Shūnyam is not against Science. It is its natural consummation. As Schrodinger lamented: ‘Science must be made anew’.
The ‘Scientific Stance’ is the stance of ‘Seeing Straight’, of not denying what is in front of your eyes in skimpy deflection and obstinate argument. It is a refusal to blink, wink and look-away.
But if the self-scuttling is incomplete, we create the modern ‘Objective Scientist’. Analytic and observation methods, cut loose from the monastic disciplines that were a requirement in the first houses of Learning, ignorant of the simplest Meditative and Mindfulness Practices, severs the observer from that which is observed.
Investigating the self-referential loop is effectively barred. An elaborate and intricately layered reality is built which at its core is absurd.
Instead of standing on ‘True Nothing’ and becoming ‘Subdued to the material at hand’, the modern Scientist sits on a mountain of venerated paradigms, inherited conventions, embedded preferences and unspoken presumptions.
The way out is well-mapped. The Observer must be investigated first before inquiry on the Observed. The lens must turn inwards.