PRACTICAL Theosophy is not one Science, but embraces every science in life, moral and physical.
It is clear that modern science “believes not in the ‘soul of things,” H. P. Blavatsky wrote. Yet, Science will be driven out of their materialist positions.
“Not by spiritual, theosophical, or any other physical or even mental phenomena, but simply by the enormous gaps and chasms that open daily — and will still be opening before them.”
“One discovery follows the other,” she noted, “until they are finally knocked off their feet by the ninth wave of simple common sense.
“If science is too ahead of its time, it must bide its time until the minds of men are ripe for its reception. Every science, every creed has had its martyrs.”
“Three decades ago, few scientists were courageous enough to break ranks and question their own belief system,” Deepak Chopra writes. “Even calling science a belief system sounded outrageous – religion is a matter of belief, science a matter of facts.”
“Many scientists are unaware that materialism is an assumption,” writes controversial biologist Rupert Sheldrake — one of the world’s most innovative biologists and writers, who is best known for his theory of morphic fields and morphic resonance —”they simply think of it as science, or the scientific view of reality, or the scientific worldview.
“They are not actually taught about it, or given a chance to discuss it. They absorb it by a kind of intellectual osmosis.”
The Ills of Science
In this brief talk, Professor Pollack reflects on the ills within the culture of science and offers a prescription for a cure. though Gerald Pollack is fully aware of the “power of vested interests,” this presentation asks us to consider the power of scientific innovators, working in concert, to produce a real-world demonstration of “venture science” — science guided entirely by proven innovators working outside orthodox boundaries. Just one percent of basic research funding, directed to the most promising alternative ideas, could make a world of difference.
Truth Will Out
“According to the ordinary course of affairs,” Blavatsky wrote (SD 1:147), “a few generations pass away, and then there comes a period when these very truths are looked upon as commonplace facts. And a little later there comes another period in which
they are declared to be necessary, and even the dullest intellect wonders how they could ever have been denied.”
“Where the conclusions of modern Science are grounded on ‘unassailable facts’ there can be no possible conflict between the teachings of occult and so-called exact Science.”
“It is only when the enthusiasts of Science over-steps the limits of observation nature forcibly removing Spirit from the universe, and attribute all to blind matter,” Blavatsky says, “that the Occultists claim the right to dispute and call in question their theories.”
“Science can, it is true, collect, classify, and generalize upon phenomena,” she wrote, but it “cannot, owing to the very nature of things, unveil the mystery of the universe around us.”