Author: Viktória G. Duda
Volume 18, Issue 60, Page 643 - April 2013
CitationCitation:DUDA, Viktória G (2016). New Methods for a New Science: Epistemological Considerations for a Consciousness-Based Paradigm, Journal of Conscientiology, IAC - International Academy of Consciousness, January-June, Vol. 18, No. 60, p.643
ABSTRACT: Moving into a new paradigm – one that considers consciousness as fundamental and not merely a derivative or epiphenomenon of matter – it will be necessary not only to set new assumptions but to revise methodology. This article shows through a series of thought experiments that in multidimensional reality we cannot expect to fulfil the same scientific criteria as we do in the three-dimensional reality of physical existence. Especially, the criteria of objectivity, reproducibility, and measurability must be critically re-examined. It is concluded that for a new paradigm to establish itself fully, the very criteria of scientific research need to be re- evaluated, else multidimensional phenomena will forever remain outside the scope of science. We can establish a new science that is not restricted to measurements but fulfils the criteria of systematic observation and the making of self-consistent models. New models might even transcend the conceptual mind, and could be based on nonverbal and nonmathematical cognitions, for which examples are given.