The Use of Science in the Gurdjieff Work

Much of the time the exact definition of science is assumed but it is anything but the same between people. Accepting these assumptions makes comparing “contemporary science” with objective science impossible. So a definition of science is needed that is compatible with work aims. See the commonly used definitions. (3)

Contemporary science has no objective in itself.

However, Gurdjieff did use the term objective science.  He did not call it objective metaphysics. The term science in the work refers to the scientific method or the method of viewing the world objectively.  Objective in its first meaning is with an aim. Objective can also mean without unknown bias, with the aim and assumptions known.  And in the work objective can also mean seeing the suchness of things as there are in the moment of perception.

In order for body survival man must predict the outcome of actions and phenomena. The scientific method has developed to more clearly define how man and the world work in proven predictable ways.

Even as a child one uses the scientific method to understand the self and world. (1) Our Intellect uses the scientific method naturally. (2) Intellectually, emotionally, and physically we form hypothesis, we predict outcome, and test our predictions.

What science is not.

Science can not be taken as to having some viewpoint.
Science can not be taken as the opposite of something (such as metaphysics or mind/body).
Science can not be taken as the real or imagined results of contemporary scientific research
Science can not be taken as the imagined collection of scientists in the field of study, their attitude, or the results of their work.

Science in itself does not give value or emotional valence to views or outcomes.

(1) One of Gopnik’s more surprising revelations is that even very young children test hypotheses using the scientific method. In her book, “The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life,” Gopnik built on earlier work, explaining why she believes that babies and young children are capable both of determining causality and imagining alternate scenarios.

http://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/news/qa-alison-gopnik-babies-and-learning

(2) Brain naturally follows scientific method?http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100311101602.htm

(3) “Science” from Dictionary.com:
1. a branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths systematically arranged and showing the operation of general laws: the mathematical sciences.

2. systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation.

3. any of the branches of natural or physical science.

4. systematized knowledge in general.

5. knowledge, as of facts or principles; knowledge gained by systematic study.

6. a particular branch of knowledge.

7. skill, esp. reflecting a precise application of facts or principles; proficiency.

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