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07/27/2016 12:56 pm ET Updated Jul 26, 2017

The Way Of The Outlier: A Scientific Mystic Or Mystical Scientist?

Based on my theory of biocognition, as navigators of our personal journey we can access science to measure with our senses or with the instruments that serve as extensions of our senses, whereas with mysticism, we can explore the dimension that transcends measurements while providing valuable information for our navigation. One is not more valuable than the other because they both are part of the totality of the cultural agreements that our brain applies to find meaning in our world.

In my view, there are two options to find our time and place in our humanity: mystical scientist or scientific mystic. Anything other than that restricts our perception to reductionist science or fussy New Age. There's a better way if we move from the restrictions of extremes to the middle way of experience.
Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, and Mahatma Gandhi, were scientific mystics because they recruited science to understand their vision. Conversely, Albert Einstein, Max Planck, and Richard Feynman were mystical scientists because they imposed their vision to understand science. The former group was comfortable with the mystery beyond life, and the latter was at peace with the mysteries of life. Both were seekers with insatiable curiosity and conviction to serve humanity.

So, I ask you to search within your personal experiences and sense of purpose, to find which path will serve you best. Both journeys provide answers, but if you disconnect from the hybrid value they provide, you will seldom find peace.

Decide today, and enter the journey that serves you best.