The swing between the subjective and the objective can be seen in the studies of science trends and paradigm shifts. Galileo with his observations was once rejected and told that what he saw was illusion, unless it fit in the the Medieval Theological Framework. B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D. shows that now our scientific based emphasis on objective, third person, mechanistic understanding is creating a huge blind spot. This blind spot is consciousness.
This lack of study of consciousness has led to a rejection of human experience. Following introspective based cognitive research came an era of believing that mental phenomena simply does not exist, that consciousness does not exist because it does not have physical attributes.
Nowadays there is discussion on whether consciousness is found only in the brain. There is no evidence that points one way or the other.
Due to our modern day processes, we are beginning to look at the mind scientists by studying behavior, the output or effect of mental phenomena, and also by studying Neuroscience potentially the cause of mental phenomena. However, many other cultures throughout time have not only studied the mind directly, but institutionalized the seeking of other states of consciousness. The wisdom found in the studies of the mind is profound, and changing the way we think of the human experience. As we continue to develop our understanding of science and the mental realm, we may find the direct observation brings very valuable insights, and people such as Tara Lumpkin Phd. have shown that perceptual diversity may in fact be key for survival. Brain science itself points toward the limits of linear thinking, and the need to transcend abstraction.
We once believed that only those with immortal souls had consciousness. By Descartes and the church we then decided that consciousness was unique to humans, and that no other animals had feelings. Continuing the study of consciousness may lead to an understanding of our place in the ecosystem not only as mechanistic energy converters but as conscious beings, relating with other conscious beings.
This can be key in shifting not only our actions but our motivations and context for behavior.