This is a
picture of one of my closest friends, Oskar Ganestål. He left his body
yesterday evening, at the age of 46 (here is a facebook summary of our relationship). When sitting thinking about his life, and about
what he probably is most proud of in terms of what he leaves behind, I realized
that we only do some quite limited number of really important contributions in
our lives. This made me realize that it is time at last to stop waiting, and that
it at last is time to start on a project that I have prepared for for almost 25
years, both through my scientific and through my yoga careers. I will now,
today, at last embark on the project that I think will be one of the most important
things that I will do in my life. There is a time and a place for everything, and
now it is time at last for this. Thank you Oskar for this inspiration! I look
forward to many more inspirations to come as we move along in our ongoing
dialogues and creations, in this new phase of our relationship.

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In my life,
I have done many things, but I have only had a few long-term dreams and goals.
In other words, many of the things I have done, even things that have lasted
for several years, have typically just been partial sub-goals to one of these few overall
ambitions. Today I have decided that the time has come at last to start to manifest
one of these overall goals: to develop and describe, in detail, a leading-edge
worldview that combines the state-of-the-art understanding within science with
the deepest and most profound understandings within yoga, in a way that helps
us evolve as persons and as a society. Now, as an introduction to this effort,
I will just start with a blog post explaining why I think that this is so
important, how I have prepared for this, and a little bit more details of what
this actually will entail.

Picture from my first blog post, where I outlined the vision for this blog: to help stimulate the development of our societal triad: science, worldview and society.

Why is this so important?

So, what I
want to do is to outline a worldview – how can that be important!? Well, to
start with, our worldviews are important, because they are, almost by
definition, the underlying processes that guides and determines all things that
we do. In other words, if you want to change what you do in a certain situation
– change how you think about that situation. And in the same way, if you want
to help stimulate the evolution of a society, help stimulate the evolution of
its worldview.

At this
point, I also want to add that the particular worldview that I will develop is
something that will integrate many things that currently are opposing each
other. For instance, many of the troubles that we have in our society are due
to religion, and this in itself is due to the fact that people within different
faiths do not have the tools and concepts to understand and relate to each
other in a compassionate fashion. In particular people with a materialistic
worldview have a hard time understanding people who don’t, and especially for
this latter situation, I think that I will bring some pieces to the table that
will be helpful to some. Regarding this, I also have the feeling that many
people somehow are trapped in a feeling that it is scientifically proven that
materialism is the only available worldview, and who therefore are afraid of,
or perhaps even attacking, their own or other peoples’ spiritual urges
.
This
also leads to corresponding conflicts within different factions and goals
within our society. I hope that some of the things I will outline here will
bring peace to some of these conflicts, both within and between people.
Ultimately, I think and hope that such a peace will help us to bring a more
sensible agenda to our society – where goals having to do with economic growth
will be considered secondary, and where things having to do with our psychological
and spiritual growths will be considered primary. Such a change can only happen
if we publically stop thinking that these latter goals are meaningless
mumbo-jumbo, and that stopping can – I think – only happen if we make peace
between science and spirituality. For all these reasons, I think that it is
utterly important that we develop a worldview that encompasses science and
spirituality in a harmoniously co-existing and co-evolving whole.

At home in the universe, a book by Stuart Kauffman, made me realize that I needed to explore the emerging field of systems biology, apart from theoretical physics, to produce a really credible and leading-edge worldview. Picture from Amazon.


How have I prepared for this, and how does this
relate to other efforts?

As I mentioned
above, this thing I am about to embark on now is one of the few long-term goals
I have had in my life, and I have in a way prepared for it since I was 10 years
old, when I first started to explore yoga (via a book that my father brought
home by chance). That book led me to start a yoga practice, and it also led me to explore eastern philosophies, and to create the
first bases for my current worldview. For some time, this eastern-inspired worldview
co-existed with the purely materialistic worldview that I had gotten “by
osmosis” from my surroundings, and during this time I tried to explain all
things that happened to me in both worldviews. However, after a while, I
realized that explanations became so much more awkward and extreme/unrealistic
in the purely materialistic worldview that I gradually dropped this habit. This
dropping was also caused by the fact that I after a while started to realize
that the purely materialistic worldview is not the only one consistent with a
state-of-the-art scientific understanding, but that there are many options of
how to expand the partial insights and hardcore pieces to the puzzle that are
produced within science into a complete worldview – and that several such
worldviews can be constructed that are more or less identical with the one I
had.
(here, however, I must stress that there also are many worldviews and
statements that are inconsistent with a scientific state-of-the-art
understanding) I also realized that physics was at the heart of this, since therein
our scientific understanding of the world has reached its highest level, and since
it is from physics that many of the strangest and – for me – most important
pieces to the puzzle originates. Therefore, I realized that I needed to study
physics, to be able to understand these pieces fully, and to be able to explain these
things – these different possible interpretations of the state-of-the-art
understandings within physics – in a way
that went beyond typical new age mumblings to statements made with the authority
of somebody who has actually understood these things. Understood these things
as good as anybody has understood them. Therefore, I took a master in theoretical
physics, and now – in the last years – I have actually also started to go back
to the research frontier within theoretical physics (more on this later).
However, apart from this research in physics, I also realized that I needed to
dive into a corresponding state-of-the-art understanding of systems theory, and
its applications to biology: biology in general, but ultimately also to
psychology. This latter task, systems biology, I have spent the last 10 years
of my life to, and now I have also launched a Ph.D. student who is
doing systems biology of human psychology. I have also realized that I have
needed to first establish myself as a scientist, before I can start to embark
on these more fringe and in some peoples’ eyes suspicious activities.
Nevertheless,
since all of these things now are starting to come together, I at last feel
that I am ready to start writing putting all of them together, in a public
place. The final push was, as I wrote above, the death of my friend yesterday.

