A new scientific paradigm that integrates modern phenomenology with the social, biological, and physical sciences
Peace is elusive in our world today
Peace is attainable with enough effort and determination. The key to finding peace is by developing greater levels of education, understanding, awareness, and reason across all aspects of life
But conflict is not inevitable
This is true on many levels – including on the local scale all the way to the global scale and within our own lives as well
Our Inner and Outer Worlds
We all have an outer world –
our social world, in which we interact with each other
And we also have an inner world –
our conscious world, where our thoughts, feelings, needs, and desires originate
Our inner and outer worlds may seem disconnected from each other
But maybe there could be a way to integrate these worlds through innovations in science and communication
Such innovations, once fully developed, should allow us to promote greater societal understanding and inner awareness, which should then lead to greater peace
We can begin to consider how science can be expanded to apply to studying first-person conscious experience. For this we will look to phenomenology, which is a disciplined approach to examining our direct, first-person experience. This discipline can help us better understand our own lives and can also help us get a window into the inner worlds of other people.
Phenomenology needs to be central to the quest to avoid conflict and to work toward peace because it already has a proven track record in small-scale conflict resolution, wherein the participants are encouraged to frame the problem at hand in a way that is primarily based around the perceptions and feelings of each individual in the relationship.
This approach shows promise, but a methodology needs to be formulated that integrates phenomenology with the other sciences so that it can be applied to a larger society-wide scale
The historical record shows that all forms of science were indeed the product of innovation. There have been many changes and adaptations over the course of the development of modern science, which we can call paradigm shifts.
Perhaps the solution to our problem is that we need a new paradigm shift that would produce a science that could integrate the objective physical, biological, psychological, and social sciences with phenomenology
Phenomenology will be our guide to increasing inner awareness and societal understanding.
We will develop a more modern phenomenology that will be used in conjunction with contemporary physical, biological, and social sciences.
This methodology will be used to address personal inner conflicts and also large-scale societal conflicts. We intend to use this methodology to work toward greater peace.