“We should never wait for science to give us permission to do the uncommon; if we do, then we are turning science into another religion. We should be brave enough to contemplate our lives, do what we thought was “outside the box,” and do it repeatedly. When we do that, we are on our way to a greater level of personal power.”
~ Joe Dispenza, Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself
Many of the writers I adore go heavy on the statistical evidence. Malcolm Gladwell and Daniel Pink come to mind. They weave entire books around cutting edge data drawn from the social sciences.
And they’re spell-binding — why ideas spread through a culture like viruses (Gladwell, The Tipping Point), or why right-brainers will rule the world (Pink, A Whole New Mind).
For books like those you crave the evidence as a backdrop to the Big Idea being presented.
And yet, in an era of ten million studies, it is easy to allow the scientific understanding of the day to trump our own inclinations.
Yes, look to the science, look to the studies, learn from what is known. But don’t let it stop you from the unknown. There has never been an era in history whose understanding of the world was complete . . . what are the odds that our era is the final word?
That’s why I side with those who dare. That’s why I believe those who say we are so much more than we appear to be. Because that is what history has shown us — our definition of ourselves keeps expanding. There is more, there is more, there is more. That has ever been true.