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commented on Sept. 30, 2013
My comments about Dustproduction were not responsive to a spiritual perspective. This post should explain why I occasionally deviate from the spiritual perspective of loving acceptance.
Currently, the dominant cultural paradigm is referred to by terms such as Scientific Materialism, Material Reductionism and Scientific Realism etc. There are subtle differences between these terms and space does not permit elaborating on each of them. For the sake of brevity I will refer to this current cultural paradigm as Scientific Materialism (SM). It is this cultural paradigm that holds spiritually in check and often mocks it. If required, I will distinguish between spirituality and religion.
Dr. Dean Radin is Chief Scientist at IONS. His books include “Entangled Minds”, Supernormal”, “The Noetic Universe” and “The Conscious Universe”. A common theme in his books is that many assumptions of SM are no longer valid. His first book mentioned advocates a paradigm shift away from SM and he refers to this paradigm shift as “Our New Reality”.
Dr. Amit Goswami is the professor emeritus of physics at the Institute of Theoretical Sciences at the University of Oregon. His book entitled “The Self-Aware Universe” presents a vigorous attack against SM, which he refers to as Material Realism. Entering his name in the search engine at IONS reveals that he is highly respected within IONS.
The following two paragraphs are excerpts from the introduction to his book:
“The negative influence of Material Realism on the quality of human life has been staggering. Material Realism poses a universe without any spiritual meaning: mechanical, empty and lonely.”
“As Morris Berman notes, this material realist world view condemned us to an alien world. Now we live as exiles in this alien land; who but an exile would risk destroying this beautiful earth with nuclear war and environmental pollution.”
SM considers our subjective experience to be nothing more than the interaction of atomic particles within the brain. This means that human subjective experiences such as compassion, altruism and a sense of justice have no intrinsic value as they represent nothing more than the random interaction of atomic particles within the brain. This has profound social implications.
A large segment of the ruling class accepts SM because they believe it reflects intellectual sophistication. Included in the ruling class are boardroom members of corporations, those who make political and economic decisions and uneducated media sources etc. Is it any wonder why, from one eclectic perspective, our world, to a degree, is fucked up?
I could go on, but what I've said in this post should justify my occasional departure from a loving spiritual perspective of acceptance in order to attack what I consider to be a cultural cancer……….dogmatic materialist perspectives.
A clear understanding of the nature of dogmatic materialism is appropriate before defending it with the loving acceptance of spirituality and mundane bickering over semantics.