IAC California recently held the Zoo- & Phyto-Consciousness course by instructor Nelson Abreu, about the biological and psychical evolution of pre-humans.
One of the participants from IAC London who participated online sent in a fascinating comment below. If you missed the courses in Miami or Los Angeles, stay tuned for an opportunity to watch online or attend in Los Angeles, on July 14, 7 PM L.A. time or July 15, 11 AM Sydney time.
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"I got an email about animal consciousnesses from you guys, which was interesting because i had an experience where an animal spirit came into my flat and i could feel it's fear and it showed me a morpho-thosene of a muddy hill. It felt like a cat. How can it be demonstrated that these experiences are real and not hallucinations? Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawkins are creating a lot of doubt."
Sensing an extraphysical animal consciousness (animal "spirit" or "ghost" in popular terms) is relatively common. Pets sometimes visit their former human keepers, after they go through physical death, for example. It is also interesting that we can interact with them directly while we are projected (having an "out-of-body experience"). Certainly, while relatively common, these experiences are difficult to replicate using conventional scientific methodology and they are well outside the boundaries of the Cartesian-Newtonian paradigm.
It is normal for scientists and thinkers, however intelligent, to fail to recognize the limitations of their own paradigm, as they often lack significant experiences that could show them how these experiences could be possible. Even some who have had experiences, such as the genius physicist Richard Feymann, have dismissed them as fascinating, vivid hallucinations, since there is "no way" they could be possible. This circular logic is part of the tendency for paradigms to "stick," and for new ones to take time to be accepted. At one point, the theory of plate tectonics was ridiculed; today, those who are questioning this theory are themselves marginalized.
It is particularly challenging for multidimensional phenomena, since these are phenomena that cannot be posited. As such, most scientists follow a positivist philosophy, whereby anything that cannot be adequately measured or sensed with physical senses or technology is not ammenable to scientific inquiry. It would take a large number of scientists who are trained to have their own multidimensional experiences to accept them as means to study what is beyond the physical. Because they cannot experience it, they have no reason to even consider their existence as this understandably strikes them as a throw-back to religiosity and mysticism.
How many scientists are truly open-minded and willing to challenge three centuries of materialistic science, face the possibility that they have been wrong about so much and the specter of ridicule of their peers? For those few out there, we are available to train them. In the end, the lythmus test of scientificity versus "scientism," is the ability to say "I don't know" and more so "I was wrong."
Thanks again for writing to us and keep questioning, keep exploring!