Experiential spirituality

9 April 2014 ~Question of the Day~ Experiential Spirituality

To what degree do you think science is contributing to humanity entering a new paradigm focusing on vital experiential spirituality?

I have Jeff’s problem with trying to get a definition on “experiential spirituality”, and I think I’ve got a “sorta” understanding, in terms of the awareness of the levels of the experience of being.

For the first time in a long time I find myself at odds with the Oxford English Dictionary.
For me, the Oxford definition of science is woefully inadequate.
For me, science is a process of continual refinement, and successively more useful models of and approximations to, reality.
For me, we start out assuming that we can know truths, and then via a long process of testing and every deeper understandings, finally come to an understanding that we can never be entirely certain of anything in reality.
As we understand more and more about how our sense organs actually work, and how the information received by the sense organs goes through a series of processing stages before becoming part of the model of reality created in our brains that is what we experience as reality; we learn more and more ways that our experience of reality and reality itself differ.

Thus, for me, science is about a process of losing the childish certainty about what science is that is taught in most schools and universities, and coming to terms with the profound uncertainties that seem to be a fundamental part of this thing called life.

Most of what we call knowledge is very useful in a particular domain (set of circumstances) and not at all useful outside of that domain space.

Some people have the illusion that science is about tying reality down to some sort of clockwork mechanism.
For me, modern science is more about understanding the fundamental uncertainties and probabilities in all aspects of reality.
It really does seem to be true that the more we know, the more we know we don’t know.
It seems entirely possible to me that such a process could continue for the rest of eternity.

So science for me is more akin to Zen than it is a set of rules about how the world is.
And science is certainly about measurement, and repeatability (where possible).
And science is also about a willingness to question, everything, and to look and test and learn from the results of those tests.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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