Proceedings of The Annual Conference of the World Association for Vedic Studies

July 8-10, 2006
In the reductive materialistic paradigm still common in modern science, consciousness is theorized to be an emergent property of quantized parts or bits of matter/energy that somehow randomly bind into a unitary biological organism, which then mysteriously develops causal control over its parts. This fragmented perspective of the whole emerging from combining the parts─a bottom up, matter-mind-consciousness ontology─is backwards and leads to paradoxes it cannot solve, such as the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness; it is characteristic of reasoning and consensual validation based only on experience in the ordinary waking state of consciousness.
Practically the entire empirical enterprise of modern science is a product of ordinary waking state experiences. There is virtually no recognition of this state-dependent limitation of modern science and how it results in fragmented knowledge and experience of nature. On the other hand, one only need investigate the holistic approach of Vedic science─the ultimate unity of nature in Vedanta and the sequential emergence of levels of nature within the ultimate unity in Sankhya─for a clear articulation of how the parts emerge from the whole. This top down, consciousness-mind-matter ontology is consistent with the fundamentally unified perspective in unified field theory, spontaneous symmetry breaking, quantum decoherence, the ‘arrow of time,’ and the 2nd law of thermodynamics.
The application of holistic Vedic science in Yoga provides systematic means to develop a completely unified experience of nature. This unified field-based Vedic perspective has profound implications for understanding universal order in nature, and for systematic technologies to fulfill the theme of this conference of global harmony and peace.
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