2. CONCLUSION OF THE PROGRESS OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
The hypothetical-deductive Scientific Method that is used by all current civilizations, is characterized by being composed of successive iterations of four essential elements: observation and experience of phenomena, formulation of explanatory hypotheses of observations and experiences, prediction of observable consequences to starting from hypotheses, and experimenting with phenomena to confirm or refute predictions. To reduce the risk of results with biased interpretations, and to achieve objectivity, the data and methodology should be shared so that they can be examined by other scientists, who, in turn, should try to reproduce the same experiments under the same conditions (or the same). most similar possible), and verify the results.
In conversation with Professor Donald Hoffman:
“Why shouldn't we use the best tools of understanding that we have, namely the scientific method, to address the issues that are most important to us as human beings? Science is up to the task. What I want to see is an interplay between the genuine ideas that spiritual traditions have created and the new methods of science that take those ideas and make them absolutely accurate, to make rigorous predictions that we can test and then come and go. This is how we discover which of our ideas are authentic perceptions and which are just plain silly. […] We were stuck on so many scientific fronts and have been for a couple of decades, so maybe we are missing something that could help us progress. The fundamental thing that makes us human is our desire to understand our place correctly and, as you said, I think that you should not know how to fall prey to faith, but you have to be passionate enough.
[…] Why are we here? What is life? What happens when I die? These are the big, big questions that we would like to receive answers to, and we have the opportunity with the tools of science to take spiritual insights and turn them into something so precise that we can get precise answers to these questions. For example, what happens when we die? An interesting option is this, and I'll give you a metaphor that spells it out. Suppose you go with some friends to a virtual reality game room and play virtual volleyball on the beach, so you put on your headphones and bodysuit and you are immersed in a beach scene with nets, palm trees, seagulls, etc., and your. You see your friends' avatars and you start playing volleyball and then one of your friends, Tom, at one point says I'm thirsty, I need a drink. I'll be back in a minute. He takes off his headphones and suit. and his avatar collapses motionless in the sand for you in the virtual reality interface interface, it seems that Tom is dead, but he is not dead, he just came out of the interface and maybe death is like that, we see the dead body and cold sitting there, but that's just the avatar, and therefore it wasn't the real or original consciousness. What I see right now in front of me when I look at Tom, is an avatar that I create. I don't see Tom's true consciousness, so if that avatar stops working, that doesn't mean your consciousness is necessarily dead. "