Once in a while a book comes along that totally redefines the world.  Science's First Mistake is definitely on that list.

Written by Ian O. Angell and Dionysios S. Demetis, this book challenges many of the long standing assumptions about how science is conducted.  For years, those in the Quantum Physics business took for granted that the outcome of experiments (notably those involving the Uncertainty Principle) depened entirely upon what the 'observer' was testing for.  However, the next logical step, which is outlined in the 12 Nidana's and the doctrine of co-dependent origination has the observer, not only as part of the experiment, but more importantly, an active participant in the reality which makes up the experiment, whose presence has not been fully appreciated.

From the authors:

Our short (and hence superficial) answer is that the Science’s First Mistake is the assumption that our world operates according to causal laws – that causality is built into the fabric of that world, and that
Science is the uncovering of those laws from empirical observations.


This book on the other hand claims that Science is a collection of
delusions in pursuit of theory, an umbrella-term covering an incoherent
and un-unifiable set of socially-constructed, self-referential linear
abstractions for describing what is our non-linear world.


The book is available for free download at the publisher's website.  Please feel free to discuss this and voice your views!  When you fill out the form, it will take you to a listing of a number of available books.  Don't get discouraged, 'Science's First Mistake' is on the list.

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This is an excellent topic to bring up. I haven't read "Science's First Mistake" yet, but will get to it. I'm in complete agreement with what you quoted, Joe. The authors know what they're writing about.

Mainstream science, principally physics, is in the grip of "reductionism," though there are more renegade scientists challenging this world view and approach all the time. Just yesterday, I ran across a book about to be published titled "A New Renaissance: Transforming Science, Spirit and Society," co-edited by Oliver Robinson. The table of contents of essays and authors sound fantastic. I was invited to a conference in November on this subject in London, but unfortunately won't be able to attend.

There are many such books on the market. and there will be more and more conferences and books, etc. in the future. This is the beginning of a "death knell' for reductionism, but that demise and transformation is still a long ways off.

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