Events That Seem To Defy Scientific Knowledge
Usually, the strange events of life are rather mundane. They’re easy to ignore and forget about. We most often don’t even give them a moment of thought. Oddities happen all of the time. Our perspective and information is limited, and we don’t have the time to consider all of the possibilities. We have things to do and places to be… so, curiosity and wonder get put on the backburner. For most of us, we only remember our child-like wonder when around children. A kid who has no adult responsibilities makes an unusual observation and the adult pauses for a moment. They walk past that place everyday… why hadn’t they noticed it? As we go about our lives, we normally just assume or act as if everything is explainable according to known scientific laws. Its easy to explain away or dismiss the minor odd events that pop up every now an then.
Experiences That Seem To Deny Rationality
Most of our daily experiences are non-rational. Thoughts and emotions and perceptions flow through our consciousness, and for the most part we don’t bring much self-awareness in investigating them. However, sometimes a weird experience jolts us into a moment of wonder or at least a moment of nagging uncertainty. Synchronicities are a good example of this. Subjectivity and objectivity, nearness and distance, randomness and order seem to briefly collapse into an unclear middle category. Its easy to dismiss it as a mere coincidence after the event. You can’t prove a correlation and certainly there seems to be no rational link, no common cause. At best, all one can say is that it felt meaningful. But even then one can’t say exactly what is meaningful about it.
Synchronicities abound. But if you’re not looking for them, you’re not likely to notice them. On the other hand, if you intentionally look for them and thus notice them, it doesn’t rationally prove anything. We find what we look for; about everyone understands this factor. Where one person sees an acausal principle another sees perceptual bias. Coincidences happen… so what? Objectively, a coincidence is just that, but that misses the subjective experience.
Can Subjectivity Be Objectively Studied?
Science assumes objectivity and subjectivity are separate or if anything that the subjective mind is just a result of an objective brain. Synchronicity brings this scientific assumpiton into question. That the scientific method proves a scientific worldview is no surprise. However, even traditional science based on a mechanistic paradigm is starting to be questioned by new research based on a new paradigm. But, no matter what paradigm, science will always be limited in what it can research. Science, by its very design, has difficulty dealing with the complex and nonlinear, the multicausal and the acausal.
Science doesn’t ever prove anything. Science just assumes through general concensus that a theory is true when repeated research hasn’t yet disproven it. The problem is that some phenomena can’t be scientifically studied at all or not very easily. According to the scientific paradigm, such issues are never denied, but by not dealing with them they are subtly dismissed. For instance, mainstream science has barely studied the paranormal and only because of a few mavericks within the mainstream. But, at the same time, mainstream science excludes the paranormal as if its been disproven. If the paranormal was untrue, it wouldn’t be difficult to disprove given enough research. So, why do most scientists avoid the matter altogether?
What Can We Discover Through Our Own Subjectivity?
So, science can’t directly prove much of anything especially in the area of subjective experience. All we do is use data to build up statistical probabilities. If anything, science tends to dismiss the subjective factor. Simply based on research, there is probably more reason to doubt freewill than to believe in it. But can we prove something as fundamental as freewill in our own subjective experience?
Some would say yes because they feel they’re free. However, everyone has plenty of experiences where what they felt to be true was wrong. Of course, the naturally optimistic human mind tends to ignore data that doesn’t fit into their reality tunnel. Yes, people who believe in freewill feel they have freewill, and vice versa. But what if we step outside of this self-contained thought system, this self-reinforcing loop?
With synchronicities, subjectivity and objectivity seem to collapse into a middle category. When we look at the dilemma of freewill vs determinism a similar collapse seems to happen. Synchronicities are just one category of paranormal experience. The paranormal undermines our whole sense of reality. Not only is objectivy as we understand it questioned but subjectivity as we experience it is also questioned. If neither objectivity nor subjectivity can give us a clear answer, where can we turn? Is there even a clear answer to be found?
Life is strange.