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The Scientific Method

… is important. It’s how we ascertain what’s true. At the moment, we have not been able to employ it as robustly as we should. I heard, recently, of a med student whose mode of study was to memorize the names of drugs, matching each to an illness. But the pharmocentric model of medicine will not endure in the years to come.

I’ve spoken with hundreds of people who feel modern medicine completely failed them. So I wanted to say a word in defense of science. As with democracy — and people — just because something is deeply flawed doesn’t mean it isn’t good. Science is never flawed; it is we who may not always be dispassionate in its pursuit. We must be able to rigorously test our ideas — just as we must keep our hearts and minds rigorously open. One is not more important than another; indeed, each requires the other.

There’s a role, in science, for intuition—the development of fresh hypotheses that often sound absurd at first—just as there’s a role for logic. We need both reason and imagination in order to ride the river of time. Reason is the rudder and imagination is the wind.

The New Age will not abolish the Old Age. It will complement and complete it. The New Age will make amends.