Science and Spirituality

Science and Spirituality

John Vervaeke's talk on concept of "deep conciliance" between science and spirituality concluding that there is a possibility of achieving strong transcendence within a purely extended naturalistic framework, and that this can be achieved by recovering and redoing the core argument of neoplatonism.

Although a bit wordy, obvious and could be communicated in a more human form, I felt it spoke to a lot of what I frequently ponder about.

Simplified models and objectivity share a reciprocal relationship, influencing one another in a continuous feedback cycle. Objectivity adapts to subjective models, while models concurrently strive to represent objective reality. This perspective challenges reductionism, which argues that everything can ultimately be reduced to its most basic constituents, such as quarks. Instead, it embraces a more holistic approach that acknowledges the interplay between science and art, objectivity and subjectivity, qualitative and quantitative research, as well as data and knowledge. By recognizing the validity and reality of these diverse perspectives, we can appreciate the richness of human understanding and experience.

Another talk that speaks to this interplay, Iain McGilchrist and Phoebe Tickell explore the role of imagination in reshaping the world.

Imagination: A Way to Remake the World

They discuss how imagination is often undervalued in modern society, with a focus on logic and rational thinking. However, they argue that imagination is essential in envisioning new possibilities and finding creative solutions to problems. Both speakers emphasize the need for a balance between imagination and rational thinking, and they discuss the interplay between the two, noting that each can enhance the other. By embracing imagination, they suggest that we can foster innovation, empathy, and a more holistic understanding of the world, ultimately leading to positive change.