Patrick Amoroso, December 22, 2019
Astronomers oftentimes when viewing the cosmos during a clear and ink-black night reflect on the intuitive sense of wonder as one’s conscious effort to understand the ‘sublime’ aspect of this very unique and encompassing science. This perspective of the starry grandeur in all its magnificence is contrasted to that which can be understood in the scientific reductionist paradigm so characteristic of modern day knowledge. The ‘Ah ah‘ moments of human insight are rare and have been diminishing due to an accelerated and deliberate undertaking to move away from that which is eternal in the metaphysical sense and to concentrate on the empirical or scientifically-proven epistemology. Now, a reasonable and honest discussion of such a topic should invite a blending of both science and metaphysics as the ancient philosophers certainly understood and who handed us a legacy of rational dissertations to draw upon when engaged in such thought provoking concentration.
The study of astronomy is unique by its shear undertaking of attempting to make sense of such awe-inspiring observations in addition to providing an answer to the fundamental question of just how did all this come about. This divergence is the impasse which conjures up the dilemma of the sublime or what one might refer to as the concept: ‘Just Me and the Universe’. Humans intuitively know that they are quite insignificant when compared to the structure and size of the universe but at the same time look to the ultimate source of its creation and or beginning. It is here where we are faced with the sublime or whatever that means to one’s understanding of their place in the grand scheme of things.
Alas, we have come to the crux of the issue! The current trends in science are increasingly and without reservation relying on the empirical or what can be proven in the laboratory as scientific truth. The Newtonian – Descartes linear world of cause and effect (also known as Cartesianism) has kept a tight grasp on scientific knowledge for the last 350 years.