Goethean holistic science analogized to “warp and woof”

warp-woofGoethe’s Science theory and method can be analogized to “warp” and “woof” in weaving. 

Warp and woof point to the two directions of threads in cloth. When woven together, regardless of the raw material, warp and woof together, conjoined, have the best chance of creating whole cloth.

The warp is the the laborious footwork of observing your subject, in Nature as much as possible, from as many angles as possible, in as many seasons as possible.  This is the Outer Game of Goethean Holistic Science.

The woof is taking all your external observations, written notes and explorations inside, into your thoughts and feelings:

  • What observations repeat?
  • What patterns, if any, can you perceive?
  • Have other explorers found these same repeating patterns or not?
  • Is you initial question (hypothesis)  still relevant to your own personal growth direction?
  • Do your observations support tweaking your hypothesis usefully?
  • Going all the way in to Imagination, Intuition and Inspiration, what light, if any, do they add to your subject?

When the Inner Game of GHS is complete, then the explorer returns back to the warp.  Time to report your findings to colleagues, and anyone else interested.  We share our of expansive joy.  We also share to see if others can see our openings to negativity, “chinks in our armor,” in our arguments, better than we can.  

Q:  How does this differ from conventional science?

A:  To understand how a Goethean approach differs, the frame has to expand to include the Three Sciences We Use Everyday.  If new to you, read that then come back here.  

The easy way to discern how a Goethean approach differs from conventional science is to go thru the above again in the framework-paradigm of Three Sciences:

The Outer Game of Goethean Science, the warp applies Second Order Science.  DO the labor of observing your subject, in Nature, as much as possible, from as many angles as possible, in as many seasons as possible. View your subject so completely, any second explorer, any other place on Earth, or in time in the last 100 years or next 100 years, can replicate and verify your observations.

Applying the methods of Second Order Science is the Outer Game of Goethean Science.

Then the woof.  We go inside, to our garret, our cave, our study, our meditations and contemplations.  We assess our observations.  We check our notes.  We recall…

“Being a scientist is simply being careful not to fool yourself” — John Carlson, amateur rocket scientist

We accept and admit to ourself our perceptions are necessarily SUBjective.  There can be error.  Bias, prdjudice and intolerance can all be uncovered and rooted out.  We check and often re-check to remove First Order Science distortions due to imperfect subjective perception. 

That’s not all.  We check ourself to see how we have changed observing our subject.  We also check to discern how observing our subject has changed us.  Maybe in observing birds and wildlife covered in oil from an offshore oil spill we come to a greater appreciation of and dedication to renewable forms of energy.  Noticing how we change in studying our subject is First Order Science.

Third Order Science appears in our moral-ethical conclusions based on our outer exploration and inner cogitations.  Perhaps as was done by some in the 1960s, our outer experiences and inner contemplations causes a few of us to conclude the military draft of young men forcing them to be footsoldiers in wars is unethical, cannot be supported and actions against this form of mind control are beneficial to the majority of people.  Perhaps we are so convicted of this view, a few of us collect bottles of cow’s blood, break into an Army recruiting office at night, and pour blood on all the files and documents we can find.  

This is how applying Goethean Science can lead to acts of civil disobedience.  Thoreau at least would applaud.  

Guess what?  The “powers that be” including virtually all corporations, understand this possible outcome of applying science in its holistic form (Goethean).  They don’t want this.  

How to control science to it remains the handmaiden of corporate interests?  You pay your scientists.  You pay them in part to make an unspoken bargain for them to keep their subjective (First Order Science) and moral-etheric considerations (Third Order Science) off the table, out of sight and out of mind.  

In this way, since about 1940 or 1950, science restricts itself more and more to uncovering only what the “powers that be” including virtually all corporations, wish to have uncovered and discovered; that is, more things to make them profitable.  

The above suggests why Goethean holistic science is potentially dangerous to the current status quo of elites; and, why science must be controlled as it currently is in early 2018. 

Written by Bruce Dickson, HolisticBrainBalance.wordpress.com

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