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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Subjective Science

To humans seeing is believing.  To dogs smelling is believing and to bats hearing is believing.  Humans can see only a very small section (visible spectrum: red, orange, yellow green, blue, indigo, and violet) of the entire light spectrum.  A hawk can see a small mouse from 200 feet.  Cats and many predatory birds can see at night.  Roaches can see within the infrared spectrum.  How many other pieces of reality are humans missing?

For the most part modern science uses objective investigations to try and understand reality.  First of all, objectiveness relies on the senses and the mind to interpret the world.  It is no wonder we are still seeking the truth.  The truth escapes us because we are looking at the world through myopic lenses with blinders on trying to describe a vast subject like reality.  Even with powerful electron microscopes, giant telescopes, radio telescopes, powerful spectroscopy machines, and humongous cyclotrons we are still using our sense of sight and the mind to interpret images.

We know now, through quantum physics, that the simple act of observing influences the outcome of an investigation (experiment).  So, as hard as we may try to discover and explain reality it will continue to elude us as long as we depend entirely on objective investigations.  A few scientists are beginning to include subjectiveness in their research.

Don Price and James J. Barrell are two scientists who are joining objective research with subjective research to increase the possibility of getting closer to truth.  Although their research deals mainly with behavioral sciences they believe it could be expanded to include other sciences as well.  By employing both the outer and inner perspective they hope to achieve a higher level of reliability and validity in discovering new things about reality.

Looking at one's self and inquiring within is the key to opening new frontiers in understanding consciousness.  That part of subjective research is called the experiential method.  When a person can look at their self and evaluate their own emotions, behaviors, and reasons for doing what they are doing a greater degree of accuracy, truthfulness, and reliability emerges.  This is true for both scientists and non-scientists.

The experiential method opens a greater understanding in human consciousness.  In the next post you will get the chance to evaluate yourself by using the experiential method.  


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