Coming to the Ultimate: Science and the Ground of Being
At its core, science is interested in discovering what is, how things actually are. In this regard, scientists are delving deeper into the very nature of existence itself, its fundamental basis. At quantum and cosmic scales, they have found strange phenomena that do not match with our everyday experience, such as entanglement and non-locality, instantaneity, superposition, multiverses and so on, all of which put into question the very foundations of our experience. Scientists are also inquiring into the nature of consciousness, with some theorizing a link between this and the essence of existence. This endeavor seeks to capture in scientific terms the nature of existence in order to come to a fundamental understanding of everything.
All this raises a question: Will science ever come to such a fundamental understanding? Or, will it discover no endpoint, delving deeper into existence and the cosmos, in an unending search for the essence of space-time, matter, consciousness, etc? Or will science at some point come to a kind of limit to what it can grasp in scientific terms? And ultimately, what in fact will science actually capture?
Importantly to each of us, is this scientific endeavor a reflection of something moving in us as well, as human beings? Are we also seeking something that we perceive will give us the answers to life, possibly bringing us to our ground of being?
Krishnamurti pointed out that the observer is the observed. Does this have any bearing on what science is observing and seeking in its endeavors to understand actuality? Is it possible that science, and we, tend to look through a conditioned perspective that in turn frames what is seen? Are our perceptions and scientific observations of reality in fact a reflection of a perspective that creates for itself space-time, separate objects (including self) etc as an experience, even as it moves?
In seeking the Ultimate, is science in fact in search for itself, without knowing it? Are its findings actually revealing the hidden assumptions that underlie its very perspective? Is such a revealing an inevitable outcome of scientists’ search for the basis for everything? Might this have something to do with coming to the Ultimate, unexpectedly?
In this program, we will explore these and other questions as they arise, and how all of this relates to our own lives. This exploration is not about presenting or reaching conclusions. It is an invitation for the unexpected revealing of our unconscious assumptions and the actuality of our inner movement, in the moment.