Today, I want to talk about a topic that has been in my draft for a very long time now. Obviously, there are many more articles in my draft and I will be publishing them as at when due. And as I want you to know, all my articles are for you, my dear readers!
So, today, I want us to talk about the post-modern age of spiritual reason. Mankind has entered into one of its most interesting times in history when there are bound to be mental upheavals and changes in the way we think of ourselves and of the universe.
It is with this special thought that I want you to know of what is called spiritual reason. Before now, we had the enlightenment philosophers of the 17th-century such as John Locke, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire, and a host of others that we appreciate and remember for introducing us to the philosophy of reason and to all its many aspects, that proceeded from their different views of it.
So, while they may disagree about the nature of philosophy of reason just like they disagreed about any particular philosophical object, they all in their own way exalted and sought to define reason, and in fact, when we look back, we remember them for their lasting legacy of the victory of reason over religious faith that had been the standing paradigm.
And things haven’t changed much since the great enlightenment philosophers, especially in the aspect of philosophy. But this cannot be said of science which has gone farther to produce more results and technological breakthroughs that these great philosophers may not have imagined, but would not be surprised nevertheless. And this is because they themselves were aware of the universal power and reach of reason.
Now, whether we personalize or generalize reason, we all would agree that at a common level, reason refers to the rationalization of the world around us and to the ability to do so.
This definition is as historical as it is conceptual because, before reason triumph in the world, man did not rationalize the world. All phenomena were attributed to gods and to spirits, or whatever elemental being one could think of.
Also, man went further to believe that the universe cannot be explained and that we were doomed to just be docile observers of natural phenomena without being destined to penetrate their guiding laws and principles.
This belief was to become shattered by the classical scientists such Copernicus, Galileo, Brahe, and a host of other whose contributions to physics culminated in Newton’s Principia, where Newton stated the three physical laws of motion that made the world a physical place.
It is important to see that I attest that Newton’s laws of motion made the world a physical place.
And this is because, in physics, the world is a physical place not just because we can see and touch it, but because we have the knowledge of the set of physical laws that govern and that are deducible from the mentioned experiences.
Now, because of the predictive power of Newtonian physics, scientists and men of reason saw something to hold on to than the explanations of religion, which wasn’t really an explanation, but a defeatist view of the world.
And in fact, as the wave of individualism blew, the church, being the center of faith, lost its major hold as men began to see the world for themselves.
The newfound power of reason was like a touch that propelled and guided the classical philosophers and scientists in their pursuit of the truth. The skepticism against faith was born, and the many revolutions and breakthroughs in man’s mastery of the first four elements proved that faith was to be a journey in circles.
However, the philosophers of the age of enlightenment or the classical era based reason on the physical view of the universe. This is because one of the basic tenets of reason is not just consistency, but observability.
It is hard to conceive the engagement or involvement of reason in matters that are beyond the realm of observation.
So, such transcendent matters were condescendingly referred to as metaphysics, and in an extremely dismissive manner as matters of faith that has no real bearing in reality.
But today, I have come to place against physical reason what I call spiritual reason. This is even as I have taken all the conceptions and expositions of physical reason before now to be superficial and far from their true nature which can only be the exposition of spiritual reason.
It is my position that spiritual reason is what has become borne in this post-modern age and not in the ages before.
This is so because just as the birth of physical reason led to the Newton’s Principia which made the world a physical place, so has the birth of spiritual reason led to the Treatise which now makes the world a spiritual place. This is so because in the Treatise, we now have the proper articulation of the spiritual laws of the universe.
Many of the mysteries that confront science and the problems and unexplainability of quantum mechanics are all indications of the defects physical reason which has been the underlying philosophy of science since Galileo.
However, to make sense of the world, a problem which the mystery of quantum mechanics exposes, we would have to embrace spiritual reason. The transcendent exists, and it is the domain of all cosmic phenomena and manifestations.
When brought into the light of spiritual reason, we realize that quantum mechanics is not unexplainable or weird. Rather it is simple physics in operation.
You may be quick to suggest metaphysics instead of physics, however, this is a context where I apply physics as it generally means the study of nature without any bias whether it is physical or spiritual.
