The essence of the scientific method, I was taught, is the scientific method of observation, hypothesis, and repeatable experiment. There is something even more basic to science, I believe, which is that the method must be adapted to the reality being studied. After all, we don’t measure time with a yardstick but a clock.
Two convictions seem to hold sway for large portions of our modern scientific endeavors. One is that evolution is sufficient to explain organisms. We’ll leave that to explore some other time. The second is that materialism is the sum total of reality.
The danger of a materialism perspective is that it can cause us to dismiss any reality which cannot be observed and measured tangibly. The method ceases to adapt to reality and demands instead that reality adapt to it. If we say there is no such thing as time because we cannot measure it with our yardstick, we are certainly not being scientific.
Is it any different if we say there is no mind, no spirit, no personhood, no love, no ideas. . .simply because we cannot measure them? All the realities which matter most to us, say the materialists, are just illusions.
Hmm, just what is an illusion, materialistically speaking?
[Tomorrow, a few questions about “mind” and the brain.]