While modern science can now provide intriguing support in answering the big questions about the nature of reality, the incorrect and outdated materialist worldview still has a strong hold on the collective. We are more likely to dismantle this incorrect paradigm among its adherents if we understand the history of how it became embedded in their belief systems.
Although Proven Wrong by Einstein, Newtonian Physics Lives On
- Isaac Newton, born in the 17th century, was an English physicist and mathematician. He made many contributions, including the theory that white light was a composite of all colors of the spectrum, a “momentous book on physics” and co-development of calculus theories.
- He is particularly well known for his descriptions of the laws of motion and gravitation (associated with the famous story of his stroke of insight from seeing an apple fall from a tree).
- “Newtonian physics,” also called “Newtonian or classical mechanics,” is the description of mechanical events (those which involve forces acting on matter) using the laws of motion and gravitation. “Several ideas developed by later scientists, especially the concept of energy, which was not defined scientifically until the late 1700s, are also part of the physics now termed Newtonian.” (source)
- Despite the fact that some of Newton’s assumptions were later proven wrong, his name continues to be used to describe those areas of physics today.
- Newton died in 1727 but his fame and his theories lived on long after his death, even the ones that proved to be wrong.
Einstein Overturned Newton’s Concept of the Universe
Isaac Newton’s universal principles of gravity found no parallels in science at the time. Of course, Newton was proven wrong on some of his key assumptions. In the 20th century, Albert Einstein would overturn Newton’s concept of the universe, stating that space, distance and motion were not absolute but relative, and that the universe was more fantastic than Newton had ever conceived.– Biography.com
Newtonian Physics is Less Accurate but is Mathematically Simple
Scientists have known since the early twentieth century that [Newtonian physics] is a less accurate description of the physical world than relativity theory and quantum physics… Since Newtonian physics is… mathematically simple, it remains the standard for calculating the motions of almost all objects from machine parts, fluids, and bullets to spacecraft, planets, and galaxies.– Encyclopedia.com
The Rise of Materialism
Materialism states that everything in the universe is matter, without any true spiritual or intellectual existence. Materialism can also refer to a doctrine that material success and progress are the highest values in life. This doctrine appears to be prevalent in western society today… Materialism as a philosophy is held by those who maintain that existence is explainable solely in material terms, with no accounting of spirit or consciousness. Individuals who hold to this belief see the universe as a huge device held together by pieces of matter functioning in subjection to naturalistic laws. Since materialism denies all concepts of Special Creation, it relies on the Theory of Evolution to explain itself, making beliefs in materialism and evolution interdependent.– All About Philosophy
Western Academics Make a Dramatic Choice to Turn One Direction & Neglect the Other
They Turn One Direction & Neglect the Other
With a few deft moves, Newton and Descartes had plucked God and life from the world of matter, and us and our consciousness from the center of our world. They ripped the heart and soul out of the universe, leaving in its wake a lifeless collection of interlocking parts… With the work of Charles Darwin… you are no more than an evolutionary accident… Life is not about sharing and interdependence. Life is about winning, getting there first. And if you do manage to survive, you are on your own at the top of the evolutionary tree. These paradigms — the world as machine, man as survival machine — have led to a technological mastery of the universe, but little real knowledge of any central importance to us… how we think, how life begins, why we get ill, how a single cell turns into a fully formed person, and even what happens to human consciousness when we die.– Lynne McTaggart
Tesla Tried to Awaken Science to Look Beyond Physical Matter
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
They Took Away Consciousness, Too
Epiphenomenalism is a theory that:
- Mental events are caused by the brain.
- Consciousness is a byproduct of physiological process.
- Mental events have no effect upon physical events. (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Materialism Was Never the Right Answer
The Problem is, the Materialist Viewpoint Doesn’t Explain Nature as it Really Is
The Materialist Worldview Left Many Things Unexplainable
On his way back to Earth after his pioneering moonwalk, Apollo 14 astronaut… Dr. Edgar Mitchell had the profound experience of feeling interconnected to everything he was observing from the window of his space capsule: the stars, the moon, our blue planet, and the vastness of the cosmos. He realized quickly that in order to explain such an extraordinary experience (and others like it), there would need to be a rapprochement between the scientific and spiritual interpretations of reality. As a scientist and visionary, Dr. Mitchell saw a need to reconcile his training as an engineer and astrophysicist with the wisdom of the ages to transcend the limitations of what he saw as an outdated materialist worldview. A new framework would be needed: one that could help explain the unexplainable—and spark transformation. He called this framework noetic sciences.– The Interconnected Nature of Reality
Scientific Research Struck Down The Outdated View
The findings of my research and contemporary consciousness research in general… are in radical conflict with the most fundamental assumptions of materialistic science concerning consciousness, human nature, and the nature of reality. They clearly indicate that consciousness is not a product of the brain, but a primary principle of existence, and that it plays a critical role in the creation of the phenomenal [experienced] world.– Stanislav Grof M.D., Ph.D.