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THE SCIENTIFIC WORLDVIEW: Beyond Newton and Einstein

Written By

Glenn Borchardt


The Scientific Worldview‚ presents a balanced theoretical perspective that has profound implications for the social as well as the physical sciences. Borchardt outlines the philosophical alternatives and selects those necessary for consistent scientific thinking.

The balanced outlook requires beginning assumptions alien to classical mechanism and modern systems philosophy:

o All effects have an infinite number of causes

o The universe is infinite both in the microscopic and macroscopic directions

o All decreases in order in one portion of the universe result in equivalent increases in order in another portion.

The central concept of the resulting philosophical system is univironmental determinism‚ a new, universal, mechanism of evolution founded on the simple proposition that whatever happens to a thing is a result of the infinite variety of matter in motion within and without.

Borchardt criticizes the 20th Century "scientific world view," systems philosophy, for overemphasizing systems and neglecting environments. He argues that this biased outlook taints our most fundamental theories about the universe.

For example, gravitation is currently viewed as the result of an "attraction" or "curved space" produced by the system itself. The universe is thought to be expanding into itself. According to Borchardt, Big Bang cosmology, the logical culmination of systems philosophy, must be rejected as anthropocentric. The universe is not a system; it is a univironment.

The univironmental viewpoint yields equally intriguing analyses in personal and social philosophy. In addition to his views on human behavior, consciousness, epistemology, and ethics, Borchardt defends his belief that humanity will not cause its own extinction. He emphasizes the 1989 decrease in the rate of global population increase as having major importance for predicting the inevitable stabilization of population and the decline of rapid economic growth. In brief, The Scientific Worldview‚ provides the first outline of the philosophical perspective that will develop during the last half of the Industrial-Social Revolution.


From the book...

The compromises with indeterminism that scientists have concocted since the turn of the century are getting stale. They are becoming an impediment to progress.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics is a law of departure; its complement is a law of arrival.

Today the scientific world cries out for a universal theory of evolution, but it cannot have one without overtly embracing determinism. When it is finally laid to rest, the theory of the "Big Bang" origin of the universe will be recognized as the most acute embarrassment of 20th century science. We must resist choosing between fatalism and solipsism, between objectivism and subjectivism, between antihumanism and humanism. Progressive philosophy must be consciously univironmental as well as consciously deterministic.

The convergence of social microcosms at first produces conflict, even war and then produces larger, more complicated social microcosms. Assuming uniformitarian symmetry, world population will stabilize at about twice whatever it was at the Inflection Point. This will be approximately 10 billion. We don't need to believe that, with the advent of consciousness, we can now step outside evolution, go under it, rise above it, or stop it.... all our actions are evolutionary. 

From others...

Michael Larsen, Literary Agent, San Francisco

"I was truly stimulated, more than I thought I would be. I felt almost propelled through it. Superb organization."
Jon Richards, Psychologist, San Francisco

"Stimulating, fascinating, irritating and controversial."
Bob High, Mathematician, New York

"A magnificent achievement, but too dense for the general reader and too tendentious for the scientist."
Random House


For thought provoking answers to these and many other important questions, read The Scientific Worldview. Then make up your own mind.


Is there is a connection between the worldview that brought us the Big Bang Theory and the one that now brings us religious wars throughout the world?

What does rapid population growth have to do with rapid economic growth and the Industrial Revolution?

Will the human race cause its own extinction?

Why is extrasensory perception impossible?

Why can't we travel backward in time?

Has the "population bomb" fizzled?

What is consciousness?

What is time?

What really‚ is energy?

What is the mechanism of evolution?

What are the Ten Assumptions of Science?

Could "massless particles" really exist?

Could life originate in a finite universe?

Did the universe explode from a "cosmic egg"?

What really‚ is the cause of gravitation?

In what way is conventional scientific philosophy biased?

Does the galactic redshift really indicate that the universe is expanding?

Does the Second Law of Thermodynamics mean that the universe will eventually succumb to "heat death"?

Why do the conclusions of modern cosmology indicate that something is drastically wrong with our current philosophy of science?

About the Author

Glenn Borchardt has B.S. and M.S. degrees in soil science from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. degree from Oregon State University. He has over 40 years of practical as well as theoretical experience in a wide range of scientific endeavors. Borchardt was one of the first to develop methods to "fingerprint" volcanic ash layers for stratigraphic correlation by using instrumental neutron activation analysis. His "SIMAN" coefficient is used widely for making statistical comparisons involving geochemical similarity analysis. He has produced over 200 scientific reports and publications, including several books and computer programs, as well as chapters on soil smectites and soil dating in major textbooks. His current research involves the use of soil mineralogical and geochemical techniques for studying prehistoric earthquakes.

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