One question that arises periodically from critics and skeptics alike is whether or not deliberately influencing your material reality, or life experiences, is a pseudoscience. Is this concept real?
Can it be verified by science?
What Can Science Verify?
Responding to skepticism about the law of attraction first requires an understanding of what it means to actually prove something and how that is done. You’re probably readily aware that there are many things we accept as facts that we can, literally, never actually prove:
- We cannot prove that our brains are capable of understanding or knowing what reality is.
- We cannot prove that language is capable of conveying adequate meaning.
- We cannot prove that numbers exist.
- We cannot prove that any scientific facts have been present in the past or that they will be present in the future.
- We cannot prove that any scientific fact is uniform across the rest of the universe.
- We cannot prove that reality is rational and knowable.
- We cannot prove that we inhabit one small section of a much larger, vast universe.
Those Things Can’t Be Proven?
Now you may say, “Greg, don’t give me that bunch of silly examples; we ‘know’ those things are true. They are real.” I agree, but that still does not negate the fact that they truly cannot be proven.
Science can only do two things, after all: observe and measure. Science observes what can be observed and measures what can be measured.
The Law of Attraction is Proven in the Only Way That Truly Matters
The test of whether we’ll call science “proven” or “true” is when those measurements are put to use to see if they work. If the field-level applications of those measurements prove them to be useful and valuable, if they work when applied, then we say the measurements are true.
The source of the measurements being put to our litmus test of their usefulness and value – not the value and usefulness of the measurements, themselves – is often what skeptics are responding to when they throw around terms like “pseudoscience.”
But we only see that after the fact, which is why you’ll often hear that new ideas actually don’t triumph by winning over their critics. New ideas eventually triumph because their critics finally all die.