Science is the study of the nature of our universe. It’s obviously not all “physical” because our physical bodies do non-physical things, like think and feel, and sometimes experience other out-of-the-blue type things we find hard to describe in purely physical terms. These out-of-the-blue experiences are not to be brushed off as “flukes”; rather, they are clues to a greater understanding of how our universe works.
Our scientific community prides itself on its achievements, which are certainly notable; but the more we learn, the more we realize we don’t know; especially where the human being is involved. We figured out that “matter” is really energy, and we proved this with the atomic bomb. Such accomplishments have a tendency to make some left brain enthusiasts think our traditional scientific method is the epitome of objective inquiry. But there is a whole other side to the scientific story – the “right” side. The closer we look into the true nature of the universe, the more we begin to realize how strange it all is (compared to our less-than-accurate world views).
Quantum physics is forcing us to consider that we have actually been subjective pseudoscientists the whole time! We need to re-learn how to see things for what they are, because things are not as they seem. The particle/wave experiment found that photons of light behaved like Larsen’s cows: doing one thing when we watch them, and another when we turn our backs. There is much to learn about our universe, and so it’s best to acknowledge our human tendency for bias, and not jump to conclusions about things we don’t understand without looking at all the angles – even the ones we hope will go away if we ignore them.
The Jekyll and Hyde of Science
The “hard” and “soft” sciences basically are the study of aspects of our existence that are processed by the left and right halves of the brain. Arguments about the superiority of either camp are really futile, and a humorous reminder of how quickly we forget the nature of who we are as human beings with brains, living in a strange and mysterious universe (that we know very little about).
The human brain, like a coin, has two sides. For a balanced perspective – use both!
Using both sides of our brains in all we do is like wearing 3-D glasses: providing us with a wider, deeper and richer perspective. 3-D glasses have red and blue lens that shift light slightly out of phase with each other. When the two images (perspectives) are integrated by the brain into a single perspective, it is one with depth; rather than the flatness of a one-sided perspective.
Hard science involves the objective and repeatable. Nerve physiology is a hard science, but some of its applications are still considered soft or pseudo science; since there is disagreement regarding the nature of certain process and mechanisms that are not fully understood. An example of this is the difference between the hard science of medical (pathological) neurology and the soft science of functional neurology.
The nervous system is involved in every minute morsel of experience we become aware of. Neurologically, “awareness” means some stimulus entered your nervous system; and now it will not only need to be processed in some way, but it will somehow influence everything about you (consciously or subconsciously). Nerve information travels as electrochemical signals through nerves. In order to keep the whole body up to speed and integrated in real-time, nerve signals spread out in networks, rather than going straight from point A to point B:
Sensation (stimulation of the receptor at a nerve ending) > nerve impulse (to brain) > brain (holographic processing) > nerve (to body) > muscle (response) > nerve (feedback)> brain (processing)…
We might say “a nerve signal goes from A to B”, but in reality, we mean: “we are interested only in looking at the small part of the entire signal network, coming from A and ending at B”. Realize the information in a nerve impulse travels in holographic networks everywhere from A to Z.
The value of hard, left-brain science is for the material world at certain levels of interaction. It works great for building a house, but not for building a relationship. So a lesson from the hard science of carpentry: use the right tool for the job (and keep in mind that more than one tool is often required).
Hard (left-brained) science has a lot of gaps in it. One reason for this is because the universe simply can’t be defined in purely linear logical terms. A chicken comes out of an egg, but you can’t stuff a chicken into an egg… life happened to the chicken. Life is about consciousness in matter. Consciousness is a mystery, and matter is really energy – which is another mystery.
Soft, right-brain (“fuzzy”) science involves things like traditional psychology, mind and emotions, intuition (psychic stuff), and spirituality (out-of-the-blue stuff). It also refers to some hard science issues that are used in therapies, but have not yet been fully integrated into the hard science realm (like chiropractic or the ideomotor action behind muscle testing). Just because we are fuzzy about how something works, doesn’t mean it is of no value to us therapeutically. There are many aspects of healing that we can’t quite put our logical finger on, but we can still get positive results. Fortunately something as important as healing does not rely on left brain understanding for it to work.
Storing information in your nervous system, has a hard science component to it (connecting sensory pathways), but there is also a soft science aspect: the mind adds meaning to the event (“good” or “bad” depending on how it supports or hinders your survival at the moment):
Event > sense stimulation (stored as nerve patterns) + meaning (attached by your sub/conscious mind)
These memories and meanings combine to form the quality of your life; and require both left and right brained approaches to make improvements. The body can be seen to have hardware (body) and software (mind) components, but the closer we look, the more the two blend. Certain aspects of the quality of your life (emotions) simply can not be accessed with a pure hard science method (drugging you into a stupor to avoid deep rooted emotional wounds is not really a solution). Here is where left-right “life” (consciousness) science comes in: modalities like muscle testing can help identify issues (using the neuromuscular system for biofeedback). And various forms of healing can be used to clear negative energy patterns; freeing up your inner conscious space (which can change the hard science of your biochemistry). Over time an improved hard wiring of your neurons takes place as well (as you begin to create new positive emotional pathways).
Keep in mind that the universe is an amazing and mysterious place, where consciousness works through matter (the definition of “life“). We really don’t understand its fundamental principles, and our minds are full of biases – so who are we to “disagree” and argue about how anything works? Instead of disagreeing, how about checking the ego, expanding the mind, and learning something new?