Relationship between mineral and spiritual science

From Anthroposophy

Please refer to the topic pages for an introductory description of mineral science and spiritual science as terms used on this site.

Positioning two paradigms: mineral and spiritual science

It is important to understand how and why mainstream contemporary 'mineral science' differs from spiritual science, because it forms the basis for a different worldview. And a worldview is the foundation for our functioning, the basis for how we act and decide. Below follow some aspects:

1. scope

  • The appropriate term choosen is 'mineral science' because focus is on the laws of the element 'earth'.
  • Spiritual science has as scope a spectrum of seven or eight elements and ethers, of which earth is one. The others being water, air, warmth, warmth ether, light ether, chemical ether and life ether. It is called spiritual science because the essential nature underlying these elements and ethers are spiritual beings all interwoven in a constant evolutionary dynamic of interaction.

See RSL 1921-06-24-GA205 and 1921-06-26-GA205 for a positioning how for each element really a different types of lawfullness or physics applies.

For research on the physical framework and laws that apply for the element 'water, refer to study of the etheric formative forces

2. state of consciousness

  • The scope and method of mineral science are linked to the state of consciousness (of the majority of the population), specifically contemporary 'mundane' or better sensory consciousness consisting of observation through the physical senses, and sensory thinking about this.
  • Spiritual science regards consciousness as a spectrum of which mundane sensory consciousness is a part, but extends it to other forms called imagination, inspiration and intuition. These terms denote the ability to view soul (astral) and spirit (also called devachanic) worlds through forms of lower and higher clairvoyance (enabled through higher senses besides our current physical senses).

3. Scientific method

  • Mineral studies the mineral aspects of physical reality only, with a scientific method that puts the observer and human consciousness outside of what it studies. All the rest - non mineral aspects and human consciousness effects - do not exist for mineral science; not by definition (as the true scientific method is open), but by dogma from the mainstream scientific community. This is a result of the state of consciousness of that majority population.
  • For more on this point, compare the difference between the views of Lord Francis Bacon (1561-1626) (re: 'trials and vexation of nature') versus the view of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) (see Goethean science).

4. Philosophical perspective

Last, from a philosophical perspective, one can compare the views of

  • Immanual Kant (1724-1804) and his 'Critique of pure reason' (1787) to that of
  • Georg Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831). For Hegel, the process and meaning of perceiving is fundamentally underlying for building our worldview

As a result of the above differences, and the intrinsic human nature that tries to find answers to explain reality, a long-standing debate between both paradigms and worldviews has been taken place. By means of illustration and to get started in your own research, see:

  • Emil du Bois-Raymond's (1818-1896) 'Ignoramus et Ignoramibus' famous speech (1880) and seven riddles
  • Rupert Sheldrake (1942-) 'The science delusion' (2012) where he discusses the 'ten dogmas of science (see also the Jan-2013 TED talk)

The author developed his own view with the 'Top five problems with current science' (2014).

See more about the societal impact in the section on worldview wars.

Concluding remark

In summary, one could also put it differently and say mineral science talks from a Contemporary Body of Knowledge (BoK-C) resulting from five centuries of modern scientific research, but there is also a Body of Universal Knowledge or wisdom (BOK-U). The latter BOK-U is a meta-representation or meta-paradigm that includes and encapsulates BoK-C. Meaning: spiritual science fully acknowledges all contemporary findings of mineral science and the technological advances that follow. It goes further however in that BOK-C tries to explain reality and cosmos from a more limited perspective, thereby giving rise to thought forms, hypotheses, mental and mathematical models that do not necessarily correspond to any reality any more.

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