So, before we get too far into the various implications of what depth science is, let’s go to first principles for a moment.
In mainstream science, the bias is usually a kind if naive materialism, empiricism or pseudo Aristotelian sense bias, depending how you look at it. In any case, the upshot is, that everything proceeds from the notion that objective reality, ( as in capable of being made an object of the five external senses) is fundamental, and all else is secondary to this.
Now, I could simply tell you that this kind of naive materialism hasn’t got a leg to stand on, but it’s more fun to roll out uncle ken again, and let him explain why.
Fair enough? So regardless of which tradition you approach it from, they all tend to arrive at the same thing. The only truly irreducible, incontestable foundation for reality is not in fact the senses, or matter, or anything that is apprehended by consciousness. It is only consciousness itself that cannot be detached from, doubted or deconstructed through skepticism. You may discard whatever you like, but not your own presence in the act of discarding.
It is not awareness of things that is primary, but awareness itself. And by pretending not to see this, science has created the insoluble paradoxes of quantum mechanics and whatnot. The first rule of every experiment is simple: train the instrument. And because science has typically left consciousness at the door, the backlog of confused conclusions has finally gotten to the point where they cannot help but let mystics in through the side door.
Because they will not train their primary instrument ( in many cases they will deny that there is in fact, any such instrument as ‘consciousness’ ) , the whole edifice is on shaky ground. They are reduced to simply one more superstitious school of ‘results magick’ whose understanding is built on sand. Surely one need look no further than superstrings, m-theory, and the one free miracle of the big bang, to see this.
So let it down, already, I say. Admit that consciousness is primary. Build your enterprise on sound footing, before it all crumbles in your hands. And for the newcomers: don’t be ashamed of your contemplation, meditation, and inner journeys. It is science as surely as anything is, provided you’ve constituted it properly, in the ways we’ve spoken of.
Just training the instrument, right?