In the healthy individual, thought processes are fluid and can adapt to changes in natural (including social) conditions. This is called functional thinking, thinking the way nature functions. The individual’s capacity to think functionally is a reflection of an absence of armor particularly of the ocular segment which includes the eyes and it’s extension into the brain.
The effect of armor is to rigidify biological functions including the function of thought. Instead of adapting thought processes to the way nature functions, armored thinking is used in the service of rationalizing the individual’s preconceived view of the world. Examples of armored thinking in politics are the ideologies of the political Left and the Right. Each of these ideologies is based on specific differences in the distribution of the individual’s armor. In the natural sciences, the mechanistic/mystical form of armored thinking dominates scientific thought. According to the mechanistic view, all of nature operates according to the mechanical laws governing machines. When mechanistic thinking fails to explain, the scientist appeals to mystical ideas, ideas with no factual basis, to complete the explanation. Mechanistic/mystical thinking not only grossly distorts nature but, more importantly, it serves as a powerful defense against any attempt to replace it with a functional view of the natural world. Today, mechanistic thinking in the natural sciences functions is defending itself in the same ferocious manner against functional thinking that mystical Church doctrine was dogmatically employed against natural scientists, “heretics,” in the 16th and 17th centuries.
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