The Armchair Nutritionist

In the course of writing about nutrition it sometimes becomes apparent that the empirical philosophical approach that defines the academic literature is not able to answer many of the finer questions that arise during an individual’s journey of discovery. In fact, further to this it could be said that many of the interesting questions remain unanswered not because they have been overlooked, but because they originate in that place that modern science will not go. Man has an inherent spiritual being, an awareness of existence that we call our consciousness. This consciousness talks to us, guides us, and creates our reality, and yet is completely ignored by mainstream scientific institutions. This ignorance is understandable, because science has no way of measuring, observing or manipulating consciousness, because it has no real idea where it comes from or what it is. Yet consciousness creates all our thoughts and the awareness of what we are. Ironically therefore there can be no science without consciousness.

Many of the great historical thinkers, mixed empirical study and spiritual understanding because they were aware that attempting to analyse data in isolation from the conscious mind becomes a meaningless and futile endeavour. The well known Greek philosophers had this understanding and their great works were the result of interpretation of the observational data from the viewpoint of a conscious human being. Accepting that the self is more than just a physical structure, does not change the data collected from observed phenomena, but does alter the information derived from that data. Modern science has forgotten this practice, perhaps on purpose, and dogmatically tries to convince both itself and others that all questions regarding the Universe can be answered via the collection of observational data. However, data is useless in answering questions. What is needed is information, and this comes from the interpretation of that data. But this can only be completed successfully if consciousness is accepted.

In this regard, it often becomes necessary to discard the overwhelming empirical philosophy of the academic and replace it, or moderate it, with a more intuitive philosophy from a human perspective. Inherently humans know the difference between right and wrong or between good and bad, yet few stop to contemplate why this is so. Why would any physical structure, created from nothing, have an inherent understanding of anything? Indeed the fact that this inherent understanding exists, is perhaps a clue to suggests that if it were explored, it may contain the answers to those difficult questions that we seek. In fact there are many cases in recorded history whereby originators of great works or discoveries claim that they received the information in a dream, while performing other work, or from some unknown place. It is therefore intriguing to ask if we already know the answers to the questions we seek, but have simply forgotten the way to access the location in which they are stored.