The Pavilion Life Sciences Center
Showcasing Sustainable, Real World Solutions
by Jim Grapek, Pavilion Founder
“[The Science Center should] engage diverse audiences in relevant issues that connect nature, humanity, and technology — and through innovative and meaningful experiences, inspire action that strengthens communities and advances global stewardship.”
~ Dr. Emlyn Koster, Past Director of the Liberty Science Center
An Idea That’s Never Been More Timely
Looking at today’s leading indicators — in health, our air, water, and food supply, species loss, and so on — it is clear that life on earth is in crisis. Man-made pollution, dirty technologies, and chemical effluents, are causing irreparable harm, including the extinction of 27,000 species of life every year. Those which remain, ourselves included, are increasingly unhealthy, diseased and disabled. The Native Americans have a word for this: Koyannisqatsi. It means ‘life out of balance’. Though we can’t yet bring back species from extinction, we can bring light to what’s happening and turn things around.
Visionary CEO’s like Larry Page (Google), Elon Musk (Tesla), and Peter Diamandis (Singularity University), assure us that powerful new technologies and forthcoming innovative solutions will solve these pressing challenges. Certainly it’s possible. Yet, there are a few roadblocks we need to address first. One — which Diamandis has talked about — is that the negative news and fear pumped out by the mass media psychologically cripples our ability to properly take in and assess any helpful information we do encounter. Cynicism, doubt, and distrust, have become the norm rather than the exception. On top of that, the media limits its coverage of needed solutions… and related reflection.
The second roadblock is that our institutionally driven ‘modern science’, as the late poet, playwright, and president of Czechoslovakia, Vaclav Havel so eloquently opined on1, “appears to have exhausted its potential.” Speaking to that, in 2014, several hundred internationally known scientists signed a “Manifesto for a Post-Materialistic Science,” writing that, “while scientific methods based on a materialistic philosophy have been very successful in increasing our understandings and advancing technology, they are now doing equally as much harm.”
Science has been debased into an ideological belief system of “scientific materialism,” or as Ken Wilbur called it, “the religion of Scientism.” Modern science not only denies that there is any other scientific reality than a classical physics-based, matter-only-universe, it actively suppresses and attacks all science to the contrary. Furthermore, as Manifesto point #3 states, “it became so dominant in academia in the 20th century that a majority of scientists started to believe that it was based on established, empirical evidence, and represented the only rational view of the world.” Indeed, it does not.
The emergence of quantum mechanics in the 20th century showed us that atoms and subatomic particles were not really solid at all; and that we lived in a paradoxical universe where everything was both matter and energy at the same time. And as Einstein so astutely noted, it was the invisible energy fields which controlled the matter.
Furthermore, humans were intimately connected to this universe at the most fundamental levels. The Observer Effect showed us that ‘scientist’ and ‘experiment’ cannot be separated; we directly connect with, and influence to varying degrees (depending on our training), whatever we focus our attention on. “Observers in modern physics truly become participants in their observation, whatever that observation might be.” (grc.NASA.gov)
Why is this important or useful? Recent research in psychoneuroimmunology, for instance, has shown that our thoughts and emotions can have a powerful effect on health outcomes — influencing our immune, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems. This is just one of many critical areas that science — medical science in this case — needs to be addressing; with funding and research support. Quite literally, our lives are depending on it.
What kind of solutions are already out there you may not have heard about? How about therapies that can cure cancer, or Alzheimer’s, or AIDS (Patent #5,188,738)? Or ways to change our genes so we don’t have to express diseases our parents had? And were you aware that there is a pretty cool German medical device being used mostly in Europe that can eliminate a nicotine addiction in 90-minutes? It removes the addictive energy pattern from the human bio-field! And there is a new science known as BioGeometry™ that can allow us to irrigate crops with unprocessed, plentiful, sea water. BioGeometry™ can also reduce or eliminate the harmful effects of electromagnetic and nuclear radiation. Impressive? Jaw dropping is more like it.
Other good things happening include a number of future-oriented conferences that are helping to coalesce people and solutions — like Success 3.0, that “brings together dozens of the world’s leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change-agents to articulate a new, transformative vision of conscious living, innovation, and social impact.”
Yet, unless you’re a journalist or in R&D, critical information like this is difficult to find and validate. That’s where the 501c3 Pavilion Life Sciences Center comes in. These 21st century, Jetsons-like, science and innovation centers will bring paradigm shifting knowledge and information to people every day, in the most engaging and inspiring ways possible.
These centers will showcase the latest apps, information, and discoveries, to help people live smarter and better — in health, sustainable living, energy, transportation (think electric vehicles and hovering skateboards), human performance, agriculture, and more.
Today, with thousands of scientists, researchers, engineers, and doctors bringing forward powerful new understandings which are reshaping our scientific paradigm and world view… the time to support them, to share this knowledge, and to implement a balanced, evolutionary path forward for humanity, is now.
As Buckminster Fuller, the brilliant architect, author, systems theorist, and inventor, so aptly wrote, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change things, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” By showcasing the best in holistic (as in a whole systems), life-centered solutions, the Pavilion Life Sciences Center, acting in synergy with its Pavilion counterpart, will accelerate the delivery and implementation of this much needed, post-materialistic science — to manifest healthier people, healthier communities, and a brighter future.
1 From Vaclav Havel’s essay, The Need for Transcendence in the Postmodern World.
“The dizzying development of this science, with its unconditional faith in objective reality and its complete dependency on general and rationally knowable laws, led to the birth of modern technological civilization. It is the first civilization in the history of the human race that spans the entire globe and firmly binds together all human societies, submitting them to a common global destiny. It was this science that enabled man, for the first time, to see Earth from space with his own eyes; that is, to see it as another star in the sky.
At the same time, however, the relationship to the world that the modern science fostered and shaped now appears to have exhausted its potential. It is increasingly clear that, strangely, the relationship is missing something. It fails to connect with the most intrinsic nature of reality and with natural human experience. It is now more of a source of disintegration and doubt than a source of integration and meaning. It produces what amounts to a state of schizophrenia: Man as an observer is becoming completely alienated from himself as a being.”
“…The only real hope of people today is probably a renewal of our certainty that we are rooted in the earth and, at the same time, in the cosmos. This awareness endows us with the capacity for self-transcendence. Politicians at international forums may reiterate a thousand times that the basis of the new world order must be universal respects for human rights, but it will mean nothing as long as this imperative does not derive from the respect of the miracle of Being, the miracle of the universe, the miracle of nature, the miracle of our own existence. Only someone who submits to the authority of the universal order and of creation, who values the right to be a part of it and a participant in it, can genuinely value himself and his neighbors, and thus honor their rights as well.
It logically follows that, in today’s multicultural world, the truly reliable path to coexistence, to peaceful coexistence and creative cooperation, must start from what is at the root of all cultures and what lies infinitely deeper in human hearts and minds than political opinion, convictions, antipathies, or sympathies – it must be rooted in self-transcendence.
…The Declaration of Independence states that the Creator gave man the right to liberty. It seems man can realize that liberty only if he does not forget the One who endowed him with it.”