So the first thing we need to do is start knocking down some walls. And the first wall is the one that’s grown up between science and magick. It’s funny how easily people forget people like Alfred North Whitehead, Giordano Bruno, Wilhelm Reich, Roger Bacon, John Dee, Nikola- fucking-Tesla already!
And no I’m not talking about doing some sort of trite postmodern quantum mechanics thing, as you might see in such insipid tripe as what the #$%@ do we know or it’s sister piffle the secret. Or the endless stream of soft headed new age bunk that suggests that if you squint hard enough at your incense stick or jar of essential oils, you will be initiating a new ‘paradigm’ ( there is a slightly disturbing truth under all this, but rest assured it’s not quite what anyone thinks it is). Indeed, our biggest difficulty right now is understanding what a paradigm actually is.
To help out I will call in the big guns right off the bat, none other than the bald god of integral himself, Ken Wilber. And be at ease, as this is not really about any of those slightly sketchy wilberisms, but rather discussion of what science really is, and what it’s not.
So, to recap… real science, a real scientific method, consists of three things.
an injunction: something you do so you can have…
an experience: which is then subject to…
a conformational process: be it peer review, replication, checking against the literature, or simply an adequate interpretation, which is then used to formulate new injunctions.
That’s it. There’s nothing in there about materialism, or objectivity, or standard notions of distance or causality, or measuring it on instruments, or conforming to what the wilbernator calls the bullshit metaphysics of the current scientific priesthood. These are extraneous postulates, not science.
Sitting in meditation, doing a ritual, charging a sigil, divination, performing a metaprogramming process… these are all injunctions, when properly constructed. These are properly regarded as paradigms, which each can bring forth data, which is then subject to confirmation and review, hopefully as rigorous as possible. Any experience, be it internal, external, subjective or not, is equally valid as datum for properly formulated experiment, and is equally valid as subject for confirmation.
So what we can then say, rightly, is that good science, and good magick, are the same thing. The fact we have not regarded them as such is due to the epistemic abuses and prejudices of mainstream scientism and the general sloppiness in the method of most occultists, which is largely attributable to the slipperiness of quantifying interior experiences, as much occultism straddles the line of interior and exterior experience. But it can be done, once we clean up our own rat’s nest of assumptions, sloppy thinking and careless documentation.
So at a stroke, we can demolish the narrow science, the bullshit scientism that currently exists, and we can also shed the baggage of naive, superstitious, sloppy, excessively postmodern new age ‘magick’, and rightly walk into the court of real science, deep science, science as it was conceived and intended to be, on it’s own terms. And no one can stop us, except perhaps our own carelessness.