", S. 478, 15. September 1893

 

  • Science can explain what's happening down inside atoms and what's happening at the edge of the universe, but it cannot explain consciousness. It's a paradox – without consciousness there would be no science, but science doesn't know what to do, at all, with consciousness. Peter Russell, M.A., D.C.S. (*1946) awakened British physicist, visionary futurist, eco-philosopher, producer of three films on consciousness, author, cited in: article Science and Spirituality, presented by the media outlet Timeline, March/April 1999

 

  • Aristotle could have avoided the mistake of thinking that women have fewer teeth than men by the simple device of asking Mrs. Aristotle to open her mouth.   Bertrand Russell [LoC 465] (1872-1970) British philosopher, social critic, logician, mathematician, historian, social reformist, "pacifist", member of the Royal Society, Nobel laureate in literature, 1950, source unknown

 

  • It took an incredible decadence for man to accept materialistic theories such as those of Lamarck and Darwin! All traces of confidence in divine harmony and of legitimate pride must have vanished in our lack of reaction against a science that lowers us to the brute state of so-called prehistoric man or anthropoid. Those who steer humanity toward such stultification are madmen or criminals. R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz (1887-1961) French researcher of the art and architecture of the Temple of Luxor in Egypt, author, The Egyptian Miracle. An Introduction to the Wisdom of the Temple, Inner Traditions, 1. November 1985

 

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Second Copernican revolution underway

  • Science by its very nature is incomplete. Its basic predicate is wrong. […] Science needs to undergo its own [second] Copernican revolution in which it understands that the roundness of science is going to be completed when concsciousness, when intention, when spirit, when the invisible and the visible are brought together and a third whole emerges that includes and completes both. That's when science will relax a little and the tyranny of scientific reduction. […] Like all dogmatic beliefs because it insists on certainties in a world that is inherently openended and mysterious. It has just a long way to go. It'll get there. Video interview with Jim Garrison (*1951) US American theologian, president of Wisdom University, founder of the State of the World Forum, author, Wisdom – The Future of Western Civilisation No. 11, presented by Dr. Nicholoas Beecroft, British consultant psychiatrist, YouTube film, minute 16:38, 34:09 minutes duration, posted 10. February 2012

 

  • The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and precisely that it is expected to work. John von Neumann (1903-1957) Hungarian-American mathematician, polymath, digital computer logician, creator of game theory, unsourced

 

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Science critique

Blog review Science for Heretics, presented by heroesnotzombies.com, bobleckridge, 7. September 2016

  • For centuries we have been measuring all sorts of things but generally only recording the results we expected and ignoring the rest. […]
    Life saving claims for medicines need careful examination. Drugs do certain things which are beneficial to the human body in disease, but they inevitably have other effects which can be deleterious or even fatal. […]
    Science gives us theories that purport to explain how the universe works. This breeds confidence in scientists who then go on to do things that carry certain risks. These risks are rationalised away on the basis of existing theory. Even if our Heretic is wrong in saying that all theory is actually erroneous, history shows us that most or perhaps all theories ultimately prove incorrect. Our perceptions and calculations of risk are therefore also likely to be erroneous. Science generally also assumes a high degree of control over experimental conditions and again this faith seems misplaced. While we may routinely underestimate risk, we also routinely overestimate our ability to control it. […]
    As well as a possible law for uniqueness, the Heretic is open to the possibility of a second law governing complexity, namely that it increases with time.
    Barrie Condon, retired British honorary professor of physics, University of Glasgow, oceanographer, medical physicist, consultant scientist for National Health Service, United Kingdom, author, Science for Heretics. Why so much of science is wrong, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 23. June 2016

 

  • Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof. Ashley Montagu (1905-1999) British-American anthropologist, humanist, author on race and gender, politics and development, unsourced, undated

 

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Note: Teaching the scientific method at a time when it was a novelty, Whewell put his finger on a key element, prediction.

  • It is a test of true theories not only to account for, but to predict phenomena. William Whewell, FRS FGS (1794-1866) English polymath, Anglican priest, theologian, philosopher, historian of science, Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences, Aphorism 39, 1840

 

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Scientists tend to resist paradigm changes.

  • Scientists often are not able to make the transition to a new theory and offer lifelong resistance to it. The transfer of allegiance from paradigm to paradigm is a conversion experience that cannot be forced. Though a generation is sometimes required to effect the change, scientific communities have again and again been converted to new paradigms. Furthermore, these conversions occur not despite the fact that scientists are human but because they are. Thomas Samuel Kuhn (1922-1996) US American physicist, historian, philosopher of science, introduced the notion of "paradigm shift" to describe scientific revolutions, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, S. 151, International Encyclopedia of Unified Science, 1962, University of Chicago, 2nd edition 1970, 4th edition 2012

 

  • Under normal conditions the research scientist is not an innovator but a solver of puzzles, and the puzzles upon which he concentrates are just those which he believes can be both stated and solved within the existing scientific tradition. Thomas Samuel Kuhn (1922-1996) US American physicist, historian, philosopher of science, introduced the notion of "paradigm shift" to describe scientific revolutions, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, International Encyclopedia of Unified Science, 1962, University of Chicago, 2nd edition 1970, 4th edition 2012

 

  • Overall, the major publishers control more than half of the market of scientific papers both in the natural and medical sciences and in the social sciences and humanities. Furthermore, these large commercial publishers have huge sales, with profit margins of nearly 40%. While it is true that publishers have historically played a vital role in the dissemination of scientific knowledge in the print era, it is questionable whether they are still necessary in today’s digital era. [...]
    Our findings question the real added value of big publishers [ACS, Sage, Taylor & Francis, Springer, Reed Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell]. Ultimately, the question is whether the services provided to the scientific community by these publishers warrant the growing share of university budgets allocated to them. Vincent Lariviere, Ph.D., Canadian professor of communication, School of Library and Information Science, University of Montreal, leader of study The Oligopoly of Academic Publishers in the Digital Era, presented by journal PLOS, 10. June 2015, cited in: article Study Finds Nearly All Scientific Papers Controlled By Six Corporations, presented by the publication True Activist, John Vibes, US American researcher, investigative journalist, author, 22. July 2015

Since the 1970’s nearly all major scientific papers (flow of scientific information in scientific journals) are controlled by the same six corporations.

