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The Primary Axiom of Science is Unscientific

Posted by desicontrarian on July 19, 2012

An out-of-body experience can be replicated in a lab by stimulating parts of the brain. A near-death experience—going through a tunnel with a light at the end—is just a trick of the brain. “We know exactly why it happens. In the visual cortex at the back of the brain, lots of cells are laid out towards the middle of the visual field. At the periphery there are very few cells and poor vision. When you come near death or take certain drugs like LSD or mescaline, the brain cells start firing very fast randomly. And that random noise looks like a white light in the middle where there are lots of cells, phasing out towards the dark of the periphery (which gives the illusion of a tunnel). As it gets brighter and stronger, the light appears to be coming towards you”.

So they say, the scientists.

If we are seeing white light because the middle cells in the visual cortex are firing rapidly, it means that these middle cells exist and not the white light, eh? The peripheral cells exist and therefore cause the tunnel vision, right? As laymen, we can’t empirically verify that this is what is happening. So we accept what the scientist says. Oh yes, we “know” that the neuro-scientist can replicate it by injecting drugs or electrodes into our brain, but again, we did not personally verify it, did we? It just became another belief, since scientists are the authority we accept. How different is it from scriptural acceptance?

What is happening with this neuro-scientific line of thinking? Basically, the brain exists as physical matter, the electrical/chemical energy activity causes experiences for the brain-owner to classify as Real Things, and therefore it is all a panorama of subtle physical matter/energy causing illusory phenomena. This is considered Objective Reality if a large no. of brain owners accept it.

The primary axiom is still that ONLY physical matter only exists, whether gross or subtle. This axiom is not falsifiable, and therefore unscientific. This axiom is never questioned for its lack of rigour.  This is similar to a 2-dimensional being unable to fathom that there are things happening in a higher dimension for which he has no access, even in thought.

An observer standing in the corner of a room has three directions naturally marked out for him; one is upwards along the line of meeting of the two walls; another is forwards where the floor meets one of the walls; a third is sideways where the floor meets the other wall. He can proceed to any part of the floor of the room by moving first the right distance along one wall, and then by turning at right angles and walking parallel to the other wall. He walks in this case first of all in the direction of one of the straight lines that meet in the corner of the floor, afterwards in the direction of the other. By going more or less in one direction or the other, he can reach any point on the floor, and any movement, however circuitous, can be resolved into simple movements in these two directions.

But by moving in these two directions he is unable to raise himself in the room. If he wished to touch a point in the ceiling, he would have to move in the direction of the line in which the two walls meet. There are three directions then, each at right angles to both the other, and entirely independent of one another. By moving in these three directions or combinations of them, it is possible to arrive at any point in a room. And if we suppose the straight lines which meet in the corner of the room to be prolonged indefinitely, it would be possible by moving in the direction of those three lines, to arrive at any point in space. Thus in space there are three independent directions, and only three; every other direction is compounded of these three. The question that comes before us then is this. “Why should there be three and only three directions?” Space, as we know it, is subject to a limitation.

In order to obtain an adequate conception of what this limitation is, it is necessary to first imagine beings existing in a space more limited than that in which we move. Thus we may conceive a being who has been throughout all the range of his experience confined to a single straight line. Such a being would know what it was to move to and fro, but no more. The whole of space would be to him but the extension in both directions of the straight line to an infinite distance. It is evident that two such creatures could never pass one another. We can conceive their coming out of the straight line and entering it again, but they having moved always in one straight line, would have no conception of any other direction of motion by which such a result could be effected. The only shape which could exist in a one-dimensional existence of this kind would be a finite straight line. There would be no difference in the shapes of figures; all that could exist would simply be longer or shorter straight lines.

Again, to go a step higher in the domain of a conceivable existence. Suppose a being confined to a plane superficies, and throughout all the range of its experience never to have moved up or down, but simply to have kept to this one plane. Suppose, that is, some figure, such as a circle or rectangle, to be endowed with the power of perception; such a being if it moves in the plane superficies in which it is drawn, will move in a multitude of directions; but, however varied they may seem to be, these directions will all be compounded of two, at right angles to each other. By no movement so long as the plane superficies remains perfectly horizontal, will this being move in the direction we call up and down. And it is important to notice that the plane would be different to a creature confined to it, from what it is to us. We think of a plane habitually as having an upper and a lower side, because it is only by the contact of solids that we realize a plane. But a creature which had been confined to a plane during its whole existence would have no idea of there being two sides to the plane he lived in. In a plane there is simply length and breadth. If a creature in it be supposed to know of an up or down he must already have gone out of the plane.

