Have We Reached the End of Classical Science?
Question Received: What are the boundaries of science? Is science infinite or is it mortal as we are? If the latter is correct, do we see the end?
John Horgan in his book The End Of Science: Facing The Limits Of Knowledge In The Twilight Of The Scientific Age says that we are witnessing the end of classical science as we know it. cience has made some great discoveries and underwent swift development due to the Cold War. But now society no longer wants to invest in the abstract, scientific exploration of nature.
Humanity faces problems that are more real than theories of super strings or the wormhole of the universe. How can we survive? The author is concerned that young people are leaving science.
Dr. Laitman’s Comment: Science is based on humanity’s attainment through the five bodily (animate) senses. Therefore, it is limited by them from the beginning.
Our desires (our heart) and mind limit the field and depth of our comprehension, and these are the limitations of science. If, however, we break away from the limitations of our five bodily senses, as well as the desires and the mind that are connected to them, then we may feel the space that is independent from them – the Upper World. We will then be able to explore it with a new means: the sixth sense or the soul.
That is what the science of Kabbalah teaches us to do. Therefore, it is the science of the future.
The Physics of the Sixth Sense
Question Received: In order to feel the spiritual world, we need to develop a sixth sense, which does not pertain to the physical body. How does it work?
Dr. Laitman’s Answer: Everything that we feel is perceived by our senses, then transformed into electrical and chemical processes in the brain, compared to what exists in our memory, identified based on this, and finally, presented to the consciousness in the form of a ready-made image or concept.
Thus, a person’s entire conception of the world is built out of two components: “me” and “what I perceive.” In addition, everything occurs inside one’s desire. After all, desire is the matter comprising the whole world. But what exactly is desire? It is not a physical essence, and it does not exist in the cells or anywhere else in the body.
In fact, everything we feel in the body is but reactions to our desires and intentions. We can measure electrical and chemical changes taking place in our bodies, but these are only measures of the body’s reaction to what is happening in the desire. It still won’t tell us about what is happening with the desire itself.
There is nothing in the physical world that can enable us to feel or measure the desire itself. Let’s say I try a drink. I feel the taste and the smell, and I experience pleasure. Yet, all of these physical sensations that we can measure are only the body’s reactions to this drink. No matter what, any measurement we take will only tell us about the reaction, but not the actual desire.
And that is because the desire itself is virtual; it does not exist inside matter.
Egoism has Reached the End of the Line
All the desires that people have in our world have completed their development. Thus, our world has come to a full stop. All our corporeal desires (such as for food, sex, family) as well as our social desires (for wealth, fame, power and knowledge) are in crisis because they have gone past the last stage of their development. That is why they are now mutating into perverted forms.
Egoism has no more room to develop in our world. So instead, it is starting to connect us, making us feel completely interdependent. From now on, we will begin to sense this connection more and more, even if nations and people try to isolate themselves from one another. We will eventually reach the feeling of a complete, total connection, which will obligate us to love others as ourselves.
We will discover that this is the solution to all our problems.