Obviously in taking a five second look at my blog, you can tell which side I stand on. It doesn't take much to realize that I'm heavily stooped in spiritual concepts. Nonetheless, spirituality has also what is typically deemed as pseudo-science by those who do not necessarily have the background to properly assess. As an example, the study of quantum physics/mechanics, often grouped into pseudo-science as it is usually new agers who reference such studies. But, quantum physics/mechanics is simply the study of the surreal world of subatomic particles, where we find metaphorically that one plus one doesn't always equal two. Einstein hated quantum physics for the mere fact that there was no hard answer, just unpredictable probable outcomes.
As interesting observation of the scientists in the West, I've been told that it's a rarity that you would see a collaboration of different fields. In other words, you typically don't see the chemist collaborating with the biologist, especially in forging new ideas and theories that would not necessarily produce monetary values in one's lifetime. Moreover, you don't see the majority of scientists collaborating with the physicists, especially those who seek to understand the sub-atomic realms.
Throughout different fields, we have the scientific method where theories are put under the test and are published for peer review analysis. Growing up, we were taught the importance of such, as that was the only way to discover truth, a non-religious philosophy where exoteric religion relies heavily on faith. But the physicists model presented the double-slit theory in attempting to understand whether photons were particles or waves. It was found that the observer of the study is what effected the outcome of the study, not the test in itself. If the observer had a particle belief leaning, the study would show particles, and vice-versa. Hence, it is the consciousness of the observer of the study that effected the outcome, not the scientific method. In connecting this study with the scientific method in general, I'm left pondering how much of our sciences is actually dictated by the scientists belief system, and not the scientific method study itself.
Knowing the above and the crazy world of subatomic particles, whenever I come across an atheist who touts science over spirituality, I'm further left pondering if these individuals have actually taken a look at the sciences, and a look beyond the limitations of one-field of science. I believe people should be free to believe in what they want, but I stress that one should be educated in what they choose to believe, be it spirituality, religion, or the sciences. I've since understood, with the help of individuals like Brian Greene and Nassim Haramein, that only a few can grasp what has been tested in the world of Physics. Physics is a field on its own, where much relies on ideas and theories to push forward, where many theories posed by individuals like Einstein are still being tested today for its accuracy. Nonetheless, with my understanding of the numerous subjects, I believe only three individuals can relate to the physical world and our position within nature, the Physicist, the Psychologist, and the Yogi, all of which one way or the other have questioned the nature of the one doing the observation, the observer, consciousness.
As Sergio Toporek of Nasa has stated, "[c]onsider that you can see less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum and hear less than 1% of the acoustic spectrum". In other words, the human senses can't perceive shit of what is actually out there. Nonetheless, the majority of our sciences attempt to study what our senses can perceive and propagate science as if is a new religion, when really, in light of the double-slit theory, science falls into a belief structure.
The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. -Nikola Tesla
For those who still tout sciences over spirituality, let's take a look at some of our greatest scientists. What did Copernicus, Newton, Einstein, and Tesla have in common? They were heavily influenced in mysticism and stressed the power of imagination. In fact, if you were to ask Copernicus to prove his theories, like the heliocentric nature of our planetary positions in a world under the Christian belief that the world is flat and man is the center of the universe, Copernicus wouldn't be able to give much since his ideology arose from contemplation and meditation. It wasn't until his successors of Galileo and Bruno where his model began to be accepted, of course at the deathly cost of Christian domination. Newton was a straight up alchemist and Einstein was a broke-ass who had to dream his theories. Tesla outright noted that he tapped into other frequencies to gain information. These guys, probably the most brilliant minds on this planet that have changed the way we look at ourselves and the universe, tapped into something and did it through a means not typically found in modern science practitioners. Another example is the uneducated Srinivasa Ramanujan, one of the most brilliant mathematicians on this planet who challenged his western counterparts to the point where the racially charged western world had to accept him for his greatness. Having no formal training or education, Srinivasa Ramanujan gave credit to the village Goddess for his abilities.
These great ideas came to me as an inspiration from the Divine. The Divine gave me these ideas; they rightfully belong to It. The Divine granted to me an understanding of Cosmic laws and ideas; therefore, they do not belong to me, so I will pass them along to others for their use and benefit as a gift from the Divine." -Pythagoras
With that said, it triggers me to hear "I don't believe in religion, I believe in science". I can only respond with, "there's more to this life then what is dreamt of in your philosophies Horatio". We are beings with limited senses attempting to explore and understand natural phenomena. Moreover, very few in the field of sciences have attempted to understand consciousness, a subject left to the field of psychology, another field that has been placed in the pseudo-sciences for much of the western world. Again, it seems the only one's that can understand are the Physicists, Psychologists, and the Yogi, all of which attempt to understand ourselves in the natural world. But really, we're left understanding how much we really do not know.
From my perspective, much of modern science is touted in the same manner as faith based exoteric religion. But for those who realize the connection, well, as evidenced by the individuals above, that's where geniuses have been made.
“The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.” - Carl Sagan
Overly educated and continuously exploring and revealing more behind the veil.
"It cannot be too highly emphasized that the mystic swims in the same waters in which the psychotic drowns."
-James Wasserman, The Mystery Traditions