 

  • The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny.' Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) Russian-born US American professor of biochemistry, Boston University, author of popular science and science fiction books, source unknown

 

  • Science today suffers from a hardening of the categories. Edward Francis Kelly, Ph.D., US American research professor, department of psychiatric medicine, University of Virginia, source unknown

 

  • A lot of what is published is incorrect." I'm not allowed to say who made this remark because we were asked to observe Chatham House rules. […]
    The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness. Article by Richard Horton (*1961) British editor-in-chief of The Lancet, Offline: What is medicine's 5 sigma?, presented by the United Kingdom-based medical magazine The Lancet, volume 385, No. 9976, S. 1380, 11. April 2015

 

  • The medical profession is being bought by the pharmaceutical industry, not only in terms of the practice of medicine, but also in terms of teaching and research. The academic institutions of this country are allowing themselves to be the paid agents of the pharmaceutical industry. I think it's disgraceful. Arnold Seymour Relman (1923-2014) US American Harvard professor of medicine, editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine (1977-1991), source unknown

 

  • There are two sciences – the science of manipulation and the science of understanding. Fritz Schumacher (1869-1947) German architect, urban designer, source unknown

 

  • Life is larger than science, and if we allow science to define life for us, we will always be defining life too small. Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., US American clinical professor of family and community medicine, UCSF School of Medicine, co-founder and medical director of the "Commonweal Cancer Help Program", storyteller, author, source unknown

 

  • History teaches us that big jumps in human innovation come about mainly as a basic result of pure curiosity. Innovation is key to meeting many of today's development challenges, and the primary force for innovation is fundamental research. Without it, there would be no science to apply. Faraday's experiments on electricity, for example, were driven by curiosity but eventually brought us electric light. No amount of R&D on the candle could ever have done that. Electric light came from innovation driven by fundamental science. Robert Aymar, former director-general of CERN, source unknown

 

  • Today’s scientists are simply rediscovering the ancient wisdom that shows the sense of wonder that connects us with the universe and God. Dr. David Lewis Anderson, US American physicist, time travel researcher, director of the Anderson Institute on Time-Control Technology, source unknown

 

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Complementation of object-based and observer-based science

  • Entanglement, nonlocality and coherent structures are all manifestations of the universe which is basically living and conscious. Consciousness manifesting as awareness, of objects and the observing agent, is primary, rather than derived through blind processes as current materialist approaches claim. Entanglement is not a peculiarity of quantum mechanical phenomena at microscopic scales. It is instead the natural feature of the primacy of consciousness, operating through three fundamental principles of complementarity;
    1. creative interactivity and
    2. sentience [aka awareness-consciousness]; and
    3. recursion.
Advances in quantum mechanics, quantum-like processes in biology and cognition and the working of the fundamental principles of consciousness will form the cornerstones of the emergence of Observer-based Science, distinguishing it, but complementary to, current Object-based Science. Article by Menas C. Kafatos, Ph.D. (*1945) Greek US American professor of computational physics, Chapman University, author, The Spookie Mind, presented by the US American liberal-oriented online newspaper The Huffington Post, 11. November 2014

 

  • The stumbling way in which even the ablest scientists in every generation have had to fight through thickets of erroneous observations, misleading generalizations, inadequate formulations, and unconscious prejudice is rarely appreciated by those who obtain their scientific knowledge from textbooks. James Bryant Conant, Ph.D. (1893-1978) US American chemist, educator, transformative president of Harvard University, first U.S. Ambassador to West Germany, source unknown

 

  • Back of any discovery or invention there is invariably to be found an evolutionary development of ideas making its geniture possible. The history of the calculus furnishes a remarkably apt illustration. The method of Newton was no more unanticipated than were his laws of motion and gravitation. [Newton and Leibniz] are to be thought of as the inventors of the calculus in the sense that they gave to the infinitesimal procedures of their predecessors the unity and precision necessary for further development. Their work differed from the methods of their predecessors, Barrow and Fermat, more in attitude and generality than in substance and detail. The procedures of Barrow and Fermat were themselves but elaborations of the views of such men as Torricelli, Cavalieri, and Galileo, or Kepler. Carl Boyer (1906-1976) US American historian of sciences and mathematics, cited in: opinion article The Creative Process. The Wisdom of Science, presented by US American bimonthly magazine Psychology Today, Robert W. Fuller, Ph.D. robertworksfuller.com (*1936) US American professor of physics, college president, dignity and rankism researcher, lecturer, author, 18. October 2014

 

  • Genius [...] is not a biological fact. It is a combination of social conditions wherein the life story of the individual within the group and within his own family plays the determining role. Jean Rostand (1894-1977) French biologist, philosopher, source unknown

 

  • Science is a cemetery of dead ideas, even though life may issue from them. Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936) Spanish philosopher, Greek professor, University of Salamanca, poet, playwright, essayist, novelist, source unknown

 

  • True science teaches, above all, to doubt and be ignorant. Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936) Spanish philosopher, Greek professor, University of Salamanca, poet, playwright, essayist, novelist, source unknown

Literary quotes

Scientific certainty ⇔ scientific uncertainty

Scientist A: "I am a scientist! I know what I am doing!"
Scientist B: "I too, am a scientist. I do not know what I am doing. And that is why I am a scientist!"
Scientist A: "If it works, don't fool with it."
Scientist B: "Do we understand WHY it works?"
Scientist A: "No, but that doesn't matter because it works."
Scientist B: "Then if we do not understand why it works, even if it works, I am obliged and
compelled to fool with it. And take this: the data and discovery occur because of error and redundancy;
Error is part of balance, providing pathways to Truth and unification of all forces and matter."

