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Revised February 13, 2006
This letter by Christopher P. Holmes was originally written on November 14, 2005-in response to the US court decision in favor of ID being taught within the educational system. It was subsequently revised January 27, 2006, after Dr. Holmes had read more of the pro and con arguments within the public debate over ID. There needs to be a third perspective in this dualistic science versus religion, evolution or creation debate--that offered by mystical and spiritual science.
Esoteric religious teachings not only teach
is a creative God principle, but further, they suggest the basic
of design embodied within Creation--the Laws by which the One
produces the Many, the Plurality. Creation embodies certain
principles, and yet this claim is ignored within the public debate over
ID. The study of the Sacred Laws of the Three and Seven, and
of 'the soul hypothesis' and the origins of consciousness, open up
other area of religious and scientific investigation and consideration,
which seems not to be considered within the public debate.
A State court in the U.S. has ruled that "intelligent design" theories and creationist views should be represented within the educational system, along with traditional neo-Darwinian theories. This could be important victory for a more enlightened science and education. This court decision may open up a broader range of investigations within different departments of the natural and social sciences, and challenge the repressed, antiquated and pseudo-scientific world view currently established in modern psychology, science and education. It is not that the 'facts' of science are wrong, but that the underlying science philosophy is. It is the science philosophy of materialism, neo-Darwinian evolution by randomness and happenstance, the soul-less psychology of modern times, and the head doctrine of modern consciousness studies, that are cornerstones of pseudo-scientific modern psychology and science, and education. The 'facts of science' can be interpreted in many different ways, and certainly already support important mystical claims about creation physics, the Book of Genesis, and models of human consciousness, if people had any understanding of these issues.
Hopefully, there will be
from intelligent design advocates-as to the principles and applications
of intelligent design theories.A model of Intelligent Design could be
within every department of knowledge, science, and education. For
modern psychology has been defined as the "science of behaviour
the mind" for over a century, and dismissed the idea of human being
a soul or a spiritual nature. If we take 'the God Hypothesis'
then 'the Soul Hypothesis,' would be a corrolary of this. And in
modern times, this issue of the existence of the human spirit or soul
most closely associated with understanding the origins and nature of
consciousness. Modern scientists assume that material
within the brain produces consciousness and the mind, and the
of I. Thus, modern psychology lacks any heart or soul, or
perspective. (Dr. Holmes' survey
Canadian Universities clearly demonstrates this.)
I see now, now that I have had time to search the net to explore this debate over intelligent design, that discussions of consciousness are not a part of the public debate and arguments. This is quite shocking and unfortunate, because the most important issue as far as the religion versus science debate is concerned, is this issue of the origin and nature of human consciousness. Modern science assumes that the material brain processes produce consciousness and the I experience. I call this 'the head doctrine.' In contrast, the esoteric religious teachings emphasize the origin of consciousness and the I experience from within the heart--'the heart doctrine.'
Unfortunately, the advocates of Intelligent Design do not appeared to be studied in the esoteric metaphysical teachings within their own religious traditions. A model of intelligent design is offered within their own favourite Bible. I have yet to read one Christian advocate explain the scientific significance of even the first three verses of their own favourite sacred book, the Bible. It will be unfortunate if Christian fundamentalism and dogmas become the primary influence in the opening up of the educational system to intelligent design influences, if such views are too narrow and simplistic and misrepresent mystical Christianity.
The esoteric mystery teachings of the varied religions are not understood, nor investigated within the modern educational system. and are hardly even mentioned in discussions of Intelligent Design! That is why i largely agree with the skeptic and critics of ID, that in the form this theory is offered, it is just as superfical as the materialists own philosophy of chance and randomness. It is non-falsifiable, in Popper's terms, and it outlines no areas for scientific investigation, and can become pseudo-scientific. However, if we consider an actual model of ID, then such theory can be applied in research and experiment. Unfortunately, ID advocates seem to be aware of none of this.
Since we live in a multi-religious and cultural society, we should really consider the esoteric creation teachings of the different traditions--the Vedas, Kabbalah, mystical Christianity, Sufism and Islam, Tibetian Buddhism, and the like. As I have shown in my writings, such teachings provide profound alternative models of human existence, with applications to understanding the enigmas of human consciousness, spirit and soul; and with application to every department of the physical and social sciences, arts, and philosophy; and to understanding the mysteries of Cosmic creation-including the physics and metaphysics of Genesis!
So I hope these new educators will not simply
add new dogmas
to the rubbish already taught within science, and instead pursue
investigations of an intelligent design models--its implications and
Surely, they will have to eventually stumble across the Sacred Laws
of Three and Seven, and a new understanding of the different
and the nature of Space. The Ladder of Jacob illustrated here
essentially a mathematical and geometric model of the structure of the
quantum vacuum. It also depicts the varied metaphysical inward
of human existence within Cosmic Space. It IS a model of
design based upon four world orders created according to the laws of
and Seven. Further, this teaching is essentially there in the
chapter of the Book of Genesis.
From Manly Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages
The 'Tree of Life' as found
within the Garden
of Eden, an indicator of secret knowledge! I do hope that a new
of researchers will apply the basic laws of Three and Seven to their
in every department, and open their hearts and minds to understanding
wisdom. Mayby this depiction above of the four worlds is a model
of the Zero Point fields, the void and plenum of the quantum vacuum,
which we live, and move, and breath, and have our being.
Da'at is all there is to it!
