The default scientific worldview of physical materialism is a paradigm that is being challenged in these paradoxical times. Technology continues to support human evolution, while also creating immense mindless destruction. Meanwhile, many people are having powerful spiritual experiences, unexplainable by science, that are causing an evolution in our inquiry into the nature of reality.
It seems that science and spirituality rarely co-exist, and in order for our worldview to evolve and our plight to improve, some of the rigid conventions of modern science should be re-examined.
Perhaps the most important belief of modern science worthy of further examination is the idea that nature is mechanical and constant, and that the universe was created out of nothing at the moment of the Big Bang, then instantly imbued with all of the laws and behaviors it would need ever more. In this paradigm, the habits of nature do not evolve, nor do the forces of nature. These remain constant, and that which cannot be explained is relegated to hallucination or cultural programming.
Gravitational force, for example, is an empirical physical constant that is difficult to measure accurately. Known as ‘Newton’s Constant,’ or ‘Big G’, this number is used in measuring the gravitational force between two bodies, and is taken from averages measured around the world. In recent years, ‘Big G’, has varied by more than 1.3%, a rather dramatic fluctuation.
Is it possible that the force of gravity affecting planet earth could be naturally fluctuating throughout the day, or that it changes in relation to other celestial bodies or events?
Under the current scientific paradigm, we may never know if gravity does in fact fluctuate because it is considered a ‘constant,’ and therefore no further investigation is warranted, thus demonstrating how, as a belief system, science contradicts its primary purpose as a method of inquiry.
Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, known for his forward-thinking works on the theory of Morphic Resonance, and author of the book, Science Set Free, gives us ten scientific dogmas that should be challenged with serious inquiry. Doing so would open up a tremendous new world of possibilities for re-examining the one riddle that science cannot solve: What is the nature of the human mind?
- Nature is mechanical – All creatures and systems in nature are but lumbering robots fulfilling a genetically programmed role.
- Matter is unconscious – Stars, plants, animals, water, etc, are just material things and therefore do not and cannot have consciousness.
- The laws of nature are fixed – This is the idea that natural laws were fixed at the moment of the Big Bang, and will continue to be constant until the end of time. The habits of nature do not evolve.
- The total amount of matter and energy is the same
- Nature is purposeless – There is no design in nature, and the evolutionary process is merely a mechanical function. There is no higher purpose.
- Biological heredity – The traits of a species are composed of a physical material that resides in the genes.
- Memories are stored inside of the brain as material traces – Stored somewhere in the proteins and nerve endings are the memories of the mind. Like a physical filing cabinet.
- The mind is inside the head – The mind is physically bound to the head and brain in some way.
- Psychic phenomenon, like telepathy, is impossible – Thoughts have no effect on the outside world because the mind is inside the head.
- Mechanistic medicine is the only kind that works – It is merely chance or the placebo effect if a natural remedy or other healing practice seems to affect physical healing.
Once direct experience has clearly demonstrated to an individual that science is incapable of explaining the total complexities of the mind and the immense nature of reality, then it is nearly impossible for an individual to return to the previously held belief of rigid material science.
Direct challenges to these dogmas, often in the form of out of body experiences, near-death experiences, or experiences with plant medicines such as Ayahuasca and psilocybin, can also permanently destroy one’s tendency to view the world in dogmatic scientific terms.
Until these dogmatic conventions are widely overturned and mystery and wonder is welcomed back into the scientific process, we will continue to see science fall short in the domain of ethics, sustainability and morality.
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Buck Rogers is the earthbound incarnation of that familiar part of our timeless cosmic selves, the rebel within. He is a surfer of ideals and meditates often on the promise of happiness in a world battered by the angry seas of human thoughtlessness. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com.