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“In speaking of the “savage” or “primitive mind”, we are, of course, using a very clumsy expression. We shall employ the term, nevertheless, to indicate the characteristics of the human mind when there was as yet no writing, no organized industry or mechanical arts, no money, no important specialization of function except between the sexes, no settled life in large communities.” — James Harvey Robinson, Mind in the Making, Chapter 7: Our Savage Mind
We’ve come a long way from what Robinson calls Our Savage Mind. Gone are the days of having nothing but our impressions of this world to interpret through. Over time and with great struggle, we’ve developed tools and methods of experimentation that give us deeper, more detailed insight into our world and one another.
Despite the slowly-dying cultural meme that “Science” is cold methodology that detaches people from their sense of humanity, turning them into academic robots of some sort, there is no method nor ideology on the planet that has shed more light onto how human beings are so deeply connected with this world and all of life on it.
“You don’t see the plug connected to the environment, so it looks like we’re free, wandering around… But take the oxygen away, we all die immediately. Take plant life away, we die, and without the sun, all the plants die, so we are connected.” — Jacque Fresco
Nor is there any such method for allowing us an intimate, detailed awareness of the growth, interactions of and bonds between species. Not only that, but it was this method in its most primitive form, coupled with human creativity, that enabled us not only to come together and form the basis for an organised, civilised world, but also to overcome outdated, oppressive superstitions about behaviour and health.
To describe this method simply: it is the process of observation, asking questions and seeking answers through testing, then applying the feedback. It’s no longer about what sounds right to us, nor about what works to control others, but it’s about what nature tells us works and what doesn’t.
To put it another way: the Scientific Method is about discovering what we can with the tools and…