In normal states known to us, we have three separate things – The Known, The Knower and the Knowledge (Object, Subject, Process). In Yogic literature, it is said that when the separation vanishes (all 3 merge into one), the knowledge is Real and Complete. There are no mistakes of perception. This is called Turiya. A person who is really interested in knowing should strive to reach this state. Until then, he or she does not really know.

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7 Responses to “The Primary Axiom of Science is Unscientific”

  1. R. Saroja said

    You may find this interesting
    http://www.happinessinthisworld.com/2011/05/15/the-neurology-of-near-death-experiences/#.UBJ1xGEULTB

  2. desicontrarian said

    Very interesting. The interpretation, however, is that of a “physicalist”. My take on interpretations can be read as a meta-interpretation 🙂

    • R. Saroja said

      What will be the meta-interpretation of an ordinary dream state?

      • desicontrarian said

        From “The Science of Higher Sense Perception” by R. Eugene Nichols.

        To say that you are conscious when awake and unconscious when asleep is inaccurate. I cannot conceive of consciousness being unconscious. However, I can conceive of varying degrees or dimensions of consciousness. Consider the dream state as a corridor along which you pass from objective awareness to inner, subjective forms of awareness

        Think of that corridor as stretching inward and upward in a series of gentle steps. At the lower end is a curtain that separates the sleeper from the waking state. At the far end are the mystic heights that few dreamers touch. In between are roughly six levels of subjective consciousness from which dreams may arise.

        1. The Physio-environmental level.
        2. The Emotional level.
        3. The Surface-mental level.
        4. The Lower Psychic level(inner-mental).
        5. The Upper Psychic level(expanded-mental).
        6. The Mystic level (ascendant-mental).

        Imagine each level consisting of 5 steps along this corridor, a total of thirty steps in all. There are no actual boundaries on each level, and the dreamer may begin on Level 5 and end on Level 1 as the alarm clock rings, and the dreamer wakes thinking that the phone has rung.

        1. The Physio-environmental level.
        While asleep, when the cortex is sufficiently inhibited, the curtain at the lower end of the corridor is drawn shut upon outer stimuli of the 5 senses. The external stimuli cease to impinge upon the areas of brain connected with sensory excitation. Interior stimuli begin to take over. The dreamer starts on the dream corridor.

        Objective discomforts, distractions and crisis may occur and disturb the curtain. The result may be a nightmarish slumber. If the feet protrude on a winter night, the dreamer may wake up with a dream of wadig into a cold stream or being plunged through thin ice into a lake. Other types of dreams might be due to indigestion, muscular aches, stuffed nose etc.
        …….
        …….
        2. The Emotional level.
        Next in the corridor of consciousness is the emotional dream, occurring from about steps six to ten. The dreamer’s feelings dominate the sleep-state experience. Hurts, insults, indignation, resentment or love, excitement, joy etc may determine the dream content. They may arise from the current day or stretch back into childhood. For example, lack of love as a child can be symbolized as follows. The dreamer sees himself facing great odds completely alone. Struggling in a marshland. Tossed about in the open sea in a lifeboat without another person in sight. The lifeboat capsizes, and the scene shifts to a near-drowning incident that happened in childhood. A smiling lady with an outstretched hand may recede further and further away.

        Wish-fulfillment dreams categorized by Freud occur at this level. The emotional tensions created by moral inhibitions often express themselves in dreams. Many things that cannot be expressed or acted upon in society find fulfillment in dreams. They offer the dreamer a measure of relief from pent-up emotions.

        Steve had a recurring dream that puzzled him.

        “It always begins as a beautiful day. The sun is shining, and I can feel a gentle breeze across my brow. Suddenly, I am in a zoo, alone. A huge red buidling, with a long hall of arches. On either side are animals in cages, two of each species. Underfoot are tropical plants and giant snakes. The animals are several times their normal proportions. As I watch, two elephants break loose and stampede out of the hall. Suddenly, two giant lions flow out of a cage filled with water. I climb the arches of the building, inch up higher and higher. Finally at the top of the arch, I look down and the animals are small. I feel safe and light.”

