Yeah, it’s funny how things digress. I started off responding to that wonderful piece @Eleprocon shared on creating and evolving the new story, with my thoughts on the importance of story in our lives, then on to Interbeing and how I feel we are, in reality, a verb in each other’s lives, in that cause and effect way.
Not sure how it slid into the other, but thanks @justinbrown for bringing it back around.
As for your question on how interbeing might play into science and that scientific method, well, hmmm, there’s a lot to draw from that.
I spent quite a bit of time with a number of scientists at Caltech, so there was much talk about the scientific method and those who adhere to it and those who stray. For the most part, it seems to be basically a means to explore observations and answer questions, much like this forum. However, like all processes, there is never one set way, even though I know it is generally a fairly defined method.
But how one approaches experimentation is no doubt as varied as how one answers questions. Some do it clearly and succinctly, while others ramble around, and some who steer off course. So in that sense, I think there are a lot of parallels between what Thich Nhat calls “interbeing” and the scientific method since cause and effect are at the helm of both.
In science, it is all about gathering evidence, asking questions, and seeing what other insights/information are available that can help to reach the most plausible answer. So a series of steps basically, and within ourselves the same.
When we’re not certain about something we ask questions, check out the insights of others, scan the internet, whatever, but basically go through a process that helps us to reach a logical answer.
Thus that cause and effect, cause as we saw from this thread things can easily and often get modified. The words of one have an impact on another, and ultimately the initial goal, whether to get an answer to a question or a scientific result. Any new thinking or information we add to something has an impact on it. For scientists it might mean having to take a step back and repeat some of the steps or approach it in an entirely new way,
And the same for us in our own lives and thinking. As soon as you read this thread, you went: “Woah, wait, how did it go from this to that? Let’s take a deep breath here and rethink what we’re really trying to accomplish.”
I believe that’s what Thich Nhat calls interbeing. Newton called it the Third Principle and we just call it being human, cause most people tend to modify everything when they don’t get the results/answers they want.
Was that more on track?
Btw…there are universal questions that are inherent to everyone’s existence. "Why am I here? What will happen when I die? Why is the damn internet so slow? In science and in life some questions never change and the answers always sought.