Interesting point Nico..
Still confined by what we can sense and articulate, science seems like a universe of its own, always expanding and forever explored.
I agree that using "good science" in a forthright manner should be a part of druid lore in "today’s" druidism.
Thanks Merlyn, I think you highlight an important potential of this forum. Despite the individual nature of personal experience (fuzzy or otherwise); I believe many on the forum know the power of such. Power experienced and wielded by one alone, but power none the less. Science may dismiss "fuzzy individual power" as not relevant to any particular field of study. Just so, classic physics dismisses friction. Everyone knows friction exists, but mechanics gets to useful science by ignoring friction "as a first approximation". Science can also say yes the fuzzy individual power" is not only relevant to my field of study; its *is* my field of study. There are academically creditable pockets looking in that direction. Not many, but some. Its a high risk endeavor, requiring a lot of work with little hope for rapid return; and no well defined process path to follow.
I think you highlight an important next step when you suggest "...sense and *articulate*..." We must carefully and thoroughly articulate the fullness of " fuzzy individual power" if we are to study it. Certainly not all who experience and use want to such study. Some, quite properly, experience and use it to good value with neither question nor need to know. Nor are there many who can "self-study" and "articulate" *during* the experience of "fuzzy individual power". For me at least, attempting such interrupts the "flow" and detracts from or disrupts the "fuzzy individual power". (Which btw may be an an important factual articulation in its own right. Do others find it difficult, distracting, detrimental, to "self observe" or "articulate" during the actual individual experience of "fuzzy individual power"?)
An important step in developing a scientific approach to understanding "fuzzy individual power" is *articulating* it. We must first define (or identify?) a field of study that includes "fuzzy individual power" rather than excludes it. Ok, we can do that. Our field of study not only includes the importance of "fuzzy individual power" as in important factor of study; it focuses primarily on "fuzzy individual power". Anyone got a name for our new science? (on naming, pls see my recent post on the "renaming" board in the roundhouse)
A next step is articulating both (1) the boundaries of our field of study (of course subject to change); and (2) cases that are and are not within the bounds of the area of study. This is where our science can get personal and hostile. We cant study anything without critical and careful articulation. A geologist can't get far simply studying rocks (or "hard stuff under foot"). The geologist must distinguish between granite and sandstone and slate; between hardness and crystal structure and strike; between all kinds of various identifying features. A geologist must also begin to classify that this rock is good for carving, this good for building, this good for burning, this good for jewelry, this good for smelting, this good for nothing (that I know of at the moment, but I will keep it in mind for latter.)
As best current culture accepts, rocks care not how humans classify and use them. (Many here may know otherwise, but that is another post.) People, we may assume are not rocks. People, druid or otherwise, may be more sensitive to classification than rocks. Or at least more willing and able to communicate the impacts of classification than rocks.
In studying "fuzzy individual power" we most have both (1) a process protocol enabling thorough articulation without judgement; and (2) individuals experiencing "fuzzy individual power" that are personally "secure" enough to place their experiential selves "under the microscope" knowing that it will result in careful articulation, examination and classification; but not judgement. To say this rock is good for jewelry, this for tools and this for nothing, is to distinguish; not to judge. All are perfectly fine rocks. To say that any particular individual experience of "fuzzy individual power" meets the requirements for inclusion in a particular study at a particular time neither validates nor invalidates; neither marks any individual experience as true nor untrue; let alone establishes or comments on the worth of the experience to the individual, nor on the very selfness of the individual.
Merlyn, You are right. To study, science must articulate. That may be no easy task. There also may be no better time and place than now, the Druid's Head to begin learning how to do that. And doing it.
Once begun, articulation itself will likely suggest further theoretical and experimental steps. Without articulation further science stumbles blind, as likely to find a cliff as a sanctuary.
With or without articulation and science "fuzzy individual power" continues its useful and valid flow impacting impacting, guiding individual lives. As druids, is it enough to know this use it and hold it secret? Or teach it? I think we must teach, because I think rocks and trees and most of Earth's kin are already screaming at us. Too few hear. We who do hear hear too little; understand too little. If to teach, we may need to know both the experience, the validity of the experience and the science.
Being a druid can be tough; needing three legs to stand secure, rather than just one (tree) or two (normal folk).
Thanks for your time.