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We are currently seeing an attempt at a scientific revolution in physics, and possibly a paradigm shift the world over. In fact we are smack dab in the middle of it. A paradigm is a system of ideal framework in which the majority of society’s beliefs and practices exist in. This includes prevailing scientific practices and beliefs, political practices and beliefs, and religious practices and beliefs. Paradigms are usually well established and engrained in the society they exist in, providing the people within the society a basis of common knowledge and reference that can be used to relate to and partake in the society.
In Dan Brown’s new book, The Lost Symbol, he very eloquently describes the possible revolution and paradigm shift. Brown’s book revolves around something called Noetic Science, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences(IONS) that was co-founded by Apollo Astronaut Edgar Mitchell. Their website describes the focus of the organization:
IONS is a nonprofit membership organization located in Northern California that conducts and sponsors leading-edge research into the potentials and powers of consciousness—including perceptions, beliefs, attention, intention, and intuition. The Institute maintains a commitment to scientific rigor while exploring phenomena that have been largely overlooked by mainstream science.
The double-slit experiment in physics, source of the Measurement Problem(deemed a problem because of our current paradigm), is the fundamental anomaly that must be addressed before we can move forward in Physics, and science as a whole. The quote above is apparently a result of conclusions gleaned by an interpretation of the Measurement Problem. The double-slit experiment, as well as Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle demonstrate that our observance upon quantum phenomena affects the results we get from the experiment. If we watch closely, matter behaves like our paradigm says it should: like particles of matter. However, when we leave the experiment to itself, matter has anomalous behavior: it behaves like a wave, and waves need some sort of fluid or medium to propagate.
This has created a transitionary phase in the discipline of science, in which many theoretical physicists are vying for their personal theories of cosmology. In fact, almost anyone with a basic background of physics can now posit cosmological theories for consideration by the scientific community. Of course certain interpretations have been better accepted than others, but the point is that we are in a sort of ‘no man’s land’ of physics at the moment. Everyone is waiting for a conclusion.
Obviously, then, there must be a conflict between the paradigm
that discloses anomaly and the one that later renders the anomaly law-like.
-Kuhn, The Nature and Necessity of Scientific Revolutions
The anomaly described in the Double-Slit experiment in Quantum Mechanics is the perfect exception to the current paradigm that serves as a possible baseline for the new paradigm, according to a growing number of researchers in the New Age movement - including some at the IONS. The new paradigm proposed by this ‘Consciousness Science’ would accept that consciousness is the basis for this reality - thus apparently explaining the reason that the ‘observer’ is the deciding factor on how matter behaves. The anomaly and detractor of the old paradigm becomes the law and reason of the new paradigm - especially when the new paradigm allows a higher level of comprehensiveness and explanatory power.