Science in crisis
The history of science has been characterized by periods of incremental discoveries and advances, punctuated by radical paradigm shifts. The incremental work adds leaves to the tree of knowledge; the paradigm shifts chop off whole branches. Not surprisingly, paradigm shifts typically come from rogue investigators, not from mainstream scientists in a given field. Those working diligently on the leaves are not going to chop off their own branch, nor do they want it to be chopped off.
Today, there are many emerging paradigm shifts butting up against mainstream models, and the new models are all being ignored by mainstream science. Modern technology is enabling discoveries at a much faster rate than the scientific establishment can digest them. One of the most important and well-developed new paradigms is the Electric Universe (EU) Model, which totally transforms our understanding of the cosmos.
In this recent article, Climate Variation & its Cosmic Origins, I provide an introduction to the EU model, and I put forward my own new-paradigm model of climate variation. I anticipate that many visitors to this page will want to reject the model, as it debunks the myth of carbon causation. That urge to reject is the same thing mainstream scientists experience, when their branch is threatened. If you are open-minded enough to give the model a fair hearing, I salute you.
There is one particular assumption that pervades all of mainstream science – thematerialist assumption: there is no God; there is no spiritual dimension; there is only the world of physics, and consciousness is merely a by-product of electrical brain activity. Richard Dawkins is perhaps the best-known defender of this assumption.
Mystics and religious people have their own reasons for rejecting the materialist assumption, but what is of interest here are the many rogue researchers who have carried out well-controlled experiments that demonstrate the reality of a spiritual dimension, that show consciousness exists outside the domain of physics. See for example Rupert Sheldrake and Dean Radin.
In this recent article, A field model of mind, I begin with the assumption that the human mind is metaphysical, and I tease out the logical implications of that one assumption. This process led to the construction of a detailed model of consciousness, of how the mind works, and how it interacts with the brain and with the physical world. The model is of course tentative at this point, but the conclusion seems inescapable – (if we assume our minds are metaphysical) – that consciousness is involved in the process of evolution, and that life itself is a manifestation of consciousness.
In The Reenchantment of the World, Morris Berman tells a profound and wide-ranging story about the spiritual dimension of Western culture, its history, and its relationship to the scientific community. Not an easy book to read, but if you can make it through, you’ll find the journey rewarding.
Preview of coming attractions
The following articles are not ready for prime time, but I’ll share them anyway for the benefit of visitors who may want to see where my investigations are headed.
The links don’t all work here in this message, but they all work on the web page.