Life viewed as a pure Newtonian or 3-D construct without admission or consideration of quantum or spiritual components. Sometimes materialism perceives Life as an accident and humans have no more importance than as a plague upon this planet. Such a view of course is immature and nonsensical.
Fichte writes: "The will is the living principle of the world of spirit as motion is of the world of sense." Newton said that this subtle ether interpenetrates all matter and is concealed in their substance, through the strength and activity of which, bodies attract each other and adhere together when brought in contact, annihilating distance, as if objects might touch each other. Through this "life spirit" light also flows, is refracted and reflected and bodies are warmed. Pythagoras viewed this as a divine luminous principle or substance which permeates all things and at the same time contains all things. They called it the astral light. The Germans call it the "Welgeist". [Snell Manuscript - The Book, page 2]
"As a subject which does not admit of verification by the prescribed canons of mechanical physics is held to be unworthy of attention, as untenable, it is fortunate for the cause of humanity that modern science has reached its ultima thule, where the tide of materialism must set back and carry with it the drift-wood of skepticism which has been accumulating during this century.
To quote the words of a physicist (at the Forest Gate Physical and Chemical Laboratories), "The door, between us and the spirit-world, which it has been declared is shut and bolted is even now ajar and a few gleams of light are struggling over the threshold from Keely's discoveries."
The artificial beacon, fed with the oil of learning, so proudly held aloft by modern science, is flickering; and many great minds are rebelling against the darkness in which it has plunged the mysteries it sought in vain to unravel. The Popery of scientific authority must have its downfall now that researchers after knowledge are making a stand and contending their right to think for themselves, instead of allowing dogmatic science to decide for them.
There is a light which sympathetic physics teaches us will never fail: - the inner light, or intuition, if we seek its guiding rays. The Spirit of Truth will lead us into all truth is the promise given by One who spake as never man spake before; and, with the foundation stones of pseudo science crumbling away, there is nothing left to fall back upon but the fortress of Revelation." [Veil Withdrawn]
Fictional Satire on Scientific Materialism
Standard Scientific Materialism:
Everything somehow came out of Nothing. That it all randomly collided to somehow make vastly complex forms of life with mathematical and geometric precision, completely at random. Matter is dead stuff that somehow comes together to perfect coherence from the sub atomic all the way to the macro at complete random. Eventually accidentally producing physical matter, which eventually produces consciousness completely at random in a big empty sea of nothing, in which mass somehow acts on that nothing, bends it (gravity) on some invisible unexplained fabric (space time) to hold life together, in which that matter is a made up of 99.9999% nothingness. And light, which according to the prevailing (special relativity) theory is a massless "particle" that actually experiences zero time (infinite length contraction and dilation) to make the fact that it has a "speed" (which is violated by certain quantum phenomenon but also not violated thanks to renormalized equations) and needs no medium because "it is its own medium." And the precise mathematical and geometric ratios of nature, gravitation, galaxies, and biological life itself are completely concidental and insignificant.
Makes a lot of sense!! Right?
A few controversial ideas from a few controversial scientists:
So uh, what if biology and consciousness have non local aspects or properties. And what if consciousness is not solely inside a physical brain, and what is it? What if the universe is more a series of intelligently self organizing fields rather than just random, mechanical, dead matter? What if the life too organizes itself in such a way?
Scientific materialism : what!? Pseudo science, woo woo, crackpots! You don't deserve that degree. Prove it!
OK.... Well, we need to not be ostracized, black sheep, and need funding to do that...
Scientific materialists: see! It's money you want! Fraud! Send James Randi in! Ban him from Ted!
Controversial scientists :
Seek funding from private investors. No funding unless money can be made from it. Falls into obscurity. theories forgotten. Out of sight, out of mind. No testing. No challenging of model.
Scientific materialists :
See! Can't be proven! This is the best we have, completely unbiased, objective, ontological facts of life baby! Fossil fuels for life! [anon]
Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth
"There is nothing that electromagnetism has brought into visible being which the human mind can deem to be lacking purpose or meaning.
Science ignores this most basic and vital level of creation. Without an answer to this question, as to why everything which has been brought into visible manifestation by the activity of the twin energies of electromagnetism is invariably purposeful, successful and rational - nothing of any value in the search for your origins will be discovered.
Until science can probe and discover the 'Reality' of the 'space' in which electrical particles of 'visible being' are supported, science will forever remain behind locked doors of materialism. It will be barred to eternal Truth and universal wisdom and imprisoned within the bondage of reason alone - reason which is solely the product of the finite activity of brain cells.
It is to the true nature of the SPACE I intend to introduce you - but before proceeding to this, I must first bring many highly pertinent questions to your attention." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 5, page 8]
"Until people truly wake up and open their eyes to the full realisation that they are the individualisation of the SOURCE of their BEING which is a combination of PERFECT IMPULSES of Creativity & Love, they will remain attracted to the enticements of materialism, satisfactions of body lusts, and the desire for self-promotion above all others - which ranges from take-overs and strikes in business and industries, and gross disharmonies in relationships to murder, rape and war. Wherever a person exerts his ego over another, angry discords abound.
This is the very first Law of Existence which must be publicised throughout the world." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 9, page 11]
"At the Council of Constantinople it was decreed that the spirit did not exist; it was dogmatically stated that the human being consisted only of body and soul, and it was heresy to speak of a human spirit. In the same way attempts will be made to decree the soul, the inner life, as nonexistent.
The time will come — and it may not be far off — when quite different tendencies will come up at a congress like the one held in 1912 and people will say: It is pathological for people to even think in terms of spirit and soul. ‘Sound’ people will speak of nothing but the body. It will be considered a sign of illness for anyone to arrive at the idea of any such thing as a spirit or a soul. People who think like that will be considered to be sick and — you can be quite sure of it — a medicine will be found for this. At Constantinople the spirit was made non-existent. The soul will be made non-existent with the aid of a drug. Taking a ‘sound point of view’, people will invent a vaccine to influence the organism as early as possible, preferably as soon as it is born, so that this human body never even gets the idea that there is a soul and a spirit.
The two philosophies of life will be in complete opposition. One movement will need to reflect how concepts and ideas may be developed to meet the reality of soul and spirit. The others, the heirs of modern materialism, will look for the vaccine to make the body ‘healthy’, that is, makes its constitution such that this body no longer talks of such rubbish as soul and spirit, but takes a ‘sound’ view of the forces which live in engines and in chemistry and let planets and suns arise from nebulae in the cosmos. Materialistic physicians will be asked to drive the souls out of humanity.
People who think that playful ideas will help them to look ahead to the future are very much mistaken. We need serious, profound ideas to look ahead to the future. Anthroposophy is not a game, nor just a theory; it is a task that must be faced for the sake of human evolution." [Rudolf Steiner – GA 177 – Fall of the Spirits of Darkness – LECTURE 5 – Changes in Humanity’s Spiritual Make-up – Dornach, 7 October 1917]
"If the world continues in its development as it is strives for in the sense of these materialistic impulses, then we will gradually enter into a development through which not only someone who unlicensed is forbidden from doing anything for human health, but also one in which relating to science, there is a prohibition against anyone saying anything other than that which is approved by those who have taken a kind of vow under the materialist world order.
Today, many things are forbidden, of which people do not feel any coercion from prohibition.
But we are approaching times when, like any unlicensed concern for healing of human beings, every word will be banned, except in an institution guaranteed and approved by the materialistically developed powers.
If we do not feel the direction of this course, then we will sail full tilt into a future “freedom”, which will consist of giving laws according to which no one may teach anything outside an authorized classroom".
[Rudolf Steiner (1916)]