Modern science can now provide intriguing support in answering the big questions about the nature of reality. However, the incorrect and outdated materialist worldview still has a strong hold on the collective.
The article, The 10 Dogmas of Science, provides a succinct summary of a number of assumptions which are not facts but instead have been presumed.
- “Dogma” means “a point of view or tenet put forth as authoritative without adequate grounds.” This precisely describes the opinions found in the The 10 Dogmas of Science.
- In fact, virtually all of these dogmas have been soundly proven to be incorrect. (We bring you accessible and verifiable knowledge in this multi-page section on Consciousness and The Nature of Reality).
Here are some examples of the opinions summarized in the article linked above — every single one of which has been proven to be incorrect:
- The assumption that Nature is mechanical, or machine-like. Animals are machines, plants are machines and we are machines.
- Matter is unconscious. The Universe, Nature, our bodies, are all made of unconscious matter. For some strange reason our brains became conscious, and that is a major problem for materialist science.
- Biological inheritance is only material, it is all genetic or epigenetic.
- Your mind is inside your head, it is only an aspect of the electrical activity of the brain.
- All psychic phenomena is illusory. It appears to exist, but it doesn’t. The mind is inside the head and cannot have any effect on the outside world.
- Mechanistic medicine is the only kind that truly works. Alternative and complementary therapies may appear to work, but that’s only because people have got well anyway, or it’s due to the placebo effect.
We are more likely to dismantle this incorrect paradigm among adherents if we understand the history of how it became embedded in their belief systems. Scroll down to delve into how the incorrect materialist worldview developed.
Material or Classical Physics
- Isaac Newton, born in the 17th century, was an English physicist and mathematician. He made many contributions, including the theory that white light is a composite of all colors of the spectrum. He wrote a “momentous book on physics” and co-developed 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” or “Classical Mechanics,” are phrases sometimes used to describe 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)
- What’s important to note in this particular discussion is that such materialistic science — although powerful — only applies in some cases. It is not a complete description of how the universe works — as shown, for instance, by Einstein’s theory of relativity. “Classical physics has been very successful at understanding the physical nature of the universe, yet this worldview assumes that reality is limited to matter. This leaves classical physics ill-equipped to measure or quantify non-physical phenomena.” (Jacob Devaney)
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
When Nature Was No Longer Believed to Be Alive
Up until the Cartesian revolution of the Seventeenth Century the general belief taught in the universities of Europe was that Nature was alive – the Earth is alive, animals and plants are alive. They all have souls bestowed upon them by the Breath of God… But the crux of the Seventeenth Century revolution was that it said: no, this is not a living world. It is a dead world, made up of unconscious machinery, not conscious organisms. In the Nineteenth Century this Cartesian dualism* devolved into full-blown materialism where matter was made the only reality, and Spirit confined to the imagination. What is not material therefore doesn’t exist… The human mind becomes nothing but the… activity of the brain. The uncomfortable consequence of this materialistic assumption is that, with matter being unconscious, we should not be conscious ourselves. It is considered an epiphenomenon, like a shadow of the brain’s processes, just an illusion.– Elva Thompson
* The word “Cartesius” is the Latin form of the name Descarte. Cartesian dualism is a term referring to Descartes’ belief in the distinction between mind and body. (source)
Materialism as a Philosophy
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 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.– Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)
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.
From Material to Non-Material Science
The limitations of physical science are becoming more prominent as time goes on. As people begin to recognize the findings of non-material science, and the suggestions they have about consciousness, the underlying makeup of our reality, and what that means for human possibility, a cultural shift is happening in science as a field. In the past, we have long separated spirituality and science, as if they were not relatable. But now in Western culture, people are starting to recognize the scientific nature of spiritual practice and understanding that the East has long understood. This is leading to a renaissance within scientific thought that is long overdue and heavily welcomed. As these understandings are unleashed to the general public, the effects it will have on anything from wellbeing and healthcare to energy production, will completely transform the way we live… so long as we are open to and engage with these changes.– Joe Martino
Post-Material Science Explores Our Connection with the Entire Universe
Classical physics is ill-equipped to measure or quantify non-physical phenomena. This has led to a movement towards post-material science. If you experience intuition and other non-physical phenomena, you will be excited to learn that science is beginning to validate this realm. You will be inspired to explore the quantum ways that you are connected with the entire universe.– Jacob Devaney