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New Science

My work with neurofeedback, consciousness research, and aesthetics requires new ways to understand the mind that are more responsive to the data than are described by materialist and reductionist metaphors.

As a method of inquiry into phenomena, and therefore human experience, the scientific method has demonstrated itself to be a most powerful instrument. It is a methodology not a system of belief.

One does not “believe in science”. Yet, many people practice science – and profess a belief in it – as if it produces final and absolute truth. That would be counterproductive, as scientific thinking is a form of skeptical inquiry, which proceeds by hypothesis, experiment, and theory. Gaining knowledge about phenomena and experience is an ongoing process. The truths it produces are tentative, incomplete – they are working hypotheses, only.

The views of Rupert Sheldrake can illuminate this discussion. In this video, he discusses what happens to science when it is treated as a kind of religious belief system, how this holds us back from coming to terms with new data, and the need for a new rebirth of open-mindedness.

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Note: This video and Sheldrake’s views invariably stir controversy. The reaction to his TED talk and this video has been quite extensive:
http://www.ted.com/conversations/16894/rupert_sheldrake_s_tedx_talk.html

For now, the entire video is here. However, it may be pulled at any time. The controversy continues.

 

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