What is often wrongly understood about occult

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Occult knowledge is a taboo in scientific domain, having disreputable association with knowledge of Supernatural (unreal). But it is hardly realized by the majority that much of scientific knowledge is also occult knowledge even if it strictly pertains to nature and its phenomena. Therefore, the desired course of action is to evolve mental faculty to differentiate occult knowledge about natural phenomena from occult knowledge about supernatural (unreal) phenomena rather than wrongly rejecting any piece of knowledge by labeling it as ‘occult’.
Author: Dr Mahesh C. Jain is a practicing medical doctor and has written the book “Encounter of Science with Philosophy – A synthetic view”. The book begins with first chapter devoted to scientifically valid concept of God and then explains cosmic phenomena right from origin of nature and universe up to origin of life and evolution of man. The book includes several chapters devoted to auxiliary concepts and social sciences as corollaries to the concept of God. This is the only book which deals with origin of nature and universe from null or Zero or nothing. Second chapter of the book is about ‘Truth’. I have used excerpts from Wikipedia for writing this article.
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What is often wrongly understood about occult

  1. 1. What Is Often Wrongly Understood About Occult?Summary: Occult knowledge is a taboo in scientific domain, having disreputableassociation with knowledge of Supernatural (unreal). But it is hardly realized bythe majority that much of scientific knowledge is also occult knowledge even if itstrictly pertains to nature and its phenomena. Therefore, the desired course ofaction is to evolve mental faculty to differentiate occult knowledge about naturalphenomena from occult knowledge about supernatural (unreal) phenomenarather than wrongly rejecting any piece of knowledge by labeling it as ‘occult’.The word occult comes from the Latin word occultus (clandestine, hidden, secret),referring to "knowledge of the hidden". The terms esoteric and arcane can have avery similar meaning, and the three terms are often interchangeable. The wordhas many uses in the English language, popularly meaning "knowledge of theparanormal", as opposed to "knowledge of the measurable", usually referred toas science. By the eighteenth century unorthodox religious, scientific andphilosophical concerns were well defined as occult, inasmuch as they lay on theoutermost fringe of accepted forms of knowledge and discourse." This positionholds good even today.In accordance with literal meaning of the word ‘occult’, all knowledge that is notamenable to direct sensory perception is classifiable as ‘occult’. But by thisyardstick the word ‘occult’ has wide connotations. It embraces not onlyknowledge of the ‘supernatural’ or unreal but also knowledge of the ‘natural’provided it is not amenable to direct sensory perception. Therefore it embracesnot only direct or perceivable truth about natural phenomena but also indirect ornon-perceivable truth about natural phenomena and truth about naturalphenomena perceivable only with the help of instruments.Each and every thing and event in nature has indirect truth or occult associatedwith it. Gross description of natural things and events is often insufficient. Almostnothing can be completely known by mere gross narration and description. Quiteoften, it is the hidden knowledge that carries much greater significance than theknowledge gained by direct sensory perception.In information technology, back end of each and every web page carries muchmore significance than the front end. So, undoubtedly front end is significant but
  2. 2. it is the back end that is vital. Similarly invisible Meta tags and Meta descriptionsare vital to the purpose of a web page. But all this hidden knowledge that is vitalto functioning of IT based products is nothing but ‘occult’.Likewise, in the domain of natural sciences, all the knowledge that can beperceived only with help of instruments and all the theoretical knowledge aboutscientific principles and scientific theories is nothing but ‘occult’ knowledge.Therefore it is not surprising that in the Middle Ages, magnetism was sometimescalled an occult quality. Newton was even accused of introducing occult agenciesinto natural science when he postulated gravity as a force capable of acting overvast distances. Newtons contemporaries severely critiqued his theory that gravitywas affected through "action at a distance" as occult. Likewise, in thecontemporary world, scientific theories such as Big Bang theory, String Theory, M-Theory, Darwinism are nothing but examples of ‘occult’ scientific theories.Keeping all above in view, it is clear that in pursuit of knowledge, dealing with‘occult’ or hidden knowledge is inevitable.The real cause of concern is the ease with which knowledge of ‘supernatural’creeps into knowledge of ‘natural’ which leads us astray into a universe which isjust not there. Such knowledge is of no use except for the purpose of writingscience fiction, for example, time machine etc. Such knowledge only builds castlesin air. Therefore scientific community must strictly guard against polluting ofscientific knowledge by knowledge of supernatural.Hence, over the past few centuries definition of Science has evolved fromknowledge of measurable to the definition given below:- “Science is comprehensive, consistent, coherent natural explanation of natural phenomena”Therefore, in pursuit of scientific knowledge, conducting isolated experiments anddrawing mathematically-logically perfect conclusions is not enough. Theseconclusions have to be comprehensive and consistent with rest of scientificknowledge. Therefore conclusions drawn have to meet tests of ‘rationality’ and‘plausibility’ in order to be scientifically valid. This is the only way to preventcreeping of knowledge of supernatural into science so that in due course of timescience does not develop a mythology of its own.
  3. 3. Summing up, it must be appreciated that ‘occult’ is unavoidable in scientificdomain but it is valid only so long as it is consistent with natural phenomena,directly or collaterally.Author: Dr Mahesh C. Jain is a practicing medical doctor and has written thebook “Encounter of Science with Philosophy – A synthetic view”. The book beginswith first chapter devoted to scientifically valid concept of God and then explainscosmic phenomena right from origin of nature and universe up to origin of lifeand evolution of man. The book includes several chapters devoted to auxiliaryconcepts and social sciences as corollaries to the concept of God. This is the onlybook which deals with origin of nature and universe from null or Zero or nothing.Second chapter of the book is about ‘Truth’. I have used excerpts from Wikipediafor writing this article.http://www.sciencengod.comhttp://www.sciencengod.com/clipboard.htm

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