As I'm sure you know there is a growing anti science movement and from what I can see science is being replaced with belief where people think what you believe is more important than actual reality. For example your belief shapes your reality and your reality shapes your beliefs. I have to say I find this movement to be very 'bonkers' but they think they're right. I'm in a Facebook group at the moment, just trying to find out where it's coming from and it looks as though a lot of it is 'spirituality', whatever that means. From what I can see the movement is based on some science eg . consciousness, neuroplasticity and that one quantum physics experiment, the delayed choice quantum eraser but any other science is ignored. The science referred to is selective, which of course makes is not science. My problem is it's not clear cut at all where belief ends and reality begins. I have done a quick search for a book but I can't see anything which covers both. I suppose I would say belief is personal and reality is impersonal. What does everyone think?
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The scientific method assumes there is a real universe in which everything is ruled by invariant physical laws. This assumption has worked very well, for people with widely disparate beliefs, including the monumentally stupid post-miodernists. It does not claim that we can know anything with absolute certainty, but that we can formulate increasing accurate pictures of reality through repeatable observation, reason and logic, testing hypotheses (which is all we have) and rejecting them when they prove false, No hypothesis can be proved true, because we cannot test all cases, but they can be disproved through repeated observations that contradict them. This is how science advances. Peer review by experts (in any field amenable to the scientific method) is key to publication of research. For more details, see Notes from a Dying Planet, 2004 - 2006. Notes from a Dying Planet, 2004-2006: One Scientist's Search for Solutions , Paul B. Brown - Amazon.com