Science can be thought of as having three tiers. The first tier is hard science for which the scientific method has bestowed near unanimity of opinion. When things can be predicted and tested at will, such as what happens when you drop metallic sodium into water (don’t do this) or when a heavy ball and a feather are dropped in a vacuum you get results than are metaphysically certain and predictable.
The second tier involves scientific views that have some basis in fact but are not actually 100% predictable. Will the planet warm by 5 degrees if CO2 doubles … some think so … perhaps even most scientists think so. Yet if you look at the historical evidence, you will see that positive feedback (the cornerstone of dangerous warming) has never occurred in earth’s history. CO2 levels have been 20 times the level of today’s 400 PPM and yet the planet experienced ice ages. However you look at this issue, this is good honorable science for which there is insignificant evidence to join tier 1. The same can be said about Darwin’s theory of evolution. It is a variant of the famous advice on how to get rich … first get a billion dollars then …” Or as Darwin would say “First get me a living organism that can grow and adapt to its environment …. then I shall give you the world of all living creatures.” Yes he is right, but he never answered the fundamental question of how life crossed the no life/life barrier. Likewise, as he himself admitted, he had no real explanation for the Cambrian explosion when almost all differentiated species of life suddenly appeared.
The second tier then is things they may be true but are less certain because there are unexplained holes in the theories. Alas, many of these theories have morphed into dogma and god help the scientist who challenges Darwin or anthropogenic global warming. As a standard, it can be said that the scientific method is a full time resident of tier 1, but it is just a guest in tier 2.
This takes us to tier three. Here we have theories that challenge the scientific establishment at its core. The proponents of tier 3 science are labeled “heretics” and are branded as people of the fringe. They are deemed stupid or childlike because they don’t accept the orthodoxy of science.
Naturally, the wizard of NAA wishes to visit tier 3 because it is just so damn much fun. In many ways, scientists and writers who dabble in tier 3 have the sense of wonder that all scientists should have. Be reminded that orthodoxy labeled Galileo and Copernicus as heretics. While many of the theories and opinions exposed in tier 3 will eventually be disproven by our friend the scientific method, others will one day become part of the new orthodoxy. So without further adieu here are some really cool adventures from the wonderland that is tier three science.
MORPHIC RESONENCE AND THE ARGUMENTS FOR A NEW KIND OF SCIENCE
I start with one of my very favorite heretics … Rupert Sheldrake. He is a man of extraordinary talents and for many years prowled the halls of academia with credentials and honor. Then one day he challenged the cornerstones of science and poof he was gone… permanently exiled to tier three (You know this has happened when your theories appear on a British sci-fi show about aliens … like Torchwood). Dr Sheldrake is a soft spoken man whom I believe to be the perfect embodiment of science. He is knowledgeable about what is known, yet has challenged science at its core. Shouldn’t all aspects of science be challengeable? Shouldn’t the evidence determine if a radical position is true? Here is a TED talk about the 10 things science got wrong with a few details about three of them. Hey challenging whether the speed of light is really a constant you just know is going to upset a few people. Just listen to his arguments and make up your own mind.
Of course his most dramatic theory is morphic resonance. This is a theory that postulates that there is a memory in nature that exists beyond the individual creature. He conducted experiments showing that once rats had “learned a maze” other rats hundreds of miles away would suddenly be able to do better when they were tested. Science was appalled at this theory, but the evidence time and again has shown that something is going on that cannot be explained by mechanistic science. In the wizards evolving view on consciousness, it seems that quantum physics plays a key role in self organized systems. This means that consciousness might well exist beyond the boundaries of one’s physical existence. Morphic resonance is consistent with this view and increasingly science is confronted by the incredible world of quantum physics and all that it might entail for the human mind and the possibility of a god (which standard science rejects out of hand.)
JOE ROGAN AND THE ANOMALIES OF HISTORY
Nothing brings out the wrath of science more than shows like the “Chariots of the Gods” which states that aliens have visited earth and left behind clues. There is a principle of science that states that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.” Another key principle here is Occam’s Razor which states that the simplest explanation is probably the correct one. Both of these are rock solid pillars of science and by these measures you really need an actual alien wearing a sign saying “I am an alien” before anyone in the scientific community would listen to you on this topic.
