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Spirituality versus Science

December 1, 2013

The biggest fear people have is someone getting inside their head. I think this is what the whole individualist philosophy is about. Giving people security from this fear, giving them some private safe space to themselves. I was watching a recent debate between Deepak Chopra and Richard Dawkins on you tube. You could see how when Chopra was trying to get inside Dawkins’ head he was trying to resist this with all his might. We all like to feel we are the sole power over our own minds. It is guaranteed to us by the materialist science that tells us consciousness is isolated inside our brains. But at what cost? By isolating something like this, we take away its life, its energy. But we are at least saved from manipulation by others. The main concern of the politics in our world today. It is a difficult area to consider. I personally side with the more spiritual approach, but yet I do worry of the social implications if everyone was to accept this approach. All the usual safe boundaries would be torn asunder, and people’s sense of privacy and security would all be undermined. We are all interconnected. In my mind there is no doubt of this fact. Minds do connect beyond the space-time gap, too many personal experiences confirm this to me. But can we maintain a stable world where everyone believes things of this kind? I am not sure. Maybe the materialist world view is nothing more than a persuasive illusion. A convenient fiction. It does not give spiritual or philosophically brave honest truth, but it gives society a stability over time, which maybe is a kind of truth.

  1. Is there really that much stability in this world though?? Facing the ego is a tough process no doubt, but once it’s done, life becomes marvelous

    • Well most of the education of young minds is of a scientific kind, and the social control of youth is always a big issue for the stability of society. Whenever you implement something on a society-wide scale there are always loads of unexpected and unintended consequences. And there must obviously be a reason why the western world settled into its secular/rationalist view of the world. Something it has gradually developed over the past 300-400 years. I know that spirituality works for me, but who knows, maybe it only works for me in a society relative to people for whom the spiritual approach doesn’t work so well. Not all of science, and the secular, humanist world is about ego. A lot of it, when it works well, is about courageous leaps of discovery into new domains. That said, I agree with Rupert Sheldrake, that it has now become a prison, rather than a liberating world view. People always seem to settle down into largely submissive social systems. Most people in any era seem hard-pressed to extend their awareness beyond their own immediate family and relationship concerns, and powerful people tug people around based on these short-minded concerns. Playing people’s sense of fear, greed and attachment. Maybe I am being too pessimistic about people here. I would like to be proven wrong, or be more open to the possibility of being proven wrong.

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