Michael Wolf, Ph.D. (*1967) German mathematician, statistician, The Catchers of Heaven.
A Trilogy
, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 15. December 1996

 

Movie quotes

  • Definition of a scientist: someone who knows nothing until there is nothing left to know. Anthony Zerbe (*1936) US American stage, film and Emmy-winning television actor, US American movie The Omega Man, produced by Warner Brothers, 1. August 1971

Quotes on scientism

Appeal

  • Man has to awaken to wonder – and so perhaps do peoples. Science is a way of sending him to sleep again. Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) Austrian British philosopher, Georg Henrik von Wright, translator, selection of personal notes Culture and Value [Vermischte Bemerkungen, 1977], 1946, Basil Blackwell, Oxford, England, 1970
  • If you want to expel religion from our European civilization, you can only do it by means of another system of doctrines; and such a system would from the outset take over all the psychological characteristics of religion – the same sanctity, rigidity and intolerance, the same prohibition of thought – for its own defence. You have to have something of the kind in order to meet the requirements of education. And you cannot do without education.   Sigmund Freud [LoC 499] (1856-1939) Austrian neurologist, deep psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis, critic of religion, author, The Future of an Illusion [Die Zukunft einer Illusion], James Strachey, 1927, W.D. Robson-Scott, 1989

 

  • Insofar as he makes use of his healthy senses, man himself is the best and most exact scientific instrument possible. The greatest misfortune of modern physics is that its experiments have been set apart from man, as it were, physics refuses to recognize nature in anything not shown by artificial instruments, and even uses this as a measure of its accomplishments. Johann Wolfgang Goethe [LoC 465] (1749-1832) German polymath, poet, playwright, dramatist, novelist, Journal Entry, Weimar, 11. May 1817

 

 

  • In fact, certainty exists in very different modes. The kind of certainty afforded by a verification that has passed through doubt is different from the immediate living certainty with which all ends and values appear in human consciousness when they make an absolute claim. But the certainty of science is very different from this kind of certainty that is acquired in life. Scientific certainty always has something Cartesian about it. It is the result of a critical method that seeks only to allow what cannot be doubted. This certainty, then, does not proceed from doubts and their being overcome, but is always anterior to any process of being doubted. Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002) German philosopher on hermeneutics, Truth and Method, Sheed and Ward, London, 1960, 2nd edition, 1989

 

  • The public has a distorted view of science because children are taught in school that science is a collection of firmly established truths. In fact, science is not a collection of truths. It is a continuing exploration of mysteries. Review by Freeman Dyson, Ph.D. (*1923) British-born US American theoretical physicist (quantum field theory, solid-state physics, astronomy, nuclear engineering), mathematician, author, How We Know, presented by fortnightly British journal of literary essays London Review of Books, 10. March 2011

 

  • An enlightened trust in the sovereignty of human reason can be every bit as magical as the exploits of Merlin, and a faith in our capacity for limitless self-improvement just as much a wide-eyed superstition as a faith in leprechauns. Terry Eagleton, Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate, The Terry Lectures, 16. March 2010

 

 

  • Many scientific disciplines begin by not observing any sort of vital spark or consciousness in material events and proceed to deny that these things exist in living things, including themselves. Because consciousness does not fit into their mechanistic schemes they declare it illusory. Magicians make exactly the reverse argument. Observing consciousness in themselves and animals, they are magnanimous enough to extend it to all things to some degree—trees, amulets, planetary bodies, and all. This is a far more respectful and generous attitude than that of religions, most of whom won't even give animals a soul. Peter J. Carroll, Liber Null and Psychonaut. An Introduction to Chaos Magic, Weiser Books, 15. January 1987

 

  • As for karma itself, it is apparently only that which binds "jiva" (sentience, life, spirit, etc.) with "ajiva" (the lifeless, material aspect of this world) – perhaps not unlike that which science seeks to bind energy with mass (if I understand either concept correctly). But it is only through asceticism that one might shed his predestined karmic allotment.
    I suppose this is what I still don't quite understand in any of these shramanic philosophies, though - their end-game. Their "moksha", or "mukti", or "samsara". This oneness/emptiness, liberation/ transcendence of karma/ajiva, of rebirth and ego - of "the self", of life, of everything. How exactly would this state differ from any standard, scientific definition of death? Plain old death. Or, at most, if any experience remains, from what might be more commonly imagined/feared to be death - some dark perpetual existence of paralyzed, semi-conscious nothingness. An incessant dreamless sleep from which one never wakes? They all assure you, of course, that this will be no condition of endless torment, but rather one of "eternal bliss". Inexplicable, incommunicable "bliss", mind you, but "bliss" nonetheless.
    So many in the realm of science, too, seem to propagate a notion of "bliss" - only here, in this world, with the universe being some great amusement park of non-stop "wonder" and "discovery". Any truly scientific, unbiased examination of their "discoveries", though, only ever seems to reveal a world that simply just "is" - where "wonder" is merely a euphemism for ignorance, and learning is its own reward because, frankly, nothing else ever could be.
    Still, the scientist seeks to conquer this ignorance, even though his very happiness depends on it – offering only some pale vision of eternal dumbfoundedness, and endless hollow surprises. The shramana, on the other hand, offers total knowledge of this hollowness, all at once – renouncing any form of happiness or pleasure, here, to seek some other ultimate, unknowable "bliss", off in the beyond. Jasper Siegel Seneschal, Mark X., Citations. A Brief Anthology, Ushguriud Editions, paperback, 4. December 2013

 

  • To bracket form and finality out of one's investigations as far as reason allows is a matter of method, but to deny their reality altogether is a matter of metaphysics. David Bentley Hart, The Experience of God. Being, Consciousness, Bliss, Yale University Press, paperback, 30. September 2014

 

  • The disruption of science is one which abandons the method and seeks to conquer grounds outside its territory. It is not at all religion but this pseudo-science that is the enemy of science. Criss Jami, Healology, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, paperback, 13. January 2016

 

