Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 14 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
Sci Tech    H4'ed 10/21/11

Sorcery For Scientists

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   45 comments
Become a Premium Member Would you like to know how many people have read this article? Or how reputable the author is? Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Plus a lot more, too.
Author 72883
Follow Me on Twitter     Message lincoln stoller
Become a Fan
  (4 fans)

Sorcery for Scientists
by Lincoln Stoller, Tenger Research, LLC

Presented at the Memorial to Jerry Lettvin
Sept. 25, 2011 at Stata Hall, MIT, Cambridge, MA

Science will undermine itself not because it fails to realize its power or achieve its goals, but because it ignores what it does not see. When power inevitably turns to serve values other than the corporation and the state, scientists will be asked to see what they have overlooked. Those who cannot will be dealt with as the communists dealt with the monks: to return to the mud from which they were created. Systems that cannot bend will break.

We can avoid the destruction that results from a clash of values by reconnecting with a shared point of view, a common experience. We should return to magic because magic is the unfiltered, uncensored experience of the world. In order to see the world as more than what is illuminated under Nasrudin's street lamp -- recognizing only what fits our preconceptions -- we must swim in the dark sea of experience without expecting knowledge. We don't have to abandon reason, but we must experience a richer world. We must learn to experience what we can't understand.

Magic is everything that science is not. Magic is the unfiltered experience. Magic never asks "why," or "how," or "if." And where science excludes and reduces, magic strives to include everything and anything that makes a richer, more inclusive, disintegrated experience. The only rule is that you must come back, though you may return a changed person.

It is an historical lie that science overthrew magical thinking, as science is based on the primary magical experience. But whereas magic empowers the magician to define his or her own reality, science retracts this authority with the tether of method and the scrutiny of peers. Without this a scientists has no connection to the ineffable and no spiritual authority. To regain spiritual authority scientists must return to magic.

Practice sorcery as the root of unadulterated human experience. Strive to develop contact with everything that science denies, ignores, and excludes. Yes, magic involves spirits, visions and the supernatural. This is how our minds work when conflating the irreconcilable. This is how we deal with what we cannot understand. In this realm the questions of lucid science are destructive, blowing away the motes of experience and blinding us to the shadows of consciousness. Is magic real? Do not ask.

Our appreciation of the magic in the world equals our appreciation of the world. Only in magic can we find beauty. Only in magic can we become more valuable than the mud of our intellects.


Lincoln Stoller, September 2011


Valuable 2   Well Said 1   Supported 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

lincoln stoller Social Media Pages: Facebook Page       Twitter Page       Linked In Page       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Physicist, neurologist, neurofeedback trainer, hypnotherapist, sleep therapist, junior sorcerer, mountaineer, enthusiastic participant in extreme explorations involving mind and body. Believer in the idea that individuals find meaning in (more...)

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Follow Me on Twitter     Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Sorcery For Scientists

This Is What Conspiracy Really Looks Like

Global instability, feedback, and your survival

COVID-19, Time to Look Around

Can You Make Yourself Smarter?

Perceiving Nature

To View Comments or Join the Conversation: