So there’s been a lot of Pseudo-science-this, hard-science-that flying around my feed for the last month, whether it’s the VACCINES AND AUTISM debate, THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING, or WHOLE FOODS and their products that range from those with benefits that are scientifically unfounded (probiotics) to the down-right-dubious (Colloidal Silver), or the ever present GMO debate and lastly and probably my personal favorite, THE DNA EVIDENCE OF THE ALIEN SKULLS OF PARACAS, PERU! I realized that I was an overlap for two ideologically distinct communities (and I made this sociological observation based on how people responded to these articles in the comments section) I broke these two communities down into:
A) those who who base their belief systems/world views on science and measurable/quantifiable facts.
B) those’s who base their belief systems on faith in possibilities that cannot be measured scientifically and may never be.
I’ve always held the belief that science is a lens by which we view the universe, but certainly it isn’t our only lens. Humanity explores the universe through a myriad of belief systems, faiths, dogmas, and personal/anecdotal experiences, some of these things can’t be scientifically quantified and vary by individual. So this prompted me to do a little experiment on myself. I took several tests that measure what side of the brian is dominant. I got an average of 44/56 split with right brain dominance, BUT that wasn’t the most interesting thing…I took the tests again and depending on the day (and what I was doing during that day), my results fluctuated to nearly 50/50 and sometimes, Left brain would pull ahead of Right brain in the numbers. This has clarified something I’ve suspected since childhood, that the two sides of my personality are fighting for dominance, the prickly analytical/scientific one that reads Diamond, Dawkins and Gould and loves a good debate, then there’s the compassionate, creative dreamer that reads Comparative Myths and YA romance novels and is exceedingly (and inexplicably) superstitious, looks for metaphysical answers to moral quandaries through art, travel, myth and song (and sometimes clog dancing).
It’s amazing what your friends can teach you about yourself.