Sam Harris appeared in today’s NY Times discussing the nomination of Francis Collins to direct the NIH: ‘Science in the Details’ Nicely done. I would make two comments:
If there is a universal god, why isn’t it universally perceived in the same way? Scientific laws are the same throughout the universe, and work whether you understand them or not. If gravity works the same way everyplace in the world, a universal god should as well. Coercing others to accept your view of God doesn’t count! Second, I would add to “the most pressing problems of human existence” our inability to see, let alone control, our headlong dash off the cliff which is global warming. We have 150, maybe 200 years until we’ve made our planet completely inhospitable for our species. That’s a plan only the most deranged would call perfect.
Scientist are like all of us, they look, evaluate-judge results, and attempt to describe what they see in this material plane. The tools of their exploration, are always improving, evolving if you will, to allow a better insight into the facts that their research explores, so new visions or judgements, are constantly growing in understanding. Scientist are not better at interpretation of reality than we, they are just showing us from their perspective the evidence they have uncovered for all of us to reason. Society may place a greater value upon their interpretation than upon a farmers interpretation but does that really make it true? Reason, logic, understanding, is a gift we all inherit, and some use it and some think it is a waste of time, but the emotional attachment we place upon any individuals assertions is of our own doing, not theirs. We constantly want someone else to filter thought, understanding and give us the answer so we do not need to do any work ourselves, and then we want everyone else to agree, and that just will not happen, will it?
The collective consciousness is a collection of all thoughts, beliefs, and actions that are passed along to one another, and it doesn’t have to be a verbal, or written form. The way we live our lives, the kindness we show one another, the fear we surround ourselves with, the moral judgements we pronounce upon nature, creation, and each other, show us more about the society, the individual, than it does about the “right or wrong” of any situation. Life is a process, and like it or not we are in the process, and yet we demand answers to all the questions we see within our world. We love to complicate issues, what ifs’, and what for, and all manner of resistance in an attempt to have others do the reasoning and the decision making for us so we do not have to do anything but challenge. Questioning ideas and thoughts is a good thing but it leads to more research, and change. Change is the only constant, nothing is in the same place twice within this physical plane of existence. So every one is learning to see themselves, ourselves, from new and different angles, and this ultimately will lead to better understanding, awareness and acceptance of who we are. In my opinion, just a small part of a great whole of energy moving forth continually, expanding, changing, growing, and it is all good for the collective consciousness.
So is this new head of scientific research the best man for the job, who knows? Will he do his best? I think any scientist who has worked in the field of research knows to expect the unexpected, as it is proven over and over again that nothing is as it seems, and today will certainly not be like tomorrow. So given this view, Collins, is going to do all of us proud, and the way he will use our investment into scientific research will inevitabily lead us to a better more complete understanding of Self, which includes the whole of physical existence. So just my humble opinion, and experience.