SHAMANISM for the AGE of SCIENCE
Additional Information & Updates
Shamanism for the Age of Science by Kenneth Smith (Bear & Co., 2011), begins the work of bridging science and modern Toltec shamanism, offering a valuable reference for the research, discovery, and application of knowledge relating to the human energy body. The following information provides a better understanding of the book itself and offers more context for selected topics.
This book is a work of philosophy and science, or of consciousness and science. The marketing category "Spirituality/New Science" may therefore seem a bit odd. As a way of introducing the book, here is a brief discussion of spirituality as it relates to this work.
While a reader may personally relate to the book as dealing with spirituality, that topic is not directly addressed nor is it implied, especially if one considers a dictionary definition of spirituality as pertaining to religion. If one regards spirituality as the understanding of, and participation with, a sustaining force of the universe—spirit—then the term has shamanic meaning although this is not the focus as the book centers on the anatomy of the energy body and its mechanics.
Shamanism for the Age of Science centers on learning and relates modern Toltec shamanism and science as being methods of learning, a classic philosophical proposition. Overall, this applies to expanding personal and group awareness by learning a different view of our world and augmenting our ways to engage it. Also presented are other underpinnings of philosophy such as logic, ethics, the nature of mind and free will, and the ontological states of being and becoming.
In addition, the book is grounded in mainstream science. While the book provides new research directions for science, it does not try to reinvent science itself. The category New Science should be understood in these terms. The information on technologies outline the effects of science, the learning and application behind the method.
Perhaps a more contemporary understanding of the whole of the book is that it pertains to consciousness. Offered throughout the book are schematics regarding domains of consciousness, context about it, and "how to" skills to develop it. Learning and technology are also the manipulation of consciousness. Understanding the book as Consciousness/New Science fits with today's world, points the way to something emerging and removes a pedantic flavor that Philosophy sometimes carries. Spirituality in these terms is thereby an orientation and relationship to the general expansion of consciousness as rooted in a traditional Philosophy.
Homeopathy (page 16)
In general terms, a homeopathic remedy is diluted several times often to remove physical traces of the molecule An energetic imprint of the molecule produced through vigorous shaking or succussing is thought to remain. However, there are instances when a remedy still contains the physical molecule, the active agent of the remedy. The benchmark is typically Avogadro's mathematical constant indicating that a substance has been diluted to the point where "one would not expect any measurable remnant of the starting material to be present." However, because nanoparticles have been found in homeopathic remedies, meaning the active agent remains significantly diluting it, Avogadro's constant is under question as being the dividing line between the mechanism of action being physical matter or energy.79 Other possible physical mechanisms under scientific scrutiny include the structure of water, nanobubbles formed by succussion, and silica leached into formulations from glass containers. At the same time, an energy body model is consistent with Hahnemann's thinking that the mechanism involves one's vital force, or energy.
Validated studies (page 83)
A more accurate term for "validated animal model" is "recognized model." That is, the experiments performed on laboratory animals are clinically recognized as having correspondence to humans. The results of a drug being tested in animals are therefore considered to have predictive value for what happens when the drug is given to humans. "Validated" is more often applied to procedures and tools such as using a questionnaire to measure depression. Validated instruments have been found over time to provide accurate assessment.
Entanglement (page 163)
To date, entanglement is scientifically accepted as occurring only at microscopic levels. However, there is mounting literature of macro-entanglement, that conditions of quantum entanglement occur over physical distance. This phenomenon has been demonstrated in relation to satellite communication, for example.80 The topic was also the cover story in the June 2011 issue of Scientific American where the author made the case that macro-entanglement is generally accepted within the scientific community as being a correct proposition.81
Epilogue (page 251)
The first sentence should read: We can use the findings from diverse disciplines such as those relating to processes of neural networks, influences of epigenetics, dynamics of states of consciousness, procedures for self actualization, and properties of physics to illustrate the energy body because these seemingly disparate subjects are all functions of cohesion, the part of our energetic anatomy where the meta-cognition that gives rise to each of them takes place.