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Bringing Science And Philosophy Together

Lay aside preconceived ideas, religious teachings, and philosophical conceptions. Open yourself to this timeless wisdom and let it expand your perspective on life.

“The modern 'religion' of our times is scientism, the idea that the only things you're allowed to believe in are those that can be demonstrated on the basis of observation and experiments."

These are words from Philip Goff, PhD, a professor of philosophy at Durham University who specializes in the nature of consciousness, during his conversation with Rich Roll.

And he goes on to say, "If you zealously clung to that, you wouldn't believe in your own conscious mind because that's not something that can be known about in that way. You wouldn't believe in the kind of truths mathematicians come up with, which don’t seem to concern the physical world of space and time."

In his conception of philosophy, Philip suggests we do synthesis. That is, in order to create a comprehensive worldview, we must take into account all the things we know to be true in different ways. Not only scientific truths of experiments but also the reality of our own consciousness, philosophical truths, religious truths, and other aspects of human experience.

Fundamental reality is not properly described by current scientific theories. You can't look inside an electron to see if it's conscious, just as you can’t look inside your brain to see your consciousness.

If the only way we knew about reality was through experiments, then science would be enough. But there's another way to know about reality and about consciousness, and that’s through our immediate awareness.

He emphasizes the need to bridge the gap between scientific plausibility and the mental and spiritual well-being of individuals.

On one hand, we prove things empirically with experiments. On the other hand, we are conscious of things; for instance, we are conscious about those experiments, but we cannot prove that same consciousness with experiments or determine its origin.

Aren’t we in a very strange period of history where our official scientific worldview denies the existence of the most evident thing: our consciousness? The very thing that gives life meaning? In a way, that's even crazier than any orthodox religious beliefs.

We’ve got a philosophical dilemma. How do we bring these things together?

The closest philosophy I have found to take on this task, to synthesize all these things together and bring them into a worldview, is the Yogi science. A philosophy founded on pure reason by ancient Hindu sages about 5,000 years before the Christian era began. It is rationally acceptable, scientifically plausible, and good for our mental and spiritual health.

This is the very reason its teachings made sense to me, the reason why I started writing about them. Although it’s impossible to delve into depths in such a short space (I would need to write deep dives or a book), I’ll keep doing my best to bring you the ancient fundamental truths the Yogis taught, to aid you in your development and growth as a human being.

Lay aside preconceived ideas, religious teachings, and philosophical conceptions. Open yourself to this timeless wisdom and let it expand your perspective on life.

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