From Chapter 9

Modern Science – Part One – The objective path to knowledge

A different paradigm needed to see the world and – the author argues – the nature of consciousness:

“The Cartesian-Newtonian model of scientific thought and method has worked extremely well in describing the largely tangible, macroscopic world around us. But when we delve deeply into finer subatomic levels of nature or explore the enormous dimensions of galaxies in the field of astronomy, we’ve had no choice but to accept a vastly different model of ‘seeing’ and understanding these otherwise hidden, but very real dimensions of our universe. This new model – while very different – can encompass and then expand on the old mechanistic model to create a more comprehensive understanding of reality.”

Material things and phenomena seen as ‘waves’ of some kind of energy:

“When I was a young school student, I was taught in science class that light – as one example of an electromagnetic phenomenon – behaved both as a collection of isolated solid particles and a collection of waves. I could never get my mind around that. I felt that something was missing in the full understanding of this natural phenomenon. It is now clear that particles (like protons and electrons) and forces (like magnetism and gravity) are nothing but the excitation of underlying quantum fields. These fields are an unbounded, unconfined expanse of energy. When this energy is excited, it behaves in a wave-like fashion – much like what happens to the calm surface of the ocean. Just like an ocean wave, an energy wave has a distinct amplitude (wave height) and wave length (see diagram).”