Finally,
some short comparisons of how the way I have tried to prepare myself goes
beyond what other people have done before. First, there are quite a few medial
people, who in various ways have reached a self-proclaimed level of
enlightenment, and then simply explained how the world works. I am now thinking
of people like Hicks/Abraham, Neale Donald Walsh, Martinus, Rudolph Steiner, Anandamurti, etc. Many of these people claim their frameworks as scientific, but
neither of them they have used the scientific method, linked their insights
with established scientific theories, or published their results in scientific
journals
. There are, however, another group of people who have gone much
further in this scientific direction. The most important of these is, in my
opinion, Ken Wilber, who have produced a rather comprehensive theoretical
framework, and who also links a profound understanding of meditation and
associated insights with a profound and up-to-date understanding of many of the
branches within science. However, Wilber is not a scientist himself, and does
not publish in scientific literature. He can therefore be
ignored by the scientific community.
Finally, there are of course a few
scientists within science who also take a bigger perspective. Unfortunately,
very few of those are active within the field of philosophy, which for some
reason has abdicated from its search for the bigger over-arching quests and now
only deals with nit-picky details (please enlighten me if you are aware of
interesting exceptions!). There are, on the other hand a few theoreticians that
are worth mentioning, e.g. physicists and mathematicians Roger Penrose, Stuart
Kauffman, Norbert Wiener, etc. However, none of these have created frameworks
that are particularly similar to what I intend to outline here, and this is
because they typically are more less ignorant of psychological phenomena,
meditation, and related issues.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=LFFMtq5g8N4%3Ffeature%3Dplayer_detailpage

Ken Wilber, one of the most important pre-cursors to what I will develop, since he is one of the few who both has a well-developed understanding for meditation and science, and since he is seeking to create, and argue for the importance of, a worldview that incorporates both these two things. Here he shows how one could do research on people that are advanced in meditation – a thing that I am very much planning for myself. I just need to train sufficiently many advanced students first!


So, what is it that I will do?

After this
little introduction, I will now start to post various blog posts that will
contain pieces to a puzzle that will become a more-or-less complete worldview.
This will not be a final and non-evolving worldview, since that is not a feature of a
scientific worldview. It will, however, be leading-edge (meaning that
several of the things will not have been said before, elsewhere, and that several
things will contain very recent understandings). Most importantly, the
worldview here is being constructed to be internally consistent, and to cover
the integration between all the main areas of life, which most notably includes
both the inner and the outer worlds. Some of things I will say will be ordinary
mainstream scientific results, and some will be outside. Some of the things
that I describe here will be standard spiritual knowledge, some will be less
widely known – and the latter certainly concerns ways to link these spiritual
statements with a scientific framework. I will try to clearly specify what is
what, and also to try to explain how the things that are not yet mainstream
science, still does not imply a violation of the things that actually are said
within science – how also these things lie within the allowed range of
science-consistent worldviews.

Now in
these early posts I will start by covering really basic things, but which will
be necessary for all future developments. I will, e.g., deal with the question
of how a combination of science and spirituality such as the one I propose here even can exist in principle, what a meaningful definition of the word God could be

(and how the proposed definition still can be useful when reading spiritual
texts). With these things in place, I will then use some 8-10 posts to
step-by-step outline a mechanistic interpretation of the widely hyped principle
called “the law of attraction”. This outlining will include several other
important building-blocks, such as the relation between free will and physical
laws, how the word vibration can be interpreted in a meaningful way, how
thoughts relate to objects, how thoughts relate to each other, etc.
With these
things in place, there are many ways to move ahead, and this is decided a
little bit less in detail.

Apart from
these blog posts, I will probably also post short summaries as youtube-videos,
and also collect all of these things in a more connected and detailed
description in a book
. The things that are possible to publish in scientific
journals will of course also be published there. As time evolves, some of those
publications will for sure also involve scientific studies on the effects of – and
the mechanisms exploited by – yoga and meditation!

Are you excited? I
know that I am!