Science

In today’s information heavy culture, science is accepted as fact. If a discovery is made, people think that means that absolute truth has been achieved.

In Kuhn’s Structures Of Scientific Revolutions, the author demonstrates that science, too, displays elements of subjectivity. He writes about various trends in science that he calls “paradigms”. Sometimes, paradigms undergo major shifts (such as when Einstein formulated his theories), and at these times, peoples’ views of scientific truth change, as well.

I often think of science as one way of looking at things– as a particular lens. I think it is especially good at describing phenomena that we already know exist. For example, a new kind of rock is found, and, once found, science describes and catalogs the rock.

Can it predict? Sometimes better than others.

I often wonder, if there were no rainbows, or had never been, would s scientist come forward and say, “We should be seeing gigantic multi-colored curves in the air sometimes after rain showers”?

I don’t think science is good at predicting what has not already been perceived. It has other shortcomings, as well.

Why do I bring all of this up? Since the current mode of defining and treating schizophrenia is based on a scientific paradigm (or medical science), there may be some aspects to the illness that we have not perceived or accepted.

There may be mysteries to the disease that we cannot understand until our perspective evolves.

Author: mystified13

Sole member of Mystified and Mister Vapor.

4 thoughts on “Science”

  1. Science is a methodology which allows us to objectively examine the world around us but obviously scientists being humans are subject to bias, ambition etc,. As regards science only being good for what we can see around us, if that were the case, we would still think we were at the center of the universe sitting on a flat disc. Science is limited by us but it has managed to produce some remarkable results in the form of technology, something religion has only managed accidentally at best.

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  2. I like to view science as falsifiable empiricism. That is to say classical science. Theoretical physics seems to be about mathematically proving hypotheses, but basic straight-forward Newtonian science is generally about taking note of ones perceptions, looking for patterns, and forming a conclusion. I don’t always trust my own perceptions, but they are all I have to go on, and I am nevertheless prepared to be proven wrong if better information comes along.

    I think your post implicitly points at the cult of “scientism” that is so pervasive these days. Non-scientists who make science their religion, and love nothing more than to see things debunked. There is no mysticism nor mystery in their lives, because they feel compelled to dismiss the spiritual side of things as ignorant superstition.

    In cultures where hard science, and its softer fellows such as psychiatry, are not the dominant paradigms, schizophrenia is generally viewed through a spiritual lens. Where some societies may see demonic or spirit possession, others may see it as a gift, giving access to the spirit realm. It has been noted by anthropologists that schizophrenia manifests itself differently according to the values of the particular society. In a shamanistic society, the schizophrenic is held in awe. They become shamans/medicine men who can talk to spirits, plants, animals, and sometimes even celestial bodies such as the Moon and Sun and use these connections to heal others. While not all shamans are schizophrenic, those who aren’t often need to take psychotomimetic drugs such as mushrooms, ayahuasca or peyote to get those results.

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    1. Thank you! You point the way towards a non-empiric version of things, which is where I was headed. A life needs meaning, perhaps even “magic” or something like it. I appreciate your thoughts.

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