The most powerful force in the universe is the attraction of a mystery. We fear the unknown but we are attracted to it. The powerful attraction of the hidden truth is irresistible.
We cannot accept the possibility of a random and meaningless universe. We secretly hope that there is a secret because the search for the hidden truth brings meaning to our existence.
Life would be meaningless without the existential mystery. If we knew every secret in the universe would that make us happy? Of course not! Then, why do we want the enlightenment? Maybe the enlightenment we instinctively seek is not a cognitive state. Maybe, enlightenment is pure happiness.
Even so, we enjoy this eternal game of hide and seek. We enjoy the mental games. We are captivated by the cosmic mystery. We are in awe of the beauty of creation. We are curious about our true identity. We are searching for answers.
How to approach the mystery? The Eastern way or the Western way? Meditation or science? I was born in Turkey which is between East and West so I tried to find an approach that would combine the best practices of the Western and Eastern approaches to mystery. I am not alone in this effort. Many others are trying to find their own unique methodologies.
I proposed the term ‘Intuitional Science’ to describe a new methodology. I have been criticized for using this term. To some it is just an oxymoron. To others it refers to the body of knowledge contained in the Vedas. In recent past, the term referred to the unified theory of mind, chakras and kundalini. I use the term in a narrower sense.
There is an old joke in academia. If the word “science” appears in the name of a field then it is not science. Some engineering fields have the “science” attached to their names. Classic sciences physics, chemistry, biology do not have the word “science” in their names. Clearly, Intuitional Science is not science. Intuitional Science tries to find a common ground between spiritual philosophy and science. At minimum, Intuitional Science will establish a rational discourse between scientists and spiritual philosophers. At its best, it will lead science towards discoveries in subtler realms.
Intuitional Science is not metaphysics either. Metaphysics is too broad. I would like to define Intuitional Science as quantitative metaphysics or metaphysics employing mathematical language.
Intuitional Science tries as much as possible to produce representations or models of Reality with sufficient explanatory and predictive power. We should be precise about the definition of the “explanatory power” and the “predictive power.”
Explaining something by attributing the cause to God is not an explanation. Those kinds of theories have zero explanatory power. Metaphysical systems have some explanatory power but they cannot predict anything. What separates scientific theories from metaphysical theories is the predictive power. Scientific theories make testable predictions. I hold the Intuitional Science to the same standards.
We are aiming for a new field better than metaphysics in terms of explanatory and predictive power. I am confident that when Intuitional Science matures in the future it will inspire new scientific theories.
In my opinion, the first contributors to Intuitional Science will be the people who have been trained as scientists rather than the people who have dedicated their lives to spiritual practice. There are many advanced spiritual practitioners but they are not necessarily Intuitional Scientists. I would even suggest that science education must be a requirement for the training of an Intuitional Scientist. We should encourage young people to pursue Ph.D. degrees in science before they embark on other adventures in life.