– quoting Jed McKenna –
The Consciousness paradigm is entirely off the charts of science because the infinite cannot be represented in a finite system.
Scientists put so much emphasis on reproducible results for experimental validation that they sometimes mistake non-reproducibility for non-validity. Reproducibility may validate, but irreproducibility does not invalidate. Nor is something disproven, as is frequently insinuated, just because it hasn’t been scientifically proven.
I think most people have enough direct experience of non-ordinary phenomenon to know that any group or ideology that rejects it should be rejected. We have mountains of subjective reports of every kind of paranormal and non-ordinary phenomenon you could imagine, and there is more than adequate evidence for much of it. On top of that, there are the explorers of the inner realms, the entheonauts and mystics and shamans and the rest, providing highly credible reports of inner worlds which they often describe as more real than our normal waking reality.
By simply acknowledging the obvious fact that there is no such thing as objective reality, science could tear down its self-erected walls and get in the game.
All scientific claims should be prefaced with a disclaimer. A standard disclaimer would probably suffice in most cases: “Warning: The scientific findings contained here are based on the uncritical acceptance of consensus reality as true reality, and must therefore be viewed in the same light as mythology, folklore, superstition and religion.”
Science can’t falsify the Conscious paradigm and science can’t objectively prove anything, making science the most radical of fundamentalist religions. You have to approach this with no other agenda than personal understanding of personal reality.
An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation,
nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
– Mahatma Gandhi –