to replace the materialist foundations of science
“Concepts that have proven useful in ordering things easily achieve such an authority over us that we forget their earthly origins and accept them as unalterable givens.”
– Albert Einstein
Materialism is the idea that all there is to the universe is physical matter (or substance). Idealism is the idea that all there is to reality are mental constructs.
There is no doubt that the scientific revolution of the last 500 years has produced many remarkable results. This was achieved in large part by taking on a materialist position, by treating the reality we perceive as a material universe governed by strict laws that are beyond our control.
This is merely an assumption. There is no way to prove materialism true or false. For that matter, there is no way to prove idealism true or false.
Yet the success of science and the scientific method has led many to accept materialism as fact. The concept of an objective reality made up of physical objects seems so obviously true that it is not and should not be questioned.
Unfortunately, this excludes much of our direct personal experience.
Our goal is rather ambitious: to replace the ubiquitous materialist foundations of science with idealist foundations. We want to show that materialism is not necessary and that idealism can explain a broader range of phenomena.
It may seem that physics – the science of the nature and fundamental workings of the world – is the most affected. Maybe it is. But the reach of materialist assumptions is so extensive that few sciences can escape this transformation.
Psychology as the science of the mind will need to deal with the fact that the mind has a much more active and direct role in the formation of the reality it perceives. A lot of mental infrastructure needs to be put in place to account for the complexity and apparent consistency and durability of the physical world we claim is a product of the mind.
This is a long term project. It took centuries to arrive at the materialist worldview of today. Developing an idealist alternative will take a while. At this point, there are many unknowns.
We believe it will be more than worth it. Please bear with us.