I have been asked about the science of metaphysics many times over the last twenty years. One of the most asked is: What does the subject cover? But right behind that is: Is it about ghosts and spiritual world?
I don’t think it is about ghost and the spiritual world at all. It does have the reputation of looking into subjects that are unknown to other science fields. But, that is why we need metaphysics. It does look into the unknown.
The best description I can give about metaphysics is that it’s the science of finding the right questions to ask about an unknown thing.
Once the right question is found and it makes enough sense to have a logical conclusion, then that question usually becomes it’s own science. At one time, gravity, the atmosphere, the lights in the night sky were all approached from a spiritual angle of questioning. But, once some insight was gained, and many hundreds of years of thinking was accomplished, the right questions began to come into view. Quite literally into view, as with the telescope and the microscope, for instance.
So, is metaphysics finished. Not by a long shot. There is still many unknowns in the world. Such as. what is consciousness? We still haven’t found the right questions to ask about that subject. And there are many, many more questions about our reality that we haven’t yet found the right instruments or tools to get at them in such a way as to form questions.
Is there other dimensions? This question is much about Gravity, because in many ways Gravity is still a very invisible subject to our sciences. Sure, we can see it interaction on our reality and we can quantify the force, but it’s not the whole picture. Much of what we know as the force of gravity is not interacting with the stuff we see. It is leading researchers and physicist to consider the possibility of other dimensions which might explain where the undetectable fraction of gravity is manifesting.
What is a dimension? Where is a dimension? These are the questions that metaphysics think about and work on until a better question is formed that might lead to actual answers.
Another phenomenon, which has yet to have the right questions asked about it, is what happens after we die? From the accounts of many people who have actually died and had what is known as a Near Death Experience, we get have sworn statements and must take them seriously.
So, we search for the right questions. What do people see? What is the tunnel and the bright light at the end of it?
Answers then flood in from the other sciences. DMT from the brain, some say. Jesus and God, some say? It’s just a hallucination, other say. and we can get no further that that because for one we have no way of recording and observing the actual event. And we don’t know the right questions to ask the witnesses.
Sure, we can say what did you see. But, crime scene investigations will show you that many people don’t know what they are looking at most the time. So, we have to find tools and that involves finding the right questions to ask, so that a science — and no one knows which one — can invent a machine or a measuring device that will bring back data and concrete evidence.
So, metaphysics in a nutshell is a science that looks for the best questions to ask.
See, science is easy. Anyone can do it.