Now, the atomic world, which is also the other half of this world as the one half is the macro world, reveals to us not just the failure of Newtonian physics or Einsteinian physics, but of physical reason which has been the basis of all the aspects of knowledge since the first renaissance or the age of enlightenment.
And in a non-observed manner, this also applies to the macro-world as well. For since we could not unify micro and macro physics, then physical reason has failed in both worlds, and a new worldview was very much needed.
And the problem of making sense of the world around us which quantum mechanics indicates is one of the major reason for spiritual reason. And in fact, with the current mysteries in physics, many physicists agree that the universe no longer makes sense.
Dark matter and dark energy and a host of other currently observed mysteries are undermining physics, and I want you to know that it is not just physics, but also the broader and foundational spectrum of physical reason.
This is is a dire situation that is calling us to question physical reason as the ultimate means as it was taken in the ages before. We now have to embrace spiritual reason and see how it now makes sense of the world, and how it is finally giving physics as the study of nature its rightful place in the world.
Furthermore, spiritual reason is about the right way to address the failure of the scientific method. It is becoming obvious that the scientific method is failing to give us an understanding or a fitting description of the rising mysteries in physics, and being that some of them are cosmic in nature, we are at loss on where to begin.
Do we now bring the whole universe into a lab and kind of test it in order to unravel the nature of the universe? No, since this seems impossible. But it doesn’t dismiss the fact that we are now at the point where we want to know what the universe is.
It is no longer about testing a chunk of the universe or studying this or that phenomenon. Now, physics is about the whole universe and the whole phenomena of nature in a unified picture.
The search for the unified field theory and the almost insurmountable mysteries of today’s science are indicators of the existence of a new way of reason, especially with regards to the universe. This new way of reason is what I call spiritual reason.
Spiritual reason is what constitutes the new basis of the scientific method. This is important because it is only by spiritual reason that we can bring the phenomena of nature under one unified picture, and finally see the way the universe really is.
Now, concerning observability, we must see that even spiritual reason shows us how we can also test its explanations about the universe. Spiritual is not beyond the realm of testability. It can also be tested, and it satisfies the scientific method.
And in fact, due to the revolutionary changes that have come as a result of spiritual reason, I sometimes refer to the new scientific method to establish some sort of distinction with the old scientific method. And as I can see, I would have to discuss this in a new article.
However, in a way, we are majorly changing the basis of the scientific method, and not its hierarchichal procedure from hypothesis to theory, and we are simply doing this by using a new language of physics.
Spiritual reason is what is producing the new language of physics. The reference to this new language of physics is in the sense that spiritual reason is what is now giving us a new definition of the old concepts of physics while also introducing us to new concepts. This is important as we have reached the limits of physical science.
Physical science can no longer produce any more relevant concepts for physics or fundamental discoveries that are hinged on truth. This is why we find it hard to explain the new mysteries of science, especially with regards to cosmology, and also why we are at loss at how to describe quantum mechanics.
We have been right about our observations of these things, especially quantum mechanics, but we have been handicapped by the proper language to describe what we have been observing.
This was a major concern to Bohr and his camp in Copenhagen and it was what led to the historic series of debates and correspondences between Bohr and Einstein.
However, again, this is where spiritual reason comes in to restore once again the power of science as the only true way to understand the universe and the bigger essence of God.
And we don’t have a long way to go anymore because spiritual reason is now here and it is the source of the new concepts of science as they are found in post-modern physics.
So, post-modern physics is founded on spiritual reason. It is the new bedrock by which we shall comprehend reality from now henceforth.
So, more than anything else, we need spiritual reason to understand the universe. This is important for our collective existence on Earth. Spiritual reason is the only true method of understanding and it satisfies the expectations of science.
Thus, what I now inform you about spiritual reason in this article is what now redefines our understanding of scientific concepts such as space, time, motion, inertia, energy, force, etc., and it is what now informs us of absolute-relationism which is the over-arching philosophy of science.
So, for the first time in history, and due to the birth of spiritual reason, we now have a real grasp of the spiritual and what it informs us about the universe. This is the beginning of a kind of physics that is based on truth and a unified existence of mankind in mental harmony with the universe.
Until next time,
I will be here.
– M. V. Echa