The Challenge: Moving From Metaphysics To Science

Then it becomes evident that the move from the metaphysical confusion surrounding contemplative practices such as mindfulness will be a struggle.  Nevertheless, it is a struggle that I am willing to endure. I will write more about this as the weekend progresses. I have much to say about the subjects (both, mindfulness and the silly supernatural bit); it is evident that the sums of the benefits these practices bring to the human condition are worth arguing over.  At least, and I say this carefully as to avoid confusion, their objectively observable benefits are absolutely worth fighting over.
My reason for sharing this tonight is the result of a small Twitter campaign involving the hashtag #mindfulness. After only ten (10) tweets, only five (5) of which included links to my articles, I have been followed by a number of business people, productivity and communication experts, and regular folks who are just curious about the things I write. However… and here is the kicker: influxes of self-proclaimed spiritual people have taken the initiative to write to me and let me know how wrong I am about everything I say. That it is apparently impossible to observe my propositions from a scientific or materialistic point of view; that anything that has to do with the mind and how consciousness manifests in thought, cannot be quantified.  Many have gone as far as to tell me to stop trying. I truly believe that these are the friends who took the time to read my work. Yet others seem to have reflexively clicked the follow button; perhaps prompted by a word that triggered some familiar emotion. To them I say that it is important to know who or what you are supporting, the ideas I hold to be true may conflict with yours an offend you. Consider reading what I share, carefully.

After reading through the dreadful amount of recycled arguments against science and its narrative on the mind, I have concluded that replying to most of these messages would be a tremendous chore, but one that I may take on if the time allows it. But before this… for the closed minds that refuse to look past the limits of their own insincere religious constructs, I have a simpler message: you are wrong – you cannot make your subjective experience into an objective fact – do not try.

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