  • "The world," he said, "grows hourly more and more sceptical of all that lies beyond its own narrow radius; and our men of science foster the fatal tendency. They condemn as fable all that resists experiment. They reject as false all that cannot be brought to the test of the laboratory or the dissecting-room. Against what superstition have they waged so long and obstinate a war, as against the belief of apparitions? And yet what superstition has maintained its hold upon the minds of men so long and so firmly? Show me any fact in physics, in history, in archaeology, which is supported by testimony so wide and so various. Attested by all races of men, in all ages, and in all climates, by the soberest sages of antiquity, by the rudest savage of today, by the Christian, the Pagan, the Pantheist, the Materialist, this phenomenon is treated as a nursery tale by the philosophers of our century. Circumstantial evidence weighs with them as a feather in the balance. The comparison of causes with effects, however valuable in physical science, is put aside as worthless and unreliable. The evidence of competent witnesses, however conclusive in a court of justice, counts for nothing. He who pauses before he pronounces is condemned as a trifler. He who believes, is a dreamer or a fool." Amelia B. Edwards, The Phantom Coach. Collected Ghost Stories, Christopher Roden/Ash-Tree Press, 1st Kindle edition 3. February 2012

 

  • The hidden influence of such thinking on Protestant Christianity, of course, has been enormous. No Protestant body would professor even consider what the religious humanists said in 1933. Yet on a practical level, a metaphysical doubt is present. When the doubt remains unchallenged, it leads modern Christians into a position very similar to that of the ancient gnostics. If the heresiarchs devised archons to be responsible for the mistakes of the cosmos, thereby free­ing God of responsibility, a scientifically oriented generation has in­terposed its own archons: the big bang, probability, evolution, all of which provide some distance between God and this deficient cosmos. Philip J. Lee, Against the Protestant Gnostics, Oxford University Press, revised paperback edition 1. January 1987

 

  • For all we know, the larger part of the motive for trying to expand science is not self-serving; it is merely mistaken. The idealistic element in it is its desire to achieve in the understanding of man what science has achieved in the understanding of matter. Its mistake is in not seeing that the tools for the one are of strictly limited utility for the other, and that the practice of trying to see man as an object which the tools of science will fit leads first to underrating and then to losing sight of his attributes those tools miss. (The mere titles of B.F. Skinner's Beyond Freedom and Dignity (1971) and Herbert Marcuse's One-Dimensional Man (1964) will, in opposite ways, suffice.) If it be asked, "But what did the nonscientific approach to man and the world give us?" The answer is: "Meaning, purpose, and a vision in which everything coheres." Huston Smith (1919-2016) US American religious studies scholar, author, Forgotten Truth. The Common Vision of the World's Religions, HarperOne, reprint paperback edition 9. October 1992

 

  • If philosophy is regarded as a legitimate and necessary discipline, then one might think that a certain degree of philosophical training would be very useful to a scientist. Scientists ought to be able to recognize how often philosophical issues arise in their work — that is, issues that cannot be resolved by arguments that make recourse solely to inference and empirical observation. In most cases, these issues arise because practicing scientists, like all people, are prone to philosophical errors. To take an obvious example, scientists can be prone to errors of elementary logic, and these can often go undetected by the peer review process and have a major impact on the literature — for instance, confusing correlation and causation, or confusing implication with a biconditional. Philosophy can provide a way of understanding and correcting such errors. It addresses a largely distinct set of questions that natural science alone cannot answer, but that must be answered for natural science to be properly conducted. Article by Austin L. Hughes, Ph.D. (1949-2015) professor of biological sciences, University of South Carolina, founder and director of the Institute for Biological Research and Technology, The Folly of Scientism?, presented by the technology journal The New Atlantis, S. 32-50, Number 37, fall 2012

 

  • A falsifiable theory is one that makes a specific prediction about what results are supposed to occur under a set of experimental conditions, so that the theory might be falsified by performing the experiment and comparing predicted to actual results. A theory or explanation that cannot be falsified falls outside the domain of science. For example, Freudian psychoanalysis, which does not make specific experimental predictions, is able to revise its theory to match any observations, in order to avoid rejecting the theory altogether. By this reckoning, Freudianism is a pseudoscience, a theory that purports to be scientific but is in fact immune to falsification. In contrast, for example, Einstein’s theory of relativity made predictions (like the bending of starlight around the sun) that were novel and specific, and provided opportunities to disprove the theory by direct experimental observation. Article by Austin L. Hughes, Ph.D. (1949-2015) professor of biological sciences, University of South Carolina, founder and director of the Institute for Biological Research and Technology, The Folly of Scientism?, presented by the technology journal The New Atlantis, S. 32-50, Number 37, fall 2012

 

  • The temptation to overreach, however, seems increasingly indulged today in discussions about science. Both in the work of professional philosophers and in popular writings by natural scientists, it is frequently claimed that natural science does or soon will constitute the entire domain of truth. And this attitude is becoming more widespread among scientists themselves. All too many of my contemporaries in science have accepted without question the hype that suggests that an advanced degree in some area of natural science confers the ability to pontificate wisely on any and all subjects. Article by Austin L. Hughes, Ph.D. (1949-2015) professor of biological sciences, University of South Carolina, founder and director of the Institute for Biological Research and Technology, The Folly of Scientism?, presented by the technology journal The New Atlantis, S. 32-50, Number 37, fall 2012

 

  • The fundamental problem raised by the identification of "good science" with "institutional science" is that it assumes the practitioners of science to be inherently exempt, at least in the long term, from the corrupting influences that affect all other human practices and institutions. Ladyman, Ross, and Spurrett explicitly state that most human institutions, including "governments, political parties, churches, firms, NGOs, ethnic associations, families ... are hardly epistemically reliable at all." However, "our grounding assumption is that the specific institutional processes of science have inductively established peculiar epistemic reliability." This assumption is at best naïve and at worst dangerous. If any human institution is held to be exempt from the petty, self-serving, and corrupting motivations that plague us all, the result will almost inevitably be the creation of a priestly caste demanding adulation and required to answer to no one but itself. Article by Austin L. Hughes, Ph.D. (1949-2015) professor of biological sciences, University of South Carolina, founder and director of the Institute for Biological Research and Technology, The Folly of Scientism?, presented by the technology journal The New Atlantis, S. 32-50, Number 37, fall 2012

