A Second Scientific Revolution
|INTRODUCTION | synopsis |
“The concept of qualia is clearly at the heart of the next
stage of human intellectual endeavours. There is no other intellectual
challenge more important or pressing than qualia. The revolution
can only be brought about by a combination of rigorous scientific thinking
and trembling sensitivity.”
|“The soul is not a unit that is definable. It is instead
an undefinable quality.” |
“The basic universe of which I speak expands constantly in terms of intensity and quality…in a way that has nothing to do with your idea of space”.
Seth, “The Unknown Reality” Vol.2 Jane Roberts
The most fundamental scientific 'fact' is not the existence of the physical universe, but our awareness of that universe. Not even the most advanced physics, physiology or psychology, however, can explain even the most elementary qualities of our sensory awareness of that universe - qualities such as 'redness' for example.
Qualia used to be defined as sensory qualities such as
colour and tone. But what if awareness is not an empty receptable for
sensory impressions, but has its own intrinsic sensual qualities - of the
sort we experience as the inwardly sensed shape and substantiality of our
bodies, the sensed 'lightness' or 'darkness' 'colour' or 'tone' of our
moods, or a sensed feeling of 'warmth' or 'coolness', 'closeness' or
'distance' to another human being? What if such sensual qualities of
awareness are intrinsically meaningful - being the felt essence of meaning
Drawing on the dynamic field-phenomenology of Michael Kosok, the SETH books of Jane Roberts, and Eugene Gendlin's philosophy of directly felt meaning or 'sense', The Qualia Revolution rearticulates Rudolf Steiner's vision of a truly "spiritual science" of nature and man, and Karl Marx vision of a "natural science of man" that is at the same time a "human science of nature". It lays the theoretical foundations for what Peter Wilberg calls Cosmic Qualia Science - a science with immediate practical implications in such key areas of human life as and economics and education, psychology and medicine.
Cosmic Qualia Science represents a most radical shift in our understanding of what constitutes 'science' and 'scientific knowledge' - not merely a 'quantum leap' but a Qualia Revolution. Starting from the understanding that it is not energetic fields but fields and field-qualities of awareness that constitute the fundamental nature of reality, it challenges the foundations of both conventional energy-science and New Age pseudo-science, with its talk of 'subtle energies' and 'energy medicine'. In their place it presents a qualitative physics of consciousness and the cosmos in which GOD not only might but must have a place - as that primordial field of awareness that is the source of all qualia and all quantised energy.