David Nortman | Homeopathy’s Contribution to the Advancement of Consilience
History has shown that the impetus for scientific progress can be traced to people’s desire to allay their existential and material concerns through technological innovation. The main challenge faced by parapsychology and related disciplines is that the observed effects are subtle and stochastic, which stands in the way of making their findings technologically useful and creates as an obstacle to their acceptance. Homeopathy is a healing method that has practical import while sharing a theoretical foundation with these disciplines.
Homeopathy is based on the principle that each of the manifold substances in the universe possesses a distinct energetic signature. It is a medicine of consciousness that relies primarily on the experience and meaning of the patient’s suffering rather than on the disease’s material manifestations. Homeopathy’s foundational principle, the ‘law of similars’, posits that energetic resonance between disease states and substances of animate, inanimate, or non-material (radiative) origin tends to produce curative effects in living organisms, improving the organism’s overall state of being rather than isolated symptoms; in spiritually-oriented individuals it also catalyzes accelerated spiritual evolution.
Homeopathy is a scientifically testable (and tested) technology that, like parapsychology and related disciplines, is in search of a new paradigm to make its findings explicable on their own terms and relatable to materialist science. It cannot be interpreted within an atomistic framework but must be considered in the context of a field theory such as morphic field theory. Homeopathy thus provides explicit evidence for the interconnectedness of all of life and matter, lending direct empirical support to the premise of extended consciousness in general and to strong panpsychism in particular.
The ultramolecular dilutions used in homeopathy, which have been subject to increasing scientific scrutiny in recent years, offer an additional avenue for exploring consilience with other disciplines, since a given homeopathic remedy can be said to contain the immaterial essence of the substance from which it is derived through repeated dilution and vigorous shaking. This transition from matter to spirit is intriguing empirically – suggesting that a common physical mechanism underlies both the physical and energetic realms – and philosophically – demonstrating the possibility of transitioning between the Kantian sensible and intelligible realms and thereby coming to know things-in-themselves.
Bio: David Nortman, Hon.B.A., M.A., N.D. is a naturopathic doctor and specialist in homeopathic medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and Tel-Aviv University, where he obtained his Master’s degree in philosophy. He is currently writing a textbook on homeopathy and philosophy of science.
Recorded at the Society for Scientific Exploration Conference in Broomfield, Colorado 2019.
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Published on November 22, 2019