CPAP 1615 - Excerpt on the Naturalness of a Universal Consciousness

CPAP 1615 - Excerpt on the Naturalness of a Universal Consciousness

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An excerpt from Chapter 4 of “Modern Chiropractic Principles,” by David B. Koch, D.C., L.C.P., D.Ph.C.S., a textbook on chiropractic and meta- therapeutic philosophy, currently in preparation. Such a consciousness would be natural : In discussing the assumption of a “universal consciousness” as an inherent aspect of existence, it is inevitable that the question arises whether or not this is necessarily a theological assumption; in other words, one which concerns a belief in God, or in any way depends on or is related to a belief in God. On one level it is an obvious question. If we uncritically accept the limitations of the epistemology of “scientific materialism” (“If it can’t be measured, it is not available to inductive or empirical reasoning.”), we can easily fall into the false impression that it is an obvious fact that the “natural universe” must consist exclusively of matter and energy. However, if we do so, we are actually guilty of codifying what is merely a limitation of our method of knowing (epistemology) as a fundamental characteristic of the universe (metaphysics). We may choose to believe that “If it can’t be measured, it doesn’t really exist .” But this is not a fact, and cannot be a fact; it is and will remain only one of several possible assumptions available to us on this question. So if you are an adherent of this form of uncritical “scientificism,” and are allowing this “hidden assumption” to serve as your basic metaphysical doctrine, then you are, in reality, an adherent of the philosophic doctrine of materialism , the belief that we can somehow know that only matter and energy exist and that nothing which is “not physical” exists . Unfortunately, many people in the world today tend to operate either as “closet materialists” (people who, even though they have considered the possibility that something may exist beyond the strictly material universe of substance (matter and energy), they are only truly intellectually comfortable thinking in strictly physical terms) or as “natural/ supernatural segregationists” (they do believe that immaterial “things” exists, perhaps in the form of God, or spirits, or astral bodies or ghosts, but that these things exist separate from and outside the laws, processes and mechanisms of the “natural, physical universal,” and are thus “ super natural” to it). Thus, when we posit the existence of an immaterial consciousness inherent to the existence of the universe itself (and not external to it ), a “closet materialist” will try to “relegate the question” to a religious issue, so that he/she can dismiss it as a question for “someone else’s faith” and therefore of no concern. Similarly a “natural/supernatural segregationists” will automatically assume that you must be talking about the concept of a separate, supernatural “thing” which is not a part of the natural universe, but rather a part of, or another name for some part of, the “supernatural
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pantheon” of beings and/or forces. But we can neither relegate the question of the naturalness of
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2011 for the course CPAP 1615 taught by Professor Davidkoch during the Fall '11 term at Life Chiropractic College West.

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CPAP 1615 - Excerpt on the Naturalness of a Universal Consciousness

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