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A Paper on the difficulty but necessity of raising conscious awareness Paul Budding INTRODUCTION This is a psychology (and science) paper. It can be read from an individual or collective psychology perspective because its message is relevant to both the individual and the collective. It is also about liberating psychology. It is psychologically important for the individual’s health to be able to go beyond conformity and to know ‘why’ they think what they think. This sounds easy but it’s not. People are born into a culture and the culture has a certain way of thinking that is recognisably of that culture. These thoughts become habits and then (over time) they are hardened into dogmatic assumptions. In this paper materialist science is used as an example of unconscious conformity because it has become a hardened dogma in the modern western world. PRO SCIENCE/ANTI SCIENTISM The pro-science (and anti scientism) thinker, Rupert Sheldrake writes that “It is not anti-scientific to question established beliefs, but central to science itself. At the creative heart of science is a spirit of open-minded enquiry. Ideally, science is a process, not a position or a belief system. Innovative science happens when scientists feel free to ask new questions and build new theories.” (Sheldrake, 2012a, p25). But science is often not like that. Scientists are normal people, born into a culture with a worldview. They conform to the scientific worldview. It is when they automatically reject anything that doesn’t fit with their worldview that they are being unconsciously fundamentalist. Psychologically it doesn’t matter whether the conformity is conformity to a truth or falsehood. Even if the conformity was to a truth it would be mere coincidence. (like supporting the right side in a war but only because the right side is the nation you belong too). If the truth became false then the conformist would not move from the original position. This is problematic because it means that we are unconscious creatures of habit. Fortunately we have a sense of this fact. So that inkling can be taken as an incentive to become more conscious and more aware. However many go through their entire life ignoring
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