However, there are many historical anomalies that do not involve aliens but simply challenge the orthodoxy of sciences such as archeology and anthropology. One such item is the assertion that civilization began far earlier than is believed. Heretics in this area argue that the Sphinx is much older than the other items built on the early Egyptian plains by Kofu and others. In fact, the pyramids can be accurately dated due to carbon dating from numerous biological remains plus writings inside the pyramids themselves. The spinx is much more mysterious however and recent finds in Turkey show that the temple at Göbekli Tepe, goes back 12,000 years. This is almost 6000 years before the great pyramid. Could early builders have ventured to Egypt?
For a fun discussion of historical anomalies watch this Joe Rogan show below. It is quite a fascinating discussion about “unapproved history” with Graham Hancock and Randall Carlson.
Does this mean that aliens helped our ancestors … not at all. When you consider that we can now build spaceships and sky scrapers, is it so far fetched to believe that people who were genetically identical to us could not have started civilization many years ago with the help of a few men (and women) of genius? Is it possible that morphic resonance is correct and that once a giant structure was created, it made it easier to build such a structure elsewhere on the planet through something akin to “shared inspiration.” And most importantly is it wrong to challenge scientific orthodoxy by proposing new ways to look at the world?
THE EM DRIVE
The most difficult to label by tier is the EM drive. This is a drive for propelling spacecraft through space that runs on … well nothing. The nothing it runs on is actually the something that is found in the zero point field (which is a form of nothing with randomly appearing stuff inside.) It is treated as tier 1 and is given funding by NASA and other agencies worldwide because it is just so appealing and because … against all reason … it appears to work. If you had to take your fuel with you, then you just aren’t going very far or very fast. BUT if you don’t need fuel, well you could get to the edge of the solar systems in a few months and to Mars in just days. NAA will probably do a full report on this fascinating technology later, but suffice it to say there are no peer reviewed papers on this topic proving the viability of this technology. The official world of science says this is tier 1. But the wizard says this is Tier 3 until a clear explanation for how the drive is able to violate the laws of conservation of momentum can be provided (because “normally” pushing on the steering wheel does not make you go faster.) See video below on the EM drive.
ARE ALL GREAT SCIENTISTS HERETICS?
We come to the essence of the great Tier 3 debate by asking the question “Are all great scientists’ heretics?”
An argument can certainly be made that Newton, Galileo, Ignaz Semmelweis (spread of disease), Charles Darwin, Alfred Wegener (plate techtonics), etc. were all HERETICS before they joined the orthodoxy in Tier 1.
Here is a link to a BBC article on these scientists.
The truth is that science has come a long way and overcome many critics to get where it is today. Even Einstein was questioned and disbelieved … partly because of an anti-Jewish bias and partly because his views were just so radical. He in turn, had a hard time believing Neils Bohr when the implications of quantum mechanics started to appear. Recall his description of quantum entanglement as “spooky action at a distance.” The new is always disbelieved at first even by men of genius. How can we really know that our core scientific beliefs are really beyond debate? The “core belief” of conservation of energy clearly doesn’t seem to apply to dark energy which is being created as the universe expands (or so we are now told). How do we really know morphic resonance is not real or the the speed of light does not change?
There are many examples of Tier 3 science that were not discussed (the linkage between Hindu philosophy and quantum physics is just one more example as there are remarkable parallels). The wizard would only ask that you keep an open mind. Demand evidence, yes. Insist that the scientific method be followed, yes. But do not discourage the creative process that has the potential to allow us to see the world in entirely new ways. It is arrogant in the extreme to argue that the debate is over and that no counterfactual evidence may be presented on any topic. It is beyond comprehension that some in the scientific community have proposed that RICO statures be used to prosecute scientists who dissent on climate change. We are close to entering a new dark age in science and I for one would rather have a few too many crackpots than a few too many propagandists for orthodoxy. There is a joy to unrestrained science that we must always encourage.