On Science, Religion
and The Question of the Existence of God
"On the Problem of
Dr. Sagan’s comments pose what I, Christopher Holmes, call “the problem of God's contracting universe.” Is it really correct to say that, as science advances, there is less and less for God to do? Has science’s progress really removed God from the entire skein of causality all the way back to the beginning, including the very moment of creation?
“We still believe that the universe should
and beautiful. We just dropped the word ‘God.’”
"... Many people do not like the idea that time has a beginning, probably because it smacked of divine intervention. ... There were therefore a number of attempts to avoid the conclusion that there had been a big bang."
"... (in) the quantum theory of gravity there would be no singularities at which the laws of science broke down and no edge of space-time at which one would have to appeal to God or some new law to set the boundary conditions for space-time. ... The universe would be completely self-contained and not affected by anything outside itself. It would neither be created nor destroyed. It would just BE."
Dr. Holmes explores the issues of science and religion. He provides a critique of scientists Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking, who maintain the general view that as science advances, there is less and less for God to do.
Dr. Holmes' writings on
- author of An Alien Intelligence -
has provided this discussion of science and
|"... by basing his investigation of "God’s contracting universe" on mystical and esoteric teachings, Christopher was attempting to reformulate what was essentially an ancient argument for and method of discovering God. Of course, Carl Sagan never considered the possibility that mystical and esoteric teachings might lead to objective knowledge because, quite simply, he did not know or understand what they entail. ... Sagan, who describes this transitional period in history–as that in which we begin in wonder and end in understanding–never suspects that there are ancient teachings which are every bit as profound and meaningful in advancing humanity’s quest for knowledge as the most advanced ideas in contemporary science.... "|
On Space Flight and Spiritual Knowledge
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1980) founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in America, and represents the ancient mystical tradition of the Vedic teachings of India. The title Swami means “who is one with Self.” In a conversation with a modern physicist, Dr. Gregory Benford, the Swami argues that scientists should study the natural laws in order to prove that there is God. The Swami goes on to make the most amazing claims concerning the nature of human consciousness and the possibilities for human experience:
Dr. Benford points out to Prabhupada that scientists now understand the nature of matter–such as the make up of the grass on which they are sitting on. He points out that we know what kind of molecules compose the grass and what forces of nature hold it together. However, the Swami is not impressed and he questions the significance of such knowledge–in that the grass grows with or without this understanding. We could take any subject from a material, analytic point of view and compile many books on it. Prabhupada argues:
Swami: You should try to understand this science of God consciousness. ... everyone has dormant consciousness of God. ... It simply requires proper education to awaken it. However, this education is not given in the universities. That is the defect in modern education. ... Because our government does not know that life, especially human life, is meant for understanding God, they are supporting all the departments of knowledge very nicely except the principal department, God consciousness. ... Reasons there may be many, but the principal reason is that this age is the Kali-yuga (dark age). People are not very intelligent, therefore they are trying to avoid this department of knowledge, the most important department of knowledge. ... You do not know so many things ... . (pp. 7,19)The swami claims that we all have dormant consciousness of God which can be awakened through education. Further, there is a “science of God consciousness,” which the Vedas and other esoteric teachings elaborate. From the Swami’s perspective, there is something fundamentally fraudulent about modern materialist science: scientists ignore the most important issues of self-knowledge and the spirit-soul, and study the parts taken out of relationship to the whole. Scientists study the physical laws, but ignore the underlying metaphysical causes.
The Swami’s comments pose many enigmas and issues, which most scientists would dismiss out of hand. The scientist can point to the material benefits of modern science as evidence that at least the scientific method works, whereas the mystical or religious method seems to be simply a matter of faith or delusion. Scientists can split the atom and penetrate matter with particle accelerators, describe the origin of the universe, and explore the outer cosmos with telescopes and space vehicles. Humankind has landed men on the moon, builds space stations, and is exploring the other planets of the solar system through probes, and the universe through telescopes. How could the Swami ignore such advances of scientific knowledge and technology?
As it happens, Prabhupada claims that advanced yogis can acquire far more profound powers and abilities by observing the practices and disciplines of the science of consciousness and the attainment of self-knowledge. In a book Easy Journey to Other Planets, the Swami notes:
| Prabhupada dares to describe
as childish entertainments and claims that yogis can develop far more
mystic powers through this science of consciousness! Not many
or psychologists are likely to consider such claims seriously.
easier and more reassuring course is to simply dismiss the Swami as
just another religious fanatic. However, if there is any truth to
the Swami’s remarks, then mystical science would indeed be more
than modern science. We can barely reach the moon, the closest of
all cosmic bodies to our planet, yet alone explore distant planets in
material or spiritual sky. Imagine being able to travel
the spaces of the larger solar system, and beyond. To do this,
yogi does not blast off with rockets, polluting the Earth and
billions of dollars. Instead, he or she achieves these amazing
through knowledge of Self and awakening within the inner cosmos
Prabhupada views scientists’ materialist and reductionist philosophy as limiting their approach to knowledge. Their refusal to acknowledge any causal agent other than material processes has blinded scientists to the most essential aims of acquiring self-knowledge and developing spiritual consciousness. If they were to undertake the methods of self-perfection and self-realization, the Swami argues, they would open themselves to awesome and profound realms of experience and reality. Of course, it is easy to dismiss the Swami as a lunatic, but perhaps he is in touch with truths that are beyond anything that scientists even imagine–an ancient yet secret science
On the Assumptive Basis of Modern Psychology and Science
human mentation." - G. I. Gurdjieff
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