If The Scientist Does Not Know Himself, He Knows Nothing

The less somebody knows and understand himself the less great he is, however great may be his talent. For this reason our scientists are not great.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein

If the scientist does not know himself – he knows nothing.
If the knower is not known – nothing is known
No matter how great your knowing, if you know not who knows – you know nothing.

You may know all there is to know about a subject. You may know all the ins and outs and be able to explain everything about it. You may feel very secure that you understand, you know, you can explain the nature of the thing, but if this subject is a dream, is unreal…. then all of your knowledge is dust.  If one is ignorant of their own consciousness then all else is illusory.

There is a major blind spot at the heart of our science. That is that we assume we can know, yet overlook the fact that the knower is a complete mystery.
Psychology, along with the rest of science, is meaningless if it does not proceed as it’s very foundation in investigating that consciousness in which existence appears.

If you do not know who is peering into the microscope, then how can anything you see be known?
If you do not know this consciousness that gazes through the telescope, then how do you know what you see is in any way real?
On what foundation does all of your knowledge stand?

Sir Bernard Katz

Who is seeing? And what and where?

To know, first the knower must be known
To see, first the eye must be seen
To think, first thought must be thunk

Can the mind know itself?
Can the eye see itself?
Can the hand grasp itself?

Without knowing ones consciousness, the subject, which is that which sees – nothing real can be known because there is no-one who is to see it.  Without this all is illusory, all is a dream dreamt by a dreamer.

All of our current scientific knowledge is surface level, is extremely limited.  It divides life, when life cannot be divided.

The quantum leap in science will be when it recognizes it’s own intrinsic limitation and so opens itself to other ways of knowing.  Other ways that are scientific – although necessarily individual and subjective.

The direction of study and experimentation must be reversed, from going withoutward to looking withinward.


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