The shift from a matter-based to an idea-based governing theory constitutes a paradigm shift in logic and understanding. A shift in understanding leads to changes extending far beyond the theory itself. Among others is the stance on what constitutes relevant experiments. (Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure Of Scientific Revolutions)
In today’s material paradigm, consciousness and ideas are viewed as effects of material causes. Experiments involving the manipulation of consciousness and ideas have therefore been of no interest to physics and cosmology / The Great Riddle. But with an idea-based understanding, consciousness and ideas become causes and material phenomena effects. This changes everything. Experimentation with manipulation of consciousness and applied ideas becomes highly significant for cosmology and finding the solution to The Great Riddle.
As individuals with consciousness and intelligence, we are a part of the sublime CONSCIOUSNNESS and INTELLIGENCE that has created the universe. In principle, we can study CAUSE from within.
We can study the fundamental standpoint of intelligence and consciousness itself, we can study the thoughts, intentions, and feelings that are the underlying basis for creation, and we can study the thoughts and feelings that result from creation.
The ideas that surface during this type of experiment become part of the test results. The wording in these ideas needn’t describe reality 100% correctly; it will always be subject to the views and culture characteristic for the person performing the experiments. But it’s the best version an individual with limited understanding can receive from a consciousness with a higher - or complete understanding of reality.
The ultimate goal of all research is to understand reality better. With this type of experiment, better understanding is given broader validity. The CONSCIOUSNESS and INTELLIGENCE that created reality/the universe with joy-maximation as ITS goal, possesses full understanding and fully acknowledges the sublimely JOYFUL result. As we extend ourselves to reach ever higher levels of understanding, more and more of reality will be acknowledged. And simultaneously, more and more of the joy.
What about science’s requirement of objectivity?
In science, assigning weight and significance to experienced idea content and feelings as outlined above is a rare occurrence. At first glance, it seems to breach the old requirement that science must be objective. But referring to objectivity has never been able to rescue a theory from the fact it must first be built on subjective hypotheses. Nor has it ever hindered a theory with no right to live from receiving artificial resuscitation from subjective conviction.
A theory is a collection of assumptions, and assumptions are by their very nature subjective. For instance, a material theory of reality is comprised of a set of assumptions asserting the world has arisen from lifeless elements. The material theory may be right or it may be wrong. But, it is a collection of assumptions, the origins of which are wholy subjective. It might be best to forego the question of objectivity in this particular context and focus on the more important question: What sets science apart?
The only thing that has contributed to the solidity of science throughout the centuries is the requirement that a theory be able to explain reality. If the idea-based candidate is better able to explain reality than its competitors, it doesn’t matter that experienced idea-content and feelings are subjective. Viewed objectively, it is the more solid theory.