 

  • Of all the fads and foibles in the long history of human credulity, scientism in all its varied guises – from fanciful cosmology to evolutionary epistemology and ethics – seems among the more dangerous, both because it pretends to be something very different from what it really is and because it has been accorded widespread and uncritical adherence. Continued insistence on the universal competence of science will serve only to undermine the credibility of science as a whole. The ultimate outcome will be an increase of radical skepticism that questions the ability of science to address even the questions legitimately within its sphere of competence. One longs for a new Enlightenment to puncture the pretensions of this latest superstition. Article by Austin L. Hughes, Ph.D. (1949-2015) professor of biological sciences, University of South Carolina, founder and director of the Institute for Biological Research and Technology, The Folly of Scientism?, presented by the technology journal The New Atlantis, S. 32-50, Number 37, fall 2012

 

  • With or without 'college' we are able to use our senses by perceiving the world around us, that in turn shapes and creates ones own reality. Perception is reality. My 'reality' is not the same as your 'reality' since we all have a different mental database, life experience, physiology, different characteristics, environments we grew up and people we hang out with, etc. I might fall in love with a certain smell while it triggers bad memories for someone else. Same goes for the other senses while perceiving 'reality'. And how real is this so called 'reality' anyway? Our senses can be quite limited compared to a camera or other living creatures on the planet. There are sounds and colours humans can not detect with their senses. We in fact do not perceive the whole 'picture'. The most important things in life are unseen. My point is that we do not need hierarchic, indoctrinating, and capitalized institution called 'science' to tell us what, when, why, and how to think, experiment, sense, and live our lives. Long before there was any 'science', there was sense first. Nadja Sam, source unknown

 

  • The scientistic faith in a science that will one day not only fulfill, but eliminate, personal self-conception through objectifying self-description is not science, but bad philosophy. Jürgen Habermas, source unknown

 

  • The key to the scientist's purpose is the idea that every phenomenon is the product of a certain given set of condition. In his laboratory he hopes to reconstitute the set of conditions, however complex they may be, which, once they are fully reconstituted, cannot fail to give rise to the phenomenon he is after, life. In other words he seeks to start off a mechanically fated chain-reaction; and of course, in enumerating the conditions that have made it possible for him to manufacture his phenomenon he systematically discounts the huge mental toils, the plodding, methodical research, of himself and others.
    Thus, by a singular contradiction, he succeeds in convincing himself and, of course, attempts to persuade others, that he has arrived at the origin of his phenomenon; he sets out to demonstrate that everything in the universe runs perfectly smoothly by itself, without any creative power at anytime intruding. Gabriel Marcel, source unknown

 

  • [...] a view that we call "scientism" : and that is that science is the only way to truth, now that is just logically false, because the statement "science is the only way to truth" is not a statement of science, so if it's true, it's false. Perhaps it's too late at night for logic like that is it? John C. Lennox, source unknown

 

  • If asked, "Do you believe in ghosts or the supernatural?", I can only answer somewhat as follows.
    I do believe in another world which penetrates this, and that, as Milton so aptly puts it, "Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth/Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep", I deplore the false Cartesian split as a dreadful blow to the human mind. To me, the world of imagination, which works by means of analogy, is as real, in its own particular way, as the everyday external world. To me, the myths are vital truths, the gods and goddesses still live, on that mighty archetypal plane which lies beyond our little selves and yet within our being, too. Now this may appear illogical, a tangled web of contradictions. To believe in every spiritual truth, in all religions and all creeds, to revere a single God and the many? This may disturb the theologian, but not the Mystic. For, to the mystical turn of mind, the One may become the Many, the Many One. Spiritual and poetic truth – the transcendental vision, that is – encompasses both reason and ethics, yet soars above them. Harvey Peter Sucksmith, Those Whom the Old Gods Love, Christopher Roden/Ash-Tree Press, 1994, Kindle Ebook, 1st edition 21. July 2012

 

 

  • This belief, that science eradicates (the need for) God, is a myth many people believe today. The truth is that science, the study of the world and collection of our findings, has not and cannot disprove God. There is no scientific journal that has disproven God’s existence. This is because God cannot be put in a test tube and either verified or falsified. God is a spiritual being and is outside the reach of empirical scientific research. Christians cannot prove God the existence of God with absolute certainty, nor can atheists disprove his existence with any certainty. That does not mean that we cannot look at the evidence as to whether or not God exists. Jon Morrison, US American Christian blogger, author, Clear Minds & Dirty Feet. A Reason to Hope, a Message to Share, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 1st edition 6. June 2013

 

 

  • Science, at its core, is simply a method of practical logic that tests hypotheses against experience. Scientism, by contrast, is the worldview and value system that insists that the questions the scientific method can answer are the most important questions human beings can ask, and that the picture of the world yielded by science is a better approximation to reality than any other. John Michael Greer (*1962) US American author who writes on the environment, various religions, and occult topics, After Progress. Reason and Religion at the End of the Industrial Age, S. 60, New Society Publishers, 30. March 2015

Englische Texte – English section on Science

Ten premises of science

Key premises of modern science (of what's real)
༺༻Premise
1.Everything is made of information in motion.
2.There are multiple (at least ten) dimensions of reality.
3.Hyperspace contains 97% of reality that our senses cannot detect.
4.We live in a holographic universe.
5.Every set of circumstances is driven by potential.
6.All life has an implicate (built-in) order of growth.
7.Each person has a hyperspacial counterpart, a Full Potential Self.
8.Human thought, feelings and behaviors are controlled by self-organizing information systems (holodynes).
9.Every problem is caused by its solution.
10.Individual and collective consciousness can be transformed.
Source: ► Dr. Victor Vernon Woolf, US American physicist, founder of the method Holodynamics,
The Science of Survival, presented by Holodynamics.com, undated, copyrighted 2015
See also: ► Life

