Western Civilization has inherited a historical narrative that promised mankind a world of unyielding prosperity, freedom, and peace. The primary means to achieve this lofty goal was through the scientific method applied to the intricate investigation of nature. At first glance it would seem as though this scientific missionary activity has been wildly successful. The technological advances science has bequeathed to the following generations are as astounding as they are magical.
Technological advancement, however, has not come without a cost.
The scientific method promised to guide us into uncharted territories of knowledge and discovery eventually transformed into a totalizing picture of a grand metaphysical schematic by which all of reality was to be interpreted. Indeed, the mechanistic model of reality utilized by the sciences to understand nature eventually became confused for reality itself. Excluding the qualitative features of reality proved to be instrumental in focusing on the mechanics of nature, but this maneuver eventually moved beyond methodological instrumentality and became philosophical dogma. What was once an organic natural reality infused with telos and robust qualitative experience was traded in for a barren machine guided by the tyranny of disjointed material causality.
The result of this great switch has been a tradeoff between transcendent meaning for technocratic instrumentality. And although the world of commerce can be accessed by a touch of a screen or with a command of our voice, humanity has lost all sense of transcendence.
Despite this misfortune, the genuine tragedy is that the tradeoff between investigating nature while retaining an intimate sense of the transcendent has been an illusion from the very beginning of its development. The narrative of modernity has basically told us that in order for science to advance nature must be a closed physical system devoid of telos, and that humans must become insignificant biological accidents lucky enough to have evolved to the point of actualizing the illusion of consciousness so that it might be discovered that everything is of no meaning whatsoever. The irony here is that humanity must somehow be intrinsically motivated by the progressive discoveries of an abyss perpetually descending into nihilistic absurdities. It seems that brute survival becomes naturalistically poetic when ideology is at stake. Stated another way, the purpose of discovery, metaphysically speaking, is to uncover the infinite depths of purposelessness (or so we are told).
To be sure, the scientific community has indeed made fantastic discoveries and denying this fact accomplishes nothing of value. However, it is worth being reminded that the facts of nature do not interpret themselves, and authentic scientific discovery must pass through the interpretive lens of the all too human community of observers. While it is the case that authentic scientific discoveries should be readily acknowledged as advancement in the human quest for knowledge, it is not the case that the metaphysical naturalism and epistemic scientism of the aforementioned all too human community of scientists must be granted equal legitimacy. There is simply no rational, or even factual basis, by which we ought to be compelled to do so. Metaphysical naturalism has proven to be an unmitigated failure due to its circularities and epistemic scientism is a chaotic conglomerate of self-referentially vacuous assertions.
Since this project of mechanization and reduction is doomed to fail by way of implosion it is worth considering the role ancient wisdom traditions could play in rescuing reality from the modernistic philosophical mirage.
What must take place now is the regeneration of science.
This consideration brings me to the discovery of Wolfgang Smith’s remarkably unique, and genuinely creative synthesis of classical metaphysics with the authentic discoveries of the scientific community.
Discovering the thought of Wolfgang Smith restored my hope that the tenets of revelation, reason, and science can exist harmoniously in a holistic worldview. Smith’s philosophical creativity situated in the traditions of perennial wisdom opens up all of reality in such a way that science can be coherently interpreted so that the cosmic icon can once again adequately reflect the illuminating light of transcendent meaning once lost to the errors of scientistic reductionism.
Smith’s discoveries could not come at a more opportune time. The contemporary debate between wisdom and technocratic instrumentality, religion and science, faith and reason will most likely continue to rage on for several generations. But this is to the advantage of those committed to the perennial traditions of ancient wisdom. Contrary to the over-exuberant proclamations of the vitriolic modern cult of new atheist personality, the traditional view of reality is in fact not the worldview at risk of being rendered irrelevant. The atheistic materialist remains comfortable in their confirmation bias by clinging to the modernist narrative described above, but these pontifications are now being confronted by scientific evidence that cannot conform to their imposed intellectual paradigm.
The fact of the matter is that it will be the traditional worldview that will ultimately provide the discoveries of science with an accurate interpretative metaphysical schematic. The disagreement isn’t within the scope of scientific discoveries against the mythos of a bygone era of superstition; the debate is between a traditional mythos and a modernist anti-mythos pretending to be scientific.
The advancement of the perennial paradigm is being facilitated by the Philos-Sophia Initiative:
– The Mission of the Philos-Sophia Initiative –
THE PHILOS-SOPHIA FOUNDATION
The Philos-Sophia Initiative aims to facilitate a transformative impact upon our civilization through the recovery of the “vertical” aspect of cosmic reality, based upon the philosophical and scientific discoveries of Wolfgang Smith. The Initiative proposes a dynamic outreach–especially via innovative digital media–to minds profoundly committed to truth, inviting them to an encounter with a comprehensive worldview that integrates the fundamental discoveries of physics into the perennial wisdom of mankind.
Dr. Wolfgang Smith Introduces the Philos-Sophia Initiative
There exists at present a glaring discrepancy between what the discipline known as “philosophy” was in ancient times, and what it has come to be in our day. Whereas the word itself signifies “love of wisdom,” even a cursory glance at a contemporary Department of Philosophy reveals precious little sophia in its ranks—what to speak of philos: of love!
Yet the need for a veritable philos-sophia is with us still, and has in fact only been exacerbated by the pseudo-philosophical doctrines that have usurped its place. Neither science moreover—let alone the ubiquitous scientism which masquerades as such—can fill that pressing need. Nor, for that matter, can religion even in its highest form; for as history amply confirms: as our cosmos flattens, so as a rule do our faith and our theology.
The mission of the Philos-Sophia Initiative shall be to promote the restitution of authentic philosophy, based upon the ontological resolution of the quantum reality problem. It is our hope, and indeed our expectation, that this rectification of the contemporary Weltanschauung—which connects our most fundamental science with the categories of authentic philosophy—will lead not only to a restitution of philosophy, but to new and as yet undreamed-of domains of scientific research as well. And finally: the Foundation intends to prioritize an outreach to the young designed to discover and promote philosophic talent wherever it may be found, ad majorem gloriam Dei.
– Lucas G. Westman