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The key point about reality

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Epistemological insights from modern physics

The materialistic/mechanistic worldview of the 19th century, which is still commonly identified as 'the scientific worldview', during the 20th century gave way to something quite different, which, as stated in The Potsdam Manifesto, "proves astonishingly suited to build bridges between scientific disciplines otherwise drifting apart and, beyond that, to make possible a close connection to the arts and religion. It prepares the ground for a new, expanded common direction of thought."

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Epistemological insights from cognitive science

By its very nature, the cognitive science helps us 'discover ourselves' and thereby move on from the photographic camera idea of cognition. Instead of just thinking and believing, cognitive science shows us how we think and why we believe. This helps us improve our thinking and believing.

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The spiritual side of reality constructions

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The idea we had about 'reality' severely limited what we were able to perceive, think, believe, do, comprehend and be.

Two broad movements regarding this use of 'reality' are now visible. Both are promissing.

The first one is the change of the worldview in physics. The materialistic/mechanistic worldview of the 19th century, which is still commonly identified as 'scientific worldview', gave way to something quite different, which "proves astonishingly suited to build bridges between scientific disciplines otherwise drifting apart and, beyond that, to make possible a close connection to the arts and religion. It prepares the ground for a new, expanded common direction of thought." (Cf. Potsdam Manifesto). Heisenberg was among the first to write about the cultural consequences of this change. He influenced Fritjoff Capra who further developed and popularized this line of thinking. This offers one way in which we might be able to put Humpty Dumpty together again after all, namely by reconciling new physics with spirituality, ethics etc.

The other line of thought, which I find even more exciting and more fertile, is to avoid the word 'reality' altogether, and to think 'symbolically'. Symbolic thinking has now solid foundations both in physics and in cognitive science. I believe that this is the way the new culture will take. Symbolic thinking opens up generously to quite wonderful shifts in communication, ranging from inter-personal (for ex. in friendships and love relationships) to inter-cultural (synthesizing the traditions and worldviews, communicating the main insights from spiritual and other traditions etc.).

But we don't need to choose between these two possibilities, of course. The best is to reconcile them as well.

Cognitive science helps us 'discover ourselves', move on from the photographic camera idea of cognition. Instead of just thinking and believing, cognitive science shows us how we think and why we believe. This helps us improve our thinking and believing, and also think about our thinking and believing.

The 19th century idea of reality severely limited the idea we had about ourselves. The 'flip side' is that a lot more is possible for us than we imagined possible. 'Human potential' here is a container for well documented cases which help us expand these limits.




Physics
Cognitive Science Human Potential
Symbolic Thinking

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