Essay: The Science of Self
Francois O'Haly - 4/12/2010
I have studied these things — you have not.
Reported as Newton's response, whenever Edmond Halley would say anythingdisrespectful of religion, by Sir David Brewster in The Life of Sir Isaac Newton(1831). This has often been quoted in recent years as having been a statementspecifically defending Astrology. Newton wrote extensively on the importance of Prophecy, and studied Alchemy, but there is little evidence that he took favourablenotice of Astrology. - Wikipedia 'Isaac Newton'
Newton was not the first of the age of reason. He was the last of the magicians,the last of the Babylonians and Sumerians, the last great mind that looked out onthe visible and intellectual world with the same eyes as those who began to buildour intellectual inheritance rather less than 10 000 years ago.
John Maynard Keynes, Address to the Royal Society Club (1942)
Well apparently spirituality doesn't actually exist because it can't be provenby the scientific method. I'm not even really sure how to answer this. Iguess if you've ever had spiritual experiences you don't need scientists totell you whether they're real or not. Or maybe you do. Maybe you're justcrazy like the materialist would have you believe. Apparently, again,humanity has lived in ignorance for ages and it was only with the advent of science that some people have had that great ignorance lifted. Never mindthat some of the greatest minds that illuminated science, Isaac Newton,Copernicus, Pythagoras, Einstein, Da Vinci, etc. were all philosophershamans who made their great discoveries in communion with the GreatSpirit. And I'm not just saying this myself this is according to their owntestimony. Never mind that science itself at its furthest reaches of understanding only brings us back into a total state of wondermentconfronted with the beauty and the greatness of the infinite, of theuniverse, of creation. The ancient Egyptians were an extremely scientificpeople. Every stone they laid had mathematical and astronomicalsignificance. They even had a science of the afterlife that somehow not onlycorresponds with other ancient culture's understanding of the afterlife butalso with the experiences of those who have had near death experiencesaccording to the most modern research. Look at the Mayan calendar. Theancient world is a wonderful place filled with lots of questions that modernscience has still not answered. Can you tell me how the ancient Egyptiansknew the exact diameter of our planet? I'm sure there's an explanation andI'm sure it's a very scientific explanation. Didn't they know how many milesaway the sun was as well. How about how the Dogon tribe in Africa toldresearchers the location in the sky where the star that they came from was?A star scientists discovered afterwards by looking for it where they weretold it was. Holger Kalweit who has travelled the world studying shamanic