Q: Do you think there is an effort for a science-fueled neo-Enlightenment/Absolution if you will? It seems that Kantian, non-relativistic philosophies like the categorical imperative were rejected by the nihilistic schools of thought that followed. However, with the West’s obsession with science, dedication science, and science seeming to take the place of religion in some aspects of faith, I think we might be seeing a second coming of absolutes.
A: Science is based on absolutes and the universal, but the more we know about the universe, the more we know that it isn’t as absolute and objective as it seems. Quantum mechanics give rise to the notion that at the fundamental level, God do…es play dice, and that uncertainty and chance and chaos “govern” much of the universe. And we are also learning that the act of observation can have a profound effect upon the observed, and because we are part of the world that we are trying to measure, the subject is always part of the object and vice versa, you can never take the subjective out of the objective. However, the statement that “God does play dice” is in itself a form of a scientific absolute, since it seems like we are now certain that the universe isn’t so full of certainties after all. But it only makes sense that we see a second coming of absolutes, since the progression of science and Mind proceeds in a dialectical fashion. The Kantian universals gave rise to its own objection because it created the nihilistic schools that oppose it, and with the West’s current obsession with science, the nihilistic schools will negate themselves just as the way the Enlightenments and their absolutes were temporally annihilated. But such negation will probably give rise to another paradigm shift…like what we have been seeing right now with the rise of string theories, quantum mechanics, and theories of the multi-universe etc.