It Might Well Be Rocket Science…


I have pursued a careful path of material science regarding the accumulation of reliable data about inner and outer reality, but in doing so I am trying to clarify that the a) the ‘no’ hypothesis is correct, and that b) spiritually minded people have nothing to fear from it. The ‘no’ hypothesis simply stated, is that ‘nothing’ is happening until otherwise proven. I do not subscribe to the ‘science’ vs ‘religion’ dichotomy, and believe such a position to be fascistic and incorrect. However, having said this I am perfectly open to different views AND to critically assess those views in my own way (an approach and process I suggest you all adopt as an exercise in freedom of thought). I think it is an established fact that both science and religion have been equally guilty of causing great suffering in the world, and that both have been vehicles for great good. I also think that each vehicle takes us on a different journey that can be compared but not conflated. St Bruno, for instance, was a pious Catholic monk, but is often thought of as the patron saint of academia because whilst deep I prayer and contemplation, his mind developed the capacity for modern, logical thought that broke free from the constraints of a politicised Church. On the other hand, many scientists, although not religious in the conventional sense, have developed a sense of ‘spiritual’ awe when contemplating the processes and operation of the material universe. Of course, I am not religious in the conventional sense, simply because I am honest about what I perceive both from within myself, and when I look out onto the material universe. Indeed, although such a dichotomy seems logical and correct, I am not entirely convinced of its existence in the ultimate sense. I would say that religion must free itself of all (inverted) feudal vestiges (and embrace science), and that science must free itself of the socio-economic limitations of the capitalist system and the inherent greed that drives it. I think that scientific innovation and religious imagination share the same essence, and that observation should serve as a common ground for further development.

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