This page and its sibling, Psuedo-science or Proto-science, focus on topics that are ripe for the picking, scientifically speaking. Like medicinal herbs from the rain forest or the Himalayan pleteau, they have been used for centuries as vital and effective tools, but have never been studied systematically by Western science. They have been studied, however, quite intensively, for hundreds of generations.
The topics Synchronicity, Oracles and Divination, Shrines, Stupas, and Feng-shui were chosen because of their practical value for improving the lives of people who use them. Theory and practice have worked together like the two legs of a human being. Historically, scientific applications of practical developments have been as common as practical applications of scientific discoveries.
In the case of the some of topics presented here, Western science has yet to even comprehend that these disciplines are actually effective; but formal outcome studies of practical techniques should be pretty straightforward if the techniques have measurable consequences (which is part of what it means for something to be practically effective). For example, if you put a pile of rocks in your yard with some crushed gemstones and bits of clothing and other odds and ends from some deceased spiritual teachers and gobs and gobs of prayers written in tiny block printed letters on very thin paper, and you expect that the mere presence of this construction will improve the situation for everyone, you can do a formal evaluation study if you can be clear about what you mean by "improve the situation."
If you're interested, though, don't wait for the scientists: See for yourself.
Synchronicity; Oracles and Divination
"I have no answer to the multitude of problems that arise when we seek to harmonize the oracle...with our accepted scientific cannons.... The irrational fullness of life has taught me never to discard anything, even when it goes against all our best theories (so short lived at best) or otherwise admits of no immediate explanation. It is of course disquieting, and one is not certain whether the compass is pointing true or not; but security, certitude, and peace do not lead to discoveries.... Clearly the method aims at self-knowledge, though at all times it has also been put to a superstitious use." C.G. Jung
The Oracles and Divination section and the Synchronicity section have been given their own page:
The Shrines, Stupas, and Prayer Flags section and the Feng~shui and Geomancy section now have their own page:
Scientist: Did you ever find any scientists who were interested in doing research on the multiple incarnations of the Tibetan meditation masters?
Interviewer: No. I don't think there are any.
Scientist: Did you and your friends go ahead and learn anything about statistics?
Interviewer: It seemed too hard to know what kind of statistics we would need.
Scientist: Actually, I'm glad you didn't follow my advice. It's too early for that. You should learn elementary probability theory, though.
Interviewer: For estimating how unlikly something is?
Scientist: For getting an idea of what it might mean to say that something is unlikely. Unlikely is partly a matter of perspective.
Scientist: I also think you should start playing with some logical and mathematical models that seem like they might be relevant; maybe like the mathematical theory of groups as it applies to symmetry, and the Madyamika logic of the Middle-Way school of Buddhism.
Interviewer: Isn't Group Theory hard?
Scientist: You're not going to try proving theorems. It's to help you understand symmetry, and especially broken symmetry.
But that's not why I'm glad you didn't get involved in studying statistics yet. I'm glad because you ought to jump right in and start working with the material you are interested in.
Interviewer: But I have no idea how to do that!
Scientist: Neither does anybody else. Have you talked to the Tibetan lamas about your interest?
Interviewer: What do they know about science?
Scientist: You're not trying to study science, you're trying to study multiple incarnations.
Interviewer: You really think they'd talk to me?
Scientist: I think being of benefit to people is why they have multiple incarnations!
Tools for Thought
THE CALCULUS OF INDICATION
"The theme of this book is that a universe comes into being when a space is severed or taken apart. The skin of a living organism cuts off an outside from an inside. So does the circumference of a circle in a plane. By tracing the way we represent such a severance, we can begin to reconstruct, with an accuracy and coverage that appear almost uncanny, the basic forms underlying linguistic, mathematical, physical, and biological science, and can begin to see how the familiar laws of our own experience follow inexorably from the original act of severance."
The best presentation of the Laws of Form material available on the Web.
"The Substance of a Non-Numerical Arithmetic is the intellectual concept of the "Existence of Objects", whether the Objects are real or imagined. Needless to say, any such discussion of existential import ultimately has a spiritual genesis."
Frank Potter's Science Gems, which has a
Articles and materials relating to probablity from the Web site for
Probability Calculators for various probability distributions from the
"Group theory is the abstract study of symmetry."
Kali. "You can use Kali to draw Escher-like tilings, infinite knots, and other cool stuff. It lets you draw patterns in all of the 17 planar symmetry groups." Kali is one of ten programs offered at the
The Geometry Center: Center for the Computation and Visualization of Geometric Structures, a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center at the University of Minnesota which offers a number of other resources including
Geometry Forum papers on Groups and Symmetry
Starting this time with an Alta Vista Search for "Broken Symmetry"
We arrive first at the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics, Cornell University where we find
and On The Road, Jack Sarfatti's version of the Tucson II Conference on Consciousness.
Related Dharma-Haven Pages
Last updated March 26, 1997
Top of this page