The "scientific method"
cuts across all geographical and cultural lines.
Chinese or French, theist or atheist, the scientific method is the same
and the striking successes of science lend credence
However, can the scientific method as it is currently understood and
applied be greatly improved upon?
Generally, we think
of the scientific method as being a method for verifying our creative insights,
but not for arriving at them. Creativity is the engine
of science. How can we separate the scientific
method from the process that generates the very insights that it is meant
to verify? The scientific method is how we "do" science
and, although we need to empirically objectify our findings,
it is the creativity that leads to new insights that is the very essence of
The role and place of creativity in the scientific process must be reconsidered.
A shift in emphasis towards the creative generation of ideas calls
for a revamping of the creative motor of science. We must set
the stage so that the eureka sparks of creativity - the short bursts of
inspiration that have driven science until now - will be replaced by more
enduring states of creativity.
Just stimulating the creativity of scientists is not enough.
We need to empower scientists, already electrified
by some new possibility, to single-mindedly pursue their vision. To do this
requires an environment favoring their existing intensity and the state
of creativity to which it leads.
It is clear that creativity
is the engine of science and that, without Eureka sparks of creative
vision, there would be no truly original ideas to verify in the laboratory.
The problem is that these visions come, almost always, as sparks
- short bursts of inspiration - rather than as extended, enduring
creativity. (Imagine trying to
run your electronic appliances on sparks of static electricity generated
from rubbing the carpet.) We are proposing a "Mind Tank"
that will establish a new standard of creativity in science swiftly producing
the advanced breakthroughs that we so urgently need.
we put out is always a function of what we believe possible. Until
Roger Bannister ran the four-minute mile in 1954, it was widely considered
impossible. Soon after, it became commonplace. We are able to go to extraordinary
lengths once we know something we want is possible to us.
All effort boils down to the
intentional movement of energy within us - the energy of attention or focus.
Focus is basically an effort to stabilize attention so as to
allow focus to form. It is an attempt to bring more and better quality energy
(e.g., intellectual, emotional, motor) to the point of observation
in order to prolong our participation in the "present" and allow
us to experience more of reality. This requires a sustained
level of effort.
Mind, Vision & Knowledge
The function of mind is to
integrate outer and inner - resulting in vision. This vision is called "knowledge".
The obstacle to learning more than is already known about any given phenomenon
boils down to natural limits imposed upon our efforts of observation, limits
that prevent us from mobilizing.
The ability to make use of visions representing natural phenomena is found,
most particularly, in the minds capacity to extrapolate and correlate. If the
mind grasps, in sufficient detail and with sufficient accuracy, the
aspects of a phenomenon, it can, in principle, hypothesize and project
estimations concerning aspects that are as yet undiscovered. Some qualities
of a phenomenon will
suggest possibilities and constraints in one direction while others will
suggest possibilities and constraints in others. Numerous features are
normally accessible to perception and each such feature, in combination
with others, points to the possibility of still more features.
The Eureka sparks of creativity - the short bursts of
inspiration that have driven science until now - need to be be replaced by more
enduring states of creativity. We call the enduring state of creativity "Accelerated Thought".
In the absence of this creativity
we see tiny parts of the whole, painstakingly
piecing together clues - the isolated parts of the "puzzle" that
we stumble upon.
Extrapolative vision (Accelerated
Thought), possible once intense focus passes into
observation, is far more penetrating and revealing of knowledge than short eureka sparks of creativity.
We are looking for those people who have the desire
to use their scientific creativity to discover specific scientific and technological breakthroughs.
Everything possible will be done to furnish
them with conditions of existence that will enable them to realize their
discoveries. First and foremost, they will be given shelter from
the mundane pressures of the world. Beyond that,
and still more important, they will be provided with the physical
support that will allow them to sustain Accelerated Thought.
will need to be surrounded by a support team. The members of this team will
have strengths of character complementing the candidate for accelerated thought and be experienced
with the kind of difficulties he is likely to encounter. He in turn will bond with this, made-to-order,
team of experts and their rapport with him will enable him to accept, with
confidence, the advice he will receive at critical
junctures of discovery.
Under the auspices of the
Project Mind Foundation, a specialized facility
has been designed for this function. This building is to serve as the center
from which a new standard of scientific creativity will be established.
The necessary elements
are now being assembled, but
in parallel, the forces of negativity are also growing. Each day sees
a global increase in pollution. And with each new day, more lethal tools become available to fanatics committed
to kill and die for some narrow ideal. Each day brings new crises.
Imagine newspaper headlines,
the good news of life saving and life enhancing scientific and medical
breakthroughs. Is it possible
to control matter at the atomic and subatomic level? This is the explicit
mission of nanotechnology. But while
nanotech accurately defines the purpose of science and provides it with
the focus it needs, the issue of creative effort as the key component of
the scientific method remains unaddressed.
We are searching for those
scientists who believe in their ability to discover breakthroughs. Through a new level
of commitment and effort they will accelerate the uncovering of
knowledge and establish a new standard of scientific creativity.