Flawed beliefs of reductionist science – Rupert Sheldrake

In his 2012 book Science Set Free. 10 Paths to New Discovery British biologist
Rupert Sheldrake has listed ten core beliefs taken for granted by scientists and lay people.
༺༻ Reductionist·scientific·belief          Rupert Sheldrake's rebuttal          
1.Everything is essentially mechanical. People and animals are complex mechanisms, rather than living organisms with goals of their own.
Richard Dawkins views people as machines (genetically programmed computers), as 'lumbering robots.'
1
"First, some physicists insist that quantum mechanics cannot be formulated without taking into account the minds of observers. They argue that minds cannot be reduced to physics because physics presupposes the minds of physicists."
2.All matter is unconscious. Matter has no inner life or subjectivity or point of view. Human consciousness is an illusion produced by the material activities of brains. See below
3.The total amount of matter and energy
is always the same.
Exception: [*] Theory of Big Bang, when all the matter and energy of the universe suddenly appeared
4.The laws of nature are fixed. They are the same today as they were at the beginning and will stay the same forever. Memory works through a transfer of information between self-organising systems on the basis of similarity, with this resonance taking place from the past to the present. Each species has a kind of collective memory and on which each individual draws, and to which it contributes.2
5.Nature is purposeless, and evolution
has no goal or direction.
"Purposes exist in a virtual realm, rather than a physical reality. They connect organisms to ends or goals that have not yet happened; they are attractors, in the language of dynamics, a branch of modern mathematics. Purposes or attractors cannot be weighed; they are not material."  "Developing systems are attracted towards their ends or goals. They are not only pushed from the past, they are pulled from the future."  RS, SSF, page 130/140
6.All biological inheritance is material, carried in the genetic material (DNA) and in other material structures. "Dark matter is currently thought to make up about 23 % of the mass and energy of the universe, whereas normal matter and energy make up only about 4 %. Worse still, most contemporary cosmologists think that the continuing expansion of the universe is driven by "dark energy," whose nature is again obscure. According to the Standard Model of cosmology, dark energy currently accounts for about 73 % of the matter and energy of the universe."
7.Human consciousness is an illusion. The human mind is inside the head/brain and the activities of brains. The image of the tree you are seeing is not 'out there', where it seems to be, but inside your brain. See below
8.Memories are stored as material traces in brains
and are wiped out at death.
See below
9.Unexplained phenomena like telepathy are illusory. 
10.Mechanistic medicine is the only kind
that really works.
"In 2009, around 4,000 women who developed breast cancer while taking Prempro, a hormone replacement therapy (HRT), sued the drug's manufacturer, Wyeth. In court, it turned out that many of the medical research papers supporting HRT had been ghostwritten by a commercial medical communications company called DesignWrite."3
Book sources featuring Rupert Sheldrake (*1942) English biochemist, plant physiologist, researcher in parapsychology and morphic resonance, author:
► US American issue: Science Set Free. 10 Paths to New Discovery, Deepak Chopra, 4. September 2012
► British issue: The Science Delusion, Coronet, 6. December 2012
Book review: ► Rupert Sheldrake – The Science Delusion, presented by IPPR, Dalibor Jurášek, 4. October 2016
Video sources featuring Rupert Sheldrake (*1942) English biochemist, plant physiologist, researcher in parapsychology and morphic resonance, author
► Presentation sponsored by Electric Universe conference 2013 "The Tipping Point", Albuquerque, New Mexico, 3-6 January 2013,
     YouTube film, posted 22. January 2013
    ♦◊♦ Science Set Free, part 1 of 2, 30:09 minutes duration
    ♦◊♦ Science Set Free, part 2 of 2, 27:43 minutes duration
► Presentation The Science Delusion, presented by TED Talks TEDxWhitechapel, YouTube film, 18:20 minutes duration,
     aired 12. February 2013
Note: Sheldrake's TED talk was banned by the founders of TEDx. Protests on social media and a controversial debate followed.
Reference: en.Wikipedia entry Big Bang
See also:
[*] Quotes on the erroneous Big Bang theory and ► Beliefs and ► Consciousness and ► Unconscious and ► Nature and ► Evolution

 

Rebuttal to dogma #2
"John Lorber [...] scanned the brains of more than six hundred people with hydrocephalus, and found that about sixty had more than 95 per cent of the cranial cavity filled with cerebrospinal fluid. Some were seriously retarded, but others were more or less normal, and some had IQs of well over 100. One young man who had an IQ of 126 and a first-class degree in mathematics, a student from Sheffield University, had 'virtually no brain'. [...] His mental activity and his memory were still able to function more or less normally even though he had a brain only 5 % of the normal size."  RS, SSF, page 193

"The philosopher Galen Strawson, himself a materialist, is amazed by the willingness of so many of his fellow philosophers to deny the reality of their own experience. [...] He argues that a consistent materialism must imply panpsychism, namely the idea that even atoms and molecules have a primitive kind of mentality or experience. [...] Panpsychism does not mean that atoms are conscious in the sense that we are, but only that some aspects of mentality or experience are present in the simplest physical systems. More complex forms of mind or experience emerge in more complex systems."  RS, SSF, page 114-115

Rebuttal to dogma #5
"It is relatively easy to break things up and analyse the parts. The problem is to understand the whole; not just the parts but also their interactions need to be understood. And these interactions are not contained in the parts themselves.
To study the molecules in a racing pigeon, it is necessary to kill the pigeon first, to grind up its tissues and cells, and separate the molecular components. But all the strucutre and activity of the pigeon have been destroyed in the process, just as the layout of a building is detroyed when it is demolished. The architecture of the building cannot be worked out from a chemical analysis of the rubble, nor can the form of the pigeon and its homing behaviour be reconstructed from an analysis of its molecules."  RS, SSF, chapter 5 "Is Nature Purposeless?", page 146
Rebuttal to dogma #7
"The philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce saw the physical and mental as different aspects of underlying reality: ‘All mind more or less partakes of the nature of matter. [...] Viewing a thing from the outside [...] it appears as matter. Viewing it from the inside [...] it appears as consciousness.'"  RS, SSF, page 119
"It makes a big difference if you think of yourself as a zombie-like mechanism in an unconscious mechanical world, or as a truly conscious being capable of making choices, living among other beings with sensations, experiences and desires."  RS, SSF, page 128

