Thursday, November 1, 2012

on "science promotes and thrives on open-mindedness"....

the average scientist is just as constrained by articles of faith as the orthodox zealot, they just enjoy to proclaim otherwise... 'science' routinely excludes inconvenient facts from its literature and research climate, and then uses its own conclusions to curtail exploration along any lines that would challenge its persistent, cartesian hangover. 

what science likes to derogate as 'supernatural' can't be understood through the rational functions alone... as the quantum physicists you've quoted before will attest, our consensus notions of the physical world resemble not in the slightest what underscores that world at the post-atomic level. so too, the examples brought up to ridicule the 'supernatural' can't debunk the niggling fact that while much of our encounters with things "that can't be explained" can be reduced to simple causations, a lot of experiences cannot... like spontaneous remissions, remote viewing, ESPs and so on.

the notion that an exclusive, uber-credible approach to the world is to be found in the scientific method alone, that merely applying the criteria of the sciences as currently constellated will give us some edge on the truth, is just as absurd as the circuitous logic of purely magical thinking...

science is always going to be curtailed by the assumptions it leads with, even einstein attested to this when he talked about how the experimenters expectations had a definite influence on the outcome of tests, something also discussed by heisenberg... the scientific method is a valuable method, but it's only a partial method. it doesn't strike me as odd to imagine that our approach to investigation will continue to evolve, but we for the moment are still polarized by a rational/irrational lens. in short, this video is great for arming oneself for vindication with unreflective thinkers at dinner parties but its slightly hilarious for not realizing its just as guilty of myopia as wishful, primitive thinking is.... just my two cents.

[artwork Robert Bissel]

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