In Guide #4 we explore the paradigm shift that Peter Russell and others predict will happen around the science of consciousness.
Taking a page from Thomas Kuhn’s seminal 1962 book, The Structure of Scientific Revolution, Russell has explained how common this type of paradigm shift is.
We tend to believe with diehard faith in a particular way of defining things — one that has served us a long time — until enough observations cannot be explained and we have to create a new explanation for how things might work. The transition from one paradigm to the next is not smooth. Pressure for change builds as more variables don’t fit anymore. We get smarter, we see more, we sense more, we measure more… and we understand that something is wrong with the old paradigm. Too many anomalies cannot be explained. Generally, the shift to something new is abrupt.
It takes a brave soul to challenge the assumptions. And they are often ridiculed for it. [Or, in pre-Descartes times, killed.]
Challenges around consciousness have been urged by Guides featured on this Connected in the Deep website. In this e-guide, we explore the views of Peter Russell and ask: Is it time to re-examine our view of Descartes philosophy and see the universe as made up of more than mind and matter? Is Awareness an element of consciousness that deserves more study — it seems to have an impact on quantum particles (the role of observer) and medicine (mind-body connections) and neuroscience (meditation). Some would say the power of prayer is another element of consciousness that has not been examined closely.
So what do YOU think, having now read the synopsis of material?
Do you think Russell is right? Is a paradigm shift around consciousness inevitable? Is science capable of embracing it as a serious space for study? Is there something of import that might be learned from deeper research?
Questions you might consider in your Responses below:
- Do you consider that the matter of brain might be more of a vibration or energy or field of brain?
- Are individual minds capable of sharing a kind of collective consciousness?
- Do you think dualism — the idea that mind and matter are distinct entities — is correct?
- Do you believe we are living in a cause-effect universe? Or is existence more about probabilities and chance and non-linear fluidity?
- Peter Russell said: “When science sees consciousness to be a fundamental quality of reality, and religion takes God to be the light of consciousness shining within us all, the two world views start to converge.” Do you think the science-or-religion division might start to converge someday?
- Do you think science will be able to “prove” answers about consciousness for our left-brained selves who need more than “feelings?”
- Do you believe science is headed toward a paradigm shift around this issue?
Welcome to the discussion!
— Mikki Morrissette, founder, Connected in the Deep
Note: the Guidepost conversation that starts below is not password-protected, which means your responses are more public. If that matters to you, please use a pseudonym.