Rebuttal to dogma #8
"More than a century of intensive, well-funded research has failed to pin down memory traces in brains. There may be a very simple reason for this: the hypothetical traces do not exist. However long or hard researchers look for them they may never find them. Instead, memories may depend on morphic resonance from an organism’s own past. The brain may be more like a television set than a hard-drive recorder.
[…] the fact that injury and brain degeneration, as in Alzheimer’s disease, lead to loss of memory does not prove that memories are stored in the damaged tissue. If I snipped a wire or removed some components from the sound circuits of your TV set, I could render it speechless, or aphasic. But this would not mean that all the sounds were stored in the damaged components. […]
But what if the holographic wave-patterns are not stored in the brain at all? Pribram later came to this conclusion, and thought of the brain as a ‘wave-form analyser’ rather than a storage system, comparing it to a radio receiver that picked up wave-forms from the 'implicate order', rendering them explicate."  RS, SSF, page 194-198

 

Rupert Sheldrake's key idea is the existence of information fields acting as a kind of universal memory. His holistic theory of morphic resonance fields and emergent systems has affinities with the worldviews of
   
Alfred North Whitehead – "process panexperientialism"
   
Ervin LaszloQuantum Shift in the Global Brain
   
Christian de QuinceyRadical Nature, Radical Knowing
   
David Ray GriffinUnsnarling the World-Knot. Consciousness, Freedom, and the Mind-Body Problem
   
Fritjof CapraThe Hidden Connections, The Web of Life

Parable of the fisherman – Arthur Eddington

Let us suppose that an ichthyologist is exploring the life of the ocean. He casts a net into the water and brings up a fishy assortment. Surveying his catch, he proceeds in the usual manner of a scientist to systematisize what it reveals. He arrives at two generalisations:

  1. No sea-creature is less than two inches long.
  2. All sea-creatures have gills.

These are both true of his catch, and he assumes tentatively that they will remain true however often he repeats it.

 

In applying this analogy, the catch stands for the body of knowledge which constitutes physical science, and the net for the sensory and intellectual equipment which we use in obtaining it. The casting of the net corresponds to observation; for knowledge which has not been or could not be obtained by observation is not admitted into physical science.

 

An onlooker may object that the first generalisation is wrong.

"There are plenty of sea-creatures under two inches long, only your net is not adapted to catch them."

The ichthyologist dismisses this objection contemptuously.

"Anything uncatchable by my net is ipso facto outside the scope of ichthyological knowledge, and is not part of the kingdom of fishes which has been defined as the theme of ichthyological knowledge. In short, 'what my net can't catch isn’t fish.'"

Or – to translate the analogy –

"If you are not simply guessing, you are claiming a knowledge of the physical universe discovered in some other way than by the methods of physical science. You are a metaphysician. Bah!"
Source: ► Sir Arthur Eddington (1882-1944) British astrophysicist of the early 20th century,
The Philosophy of Physical Science, S. 16, 1st edition 1939, 1967
See also: ► Thoughts and ► Stories and ► Knowledge and ► Subtle energy andOccult research

BW-Werte: Wissenschaft / Science

Bewusstseinsmessung der wissenschaftlichen Theorien – D. Hawkins

Wissenschaftliche Theorien (Übersicht)
Unter BW 200: Unwahr – Domäne des Zwangs
Über BW 200: Wahr – Domäne der göttlichen Wirkmacht
Ab BW 460: Domäne der beginnenden Nichtlinearität und Spiritualität
BW-Wert Theorie – Hintergrund
165Säkularismus4
185 -
max. 235
Hochschulen – Tertiärer Bildungsbereich; Stand: 2007 (gefallen)
185Rationaler Skeptizismus
185Relativismus
190Skeptischer Szientizismus5
190Erkenntnistheoretischer Relativismus
200Kreationismus
220Politologie
240Sozialwissenschaft
260Soziologie
455E=mc2 nach dem deutschen Physiker Albert Einstein; nichtlineare Formel der Relativität
455Chaostheorie Teilgebiet aus Physik und Mathematik; Chaotische Systeme sind nichtlineare Systeme.
455Theorie über Schwarze Löcher des britischen Mathematikers Stephen Hawking (vorgestellt 2004)
455HeartMath Institute für grenzwissenschaftliche verhaltensbiologische Forschung von bspw. der Herzintelligenz, Boulder Creek, Kalifornien, 1991
455Kollektives Unbewusste des Schweizer Psychotherapeuten und Theoretikers Carl Gustav Jung
460Biofielder (Aura)
460Morphische Resonanz
460Theorie der Darwins Evolution durch natürliche Selektion von Charles Darwin;
The Origin of Species, 1859
460Attraktorfelder nichtlineare Dynamiken, untersucht in der modernen Mathematik
460Morphogentische Feldtheorie des britischen Biologen, Privatforschers und Autors Rupert Sheldrake
460Quantenmechanik
460Nichtlineare Dynamiken allgemein
460Denkmodell der Kausalität Ursache-Wirkung nach dem britischen Physiker Isaac Newton
460Gott als intellektuelles Konzept; Philosophie
460+Metaphysik
480SchöpfungslehreIntelligent Design
500+
UnendlichGottheit als Quelle (Ursprung) des Universums
Zusammengestellt aus diversen Quellen: ► Hauptsächlich entnommen aus:
Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 134, 2005
Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man, S. 89, 2008

Level of consciousness calibrations: Physics / Science theories – David R. Hawkins

Level of consciousness (LoC) calibrations: Climate – David R. Hawkins


  • TRUE – Earth's magnetic field weakening16
  • TRUE – Water and microbe organisms on Mars17
  • TRUE – Multiple universes18