        Steve was a big man, who probably could stand up to wild cats. He was’nt the kind who ran away from anything, but he was dodging his emotions for years. He was sensitive and felt things keenly. The force of his emotions frightened him, and dared not show them. The animals represented his emotions, which were over-size. The water was the psychic sea of past experiences. In climbing the arch, he reduced them to normal size. He felt he was then in control.

        …….
        …….
        3. The Surface-mental level.
        Here, a continuation of the intellectual challenges that filled the waking hours occurs. They are symbolic continuation of lines of thought that occupy the waking state. A certain mental theme may dominate the person’s waking state. That may invade the dream world in symbolic forms and repeat as the same recurring dream. This is especially true of mental or philosophical quandaries that go unresolved.

        Lester had a recurring dream that puzzled him.

        “I am crawling through a large machine. Dozens of wheels rotating at various speeds. Some are small gears like that in a watch. Some are huge whees the size of a building. I find myself laboriously winding my way through them, sometimes in danger of being crushed!”

        These were symbols, of course. Lester was going round and round a problem – questioning, agonizing, wondering but never deciding. What was the torment of indecision? He considered himslf a stout atheist. But he was being plagued by philosophical and theological questions. He would look at one answer and then another, never able to decide. Lester was more accurately a questioner, an agnostic. The wheels were the questions that kept grinding through his head. Crawling through them represented the attempt to find his way through conflicting questions and theories.
        …….
        ……
        4. The Lower Psychic level(inner-mental).
        At this level, dreams arise from stimuli that are more interior. They belong to the deep-memory level. Human mind is like a microfilm library, and lining the mental shelves are reel aftr reel of pictures taken. This is the personal psychic record. Here are the impressions that make the self-image, image of the fellow-man, and image of the scheme of things. All experience is filed away in the deep recesses of the subjective mind. The dreams that arise may be incidents from last month, last year, or last lifetime. Whatever is indelibly etched in the personal psychic record is subject to review in the dream.

        5. The Upper Psychic level(expanded-mental).
        This level corresponds to expanded mental powers like telepathy, pre-cognition, retro-cognition, meta-vision(clairvoyance), meta-audition etc. The dreamer may experience instances of guidance, prophecy and premonition in symbolic form. Ancient kings made a practice of keeping soothsayers to advise them on prophetic dreams. The Pharaoh of Egypt had a a particularly vivid dream, which he related to a prisoner called Joseph.

        “I was standing on the bank of the Nile; up came seven cows, plump and sleek, and they grazed in the reed-grass. After them came seven other cows, starved and very ugly and lean – I never saw such poor cows in all of Egypt. The lean and ugly cows ate up the first seven plump cows … and then I woke up. Next I saw in a dream seven full ripe ears sprouting on a single stalk. Seven ears sprung up after them, withered, thin and blasted by the east wind, and the thin ears swallowed up the seven ripe ears” – Genesis 41:14-24.

        Upon hearing this dream, Joseph told the Pharaoh that the seven good cows were seven good years and the seven lean cows were seven years of famine. The second dream said the same thing with different symbols. He then suggested that the Pharaoh appoint a shrewd man to control the land during the first seven years, laying aside a fifth of the harvest each year to provide for the years of famine. This was done, and Egypt survived the years of famine.

        6. The Mystic level (ascendant-mental).
        This is the highest point the dreamer may reach. Like other levels, it is comprised of a sliding series of steps that blend imperceptibly into each other. Here, in steps twenty six to thirty on the corridor, dreams of intution occur. The mind, tapping pure principles, produces inspiration for the inventor, the artist, the researcher, the writer and the composer whose dreams have been significant. At the highest step on the corridor, a dream-state that few ever reach, the person reaches into the mystic dimensions of the real Self. Here occurs the feeling of Oneness of which mystics speak. Here sometimes one is able to part the curtain at the upper end and glimpse the mystery of the super-conscious.

        And here is an awesome essay on interpretations

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    • desicontrarian said

      Thank you. Not too may people visit my blog, share my thoughts or world-view. I write infrequently because I don’t have anything new to say most of the time. Occasionally I get some insight or inspiration to pen some thoughts.

      I am interested in esoteric matters, and have a science-oriented education (Maths and Physics are favorites). People who are able to connect spirituality with a scientific outlook are needed in the world of today.

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