Mankind has a persistent and irritating habit of subverting any good idea by simply organizing it and applying rules and regulations. The end result of this is that the followers are receiving a backward and watered down version of the idea, and those who reject the organization because of the rules and regulations miss out on the idea entirely. The most offensive example of this is Religion. Refusing to deprive myself of any cosmic information i have thus skimmed the Cream of Spirituality off the rancid bowl of Religious milk long ago. But why people throw the baby Jesus out with the bathwater i’ll never know.
Many years ago i came up with an idea that many other people had already come up with many years before me – Since the information regarding God and the Spirit World is very limited, perhaps much could be discovered from studying how this Reality is designed and how it operates. By learning the concepts of physics and especially quantum physics, even examining ourselves and how our bodies are designed, the programming of our DNA and our psychology….in this way the Watchmaker might be understood by studying the Watch.
But of course any Scientist or Academic does not have to be Religious, and one of their reasons for this is that Science must be studied independently and without the influence of any outside contamination, be it physical or metaphysical. And it is true that any preconceived thoughts could infect the experiment. But maybe there are some aspects of Science that require Religious knowledge, that actually need this information like a puzzle piece that no one knows is even missing. It is so true that Religion without Science is Blind, and Science without Religion is Lame…..that is a very deep and revealing statement when dwelt upon, thank you Albert Einstein. But both Science and Religion do need each other. It is not thinking Scientifically to study Science in a vacuum when Science itself as well as what is being studied does not exist in a vacuum.
H.P. Lovecraft provided this illuminating and prophetic arrangement of words which is actually a bit frightening when properly considered:
“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”
And now the Astronomer who was hired because he was Religious: