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commented on Jan. 24, 2013
The Scientific method depends on a conscious personality using empiric instruments to perform experiments that can be verified to gain an understanding of reality. We could call this conscious personality (A) and the tools he or she uses to perform the experiments (B) with the results being (C). We could formulate then (A) + (B) = (C).
Now we must confess the limits of both (A) and (B) [as discussed in other threads]. The problem with (A) is that our senses are highly limited. There is a limit to the amount that our minds and senses can perceive. So too is there a limit of (B) our tools upon which our senses and minds make use of to enhance our perception. Impefect senses cannot produce perfect tools. Therefore one could argue that limited (A) + limited (B) will result in limited (C), i.e our perception of reality is limited.
At this point someone may argue and say, although this is true, this is the best method that we have for understanding the world. This is arguable (perhaps in another discussion) however if we assume this is the best method, let us consider how to enhance the scientific model to expand the limits of (C). The question then arises in what ways could we try to reduce the limits of (A) and (B). Considering (B), one could say that science prides itself in discovering new technologies to enhance the tools of perception. Such advancements have generated breakthroughs in many scientific fields, although it must be agreed there even with such advancements, our understanding and perception of the world remains limited.
Now let us consider (A). The conscious personality performing the experiments using his mind and senses. Suppose that certain information became available to enable the conscious personality to enhance his sensory capabilities and in doing so, would enable one to develop tools and experiments that would allow a fundamental breakthrough in the perception of reality. We could call this (A+) + (B+) = (C+)!
Now if such information is practiced by (A) and he is able to obtain this newer view of reality and other (A)'s follow the same "spiritual" practice which would allow them to verify the same reality through replicated experiments, wouldn't that constitute a newer improved scientific method:
I'm proposing that our modern scientific method is highly limiting and in need of revision, because there is a great lack of focus on the performer of the experiments rather than the tools or method themselves. If the senses of the performer is enhanced the subsequent results are too. In bhakti-yoga the focus is on developing the consciousness through Vedic information, then perceiving the world will result in higher perception. This we could call the Psientific Method.