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Post-Materialist “Science”: A Maquillaged Face of Woo

D. Pruett, a regular contributor to HuffPost, has posted an article entitled “Toward a Post-Materialist Science.” It is a tribute to the “Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science,” a document signed by four psychologists, one social anthropologist, one medical doctor, one neuroscientist, and one biologist, none of whom belongs to the mainstream of their discipline. For example,  Mario Beauregard, PhD, the neuroscientist, is the author of a book entitled “The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul,” and Larry Dossey, MD is the author of “Prayer is Good Medicine” and “Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine.” 

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After extolling the credentials of the authors of the manifesto, Dave Pruett writes: “The authors of the manifesto are all scientific mavericks whose viewpoints are not mainstream. … It’s worth noting, however, that neither were Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, or Einstein mainstream.”

The degradation of “mainstream” is the primary weapon of the pseudo-scientists against science. Mainstream science, they say, is boring and those who follow the mainstream cannot produce any revolutionary ideas that takes science to the next level. There is nothing further from the truth!

There are three categories of scientists:

  1. Those who are doing mainstream science.
  2. Those who bend the mainstream.
  3. Those who leave the mainstream and turn into crackpots.

All scientists start out in the first category. Scientists like Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, Dalton, Crick & Watson, Planck, Einstein, … belong to the second category.

Scientists in the third category may once have been accomplished scientists in the first category, however, for various reasons, they left the mainstream science, and with it, science itself.

People like Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, Dr. Oz, Fritjof Capra, Brian Josephson (despite his Nobel Prize), and the authors of the “manifesto,” by their own admission, are no longer mainstream scientists. And certainly they don’t belong to the second category!

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