This is a selection from my latest book, Spiritual Science, which is my life’s work and all of my scholarship wrapped up like a challah loaf. I’m posting draft chapters here if you’re curious!
Note: the below reading recommendations are among some of the most insightful works I have ever read, and relate in some important way to their corresponding step in the scientific method I have outlined below. You will also note that my definition of the steps is slightly different, and in my opinion, much more robust. Enjoy!
If you ask a scientist what the best thing about science is, and their answer is anything other than the scientific method, that answer had better be uniquely insightful and thought-provoking. Indeed, the rigorous kinds of examination developed by Western civilization and its influences have facilitated a slow grind towards truth, which in turn have afforded us many modern luxuries, unbelievable creative capacities, and a genuine chance at achieving technological utopia.
The scientific method can be summarized as follows:
- You are humble enough to be unsure about something and willing to investigate it
- You establish what is currently known about the topic
- You develop a hypothesis about what might be true
- You design an experiment to test your hypothesis fairly, rigorously, and creatively
- You execute the experiment and collect your data
- You impartially and honestly examine the data to draw conclusions
- You share your results with others for review and replication
 Peterson, J.B., “Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief” (Goodreads)  Peterson, J.B., “Graduate Student Success Manual” (Imgur)  Kelly, K., “The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future” (Goodreads)  Alone, “The Difference Between An Amateur, A Scientist, And A Genius” (thelastpsychiatrist.com)  Lindstrom, M., “Small Data: The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends” (Goodreads)  Descartes, R., “Discourse on the Method” (Goodreads)  Wilson, E.O., “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge” (Goodreads)