by Dan Nieman
Just think about this world for a minute. How many diverse groups of people are there? People are spread all over this planet with widely differing belief systems and experiences of the world. People go on and on arguing for their version of reality over another’s. Scientists are especially troubling in this regard, as they have become the new Church; the gatekeepers of reality. It is now the scientific establishment who gets to dictate what we believe as reality. Supposedly they are the objective, rational, harbingers of true reality, as opposed to that made up fiction of religion.
However, as I intend to show: no one or no group of people is “objective” or even can be. This is because we live in a subjective reality. The scientific establishment’s resistance to the paranormal (or any data that doesn’t fit within their present belief system) and the idea of an intelligence that forms and evolves the universe. Scientists have constructed a box of beliefs (worldview) that shapes their view of the world, and what’s possible and not possible in that world. This belief in only material objects and energy blinds them to the true nature of reality even when the evidence for it is staring them in the face.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not opposed to science. Scientific experimentation is wonderful and has led to many advances. What I’m railing against is a certain scientism that has grown up around the halls of academia. It is a scientific fundamentalism that dictates what kinds of theories are acceptable in science, and subsequently about what kinds of studies are acceptable to undertake. Any findings that might upset the dominate beliefs of the scientific establishment are attacked or just simply ignored.
It is not an environment that is open to any and all inquiry. Precisely the opposite, what you can and cannot believe is determined by the scientific establishment based on the dominating paradigm, or worldview, under which they operate. And by “scientific establishment” I don’t mean all scientists, but the majority of scientists, especially the high ranking and influential ones. Things like telepathy, communicating with the dead, or a guiding intelligence underlying the universe, to name just a few, are not open for discussion. They are impossible based on the materialistic worldview of many scientists. Even when scientists study these things, their science is labeled pseudoscience and simply ignored by the establishment. Read the rest of this entry »