  • NOT TRUE – Earth warming i.e. climate change is due to solar magnetic surface cycles pollution.19
  • NOT TRUE – Earth warming i.e. climate change is due to pollution.20
  • NOT TRUE – "Greenhouse" gas [CO2] theory on earth warming i.e. climate change.21
  • NOT TRUE – "Parallel universe" theory22
See also: ► Climate

Index: Wissenschaft / Science – Bücher von D. Hawkins

Englische Werke

  • Buch7E, chapter 5 "Science and Religion: Levels of Truth", S. 97f, 2007

Index: Audio- und Videomedien (engl.) von und mit D. Hawkins

 

Links zum Thema Wissenschaft und Quantenphysik / Science

Literatur

Referenz: Dr. Rolf Froböse, Chemiker Die Seele existiert auch nach dem Tod, präsentiert von der überregionalen deutschen Tageszeitung Die Welt, Wissen, Quantenphysik, 25. April 2008

Dogmatische, nicht wissenschaftliche Religionen
Kritik am mechanistischen Weltbild im Allgemeinen
Kritik an feststehenden physikalischen Grundkonstanten
Implizite Manipulation und unwissenschaftliches Vorgehen: Experimentator Einfluss, Auswahl nur geeigneter Ergebnisse, fehlende Blindversuche
Unsachliche Arbeit von Richard Dawkins, der ignoriert, was seine These in Frage stellt


Literature (engl.)

Christian scientist Francis S. Collins, head of the Human Genome Project, offers proof for faith.

Collins: Science is not threatened by God; it is enhanced. and God is most certainly not threatened by science; He made it all possible.

Dr. O'Leary entwirft einen offenen Rahmen, genannt New Science [Neue Wissenschaft], um Spiritualität, Bewusstseinsforschung paranormale Phänomene zu erklären.

Christian scientist Francis S. Collins, head of the Human Genome Projekt confirms the validity of faith.

Collins:   Science is not threatened by God; it is enhanced.
God is most certainly not threatened by science; He made it all possible.

"Dr. Condon gives innumerable examples of how science rewrites itself and how it skims over its massive and continuous history of not just delusional but straight-out toxic and destructive theories and practices, like killing people by bleeding and purging, right up to the time of our grandfathers, or of justifying the explosion of hydrogen bombs in the face of serious scientific uncertainty as to whether they might set the atmosphere on fire, destroying all life on Earth, or proceeding with accelerating sub-atomic particles to the speed of light just to see what happens, in obscenely expensive particle colliders."  Book review Science for Heretics, presented by integraldeeplistening, Joseph Dillard, 4. December 2016

Externe Weblinks


Dr. Marilyn Schlitz, ehemals Präsidentin von Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), konnte ihre Ergebnisse bei einer Forschung zum Anstarreffekt, die in den Vereinigten Staaten und Großbritannien zweifach durchgeführt wurde, reproduzieren. Ihr britischer Kollege, der offene Skeptiker Richard Wiseman konnte das nicht glauben. Er reproduzierte seine Nicht-Resultate in parallelen Sttudienreihen ebenfalls wiederholt. Das Bewusstseinsniveau des Beobachters beeinflusst die Resultate.

External web links (engl.)


Discovered in 1935 by Hideki Yukawa (1907-1981) Japanese theoretical physicist, first Japanese Nobel laureate, 1949


Critical articles

Fake science

1. Academia has a huge money problem.
2. Too many studies are poorly designed. Blame bad incentives.
3. Replicating results is crucial. But scientists rarely do it.
4. Peer review is broken.
5. Too much science is locked behind paywalls.
6. Science is poorly communicated to the public.
7. Life as a young academic is incredibly stressful.


Audio- und Videolinks

Audio and video links (engl.)

Featuring non-polluting technology conceived by alternative physicists and inventors who are challenging orthodox science

Gravity is a manifestation of electromagnetic (EM) energy, a kind of "corkscrew". It is not a fifth force. Anti-gravity radiation could make interstellar travel a real possibility.

Refererence to David Bohm's triune orders of reality (Father – superimplicate order, Son – explicate order, Holy Spirit – implicate order)

The recurring pattern of the classical era, medieval era, Renaissance and modern times is:
First the visionary artist sees the world in a new way followed by a new paradigmal discovery of a revolutionary physicist.


Audio and video links (engl.) – Larry Dossey

 

Interne Links

Wiki-Ebene

 

 

1 Quote by Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene

2 Article Open Question: Are the laws of nature fixed?, presented by Open Sciences, undated

3 As Ben Goldacre reported in the Guardian:
'DesignWrite wrote the first drafts and sent them to Wyeth, who advised on the creation of a second draft. Only then was the paper sent to the academic who would appear as the "author". [...]
DesignWrite sold Wyeth more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles for HRT, and a similar number of conference posters, slide kits, symposia, and journal supplements. Adrienne Fugh-Berman [an associate professor of physiology an Georgetown University] found that these publications variously promoted unproven and unlicensed benefits of Wyeth's HRT drug, undermined its competitors, and donwplayed its harms...'"  Rupert Sheldrake (*1942) English biochemist, plant physiologist, researcher in parapsychology and morphic resonance, author, The Science Delusion, chapter 10 "Is Mechanistic Medicine the Only Kind that Really Works?", S. 267-268, Coronet, 6. December 2012

4 Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man, Kapitel 5, S. 89, 2008

5 Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man, Kapitel 5, S. 89, 2008

6 Audioserie The Discovery (engl.) CD 1 von 6, Spur 6, Nightingale-Conant, United Kingdom, Mai 2007

7 Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 135, 2005

8 Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 135, 2005

9 Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 135, 2005

10 Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 135, 2005

11 Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 134, 2005

12 Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 135, 2005

13 Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 134, 2005

14 Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 94, 2005

15 Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, chapter 10 "America", S. 153, 2005

16 Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 134, 2005

17 Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 135, 2005

18 Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 135, 2005

19 Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 134, 2005

20 Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 134, 2005

21 Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 134, 2005

22 Dr. David R. Hawkins, Truth vs. Falsehood. How to Tell the Difference, S. 135, 2005

 

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