Let me share with you what transpired here at UPLB last March 21, 2012. Development Communication students set up a panel discussion in their radio program “Do you AGRI?”. The panelists were myself (considered agriculture scientist and promoting Quantum Agriculture), a Physics professor, and two undergraduate students pursuing fields in Agribiotech and Applied Physics. The proceedings may be read here or heard here (contracted version, in mixed language). Students are asking … what is this “Quantum Agriculture” organism that people in campus are talking about? Some gladly receive it, while others seem perplexed, if not disturbed, and a number say that it is “PseudoScience” or not True Science (“suds” or science ?). It is indeed healthy to be skeptical because this attitude can be the beginning of deepening of one’s truth. I tend to be one, too, but can’t resist my inclination toward indigenous practices and knowledge systems. I am always intrigued with the science of “unexplained”, “amazing” or “out-of-the-box” practices and phenomena, especially in agriculture. Only later did I realize that these concepts and practices are labeled “pseudoscience” by some sectors or individuals. I feel confident, however, that the scientific explanations will continue to be revealed. Indeed, science is discovering new things that bring many of those in the list of pseudoscience their due “true science” status. In fact, many practices or concepts have already been taken off the list of Pseudoscience as scientific knowledge grew, and as scientists came to accept them. Thus, what would be more productive now is not to argue who or what is right but to try to understand that there is a more expanded definition of science, that science evolves and has a half-life, that it is not neutral, and that knowledge may be obtained through other processes.
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One who would like to further know about pseudoscience may just search the internet because articles abound there. The internet is also replete with readings to support the validity of many of those considered false science (some references given at the end of this article).
Quantum in Quantum Agriculture
Now, on to the use of “quantum” in quantum in agriculture… I qualified that my quantum version is about those that have a quantum leap effect, or of using super small amounts of matter and of subtle forces. I use quantum to refer to those that are under “non-material science”, or to “Spiritual Science” (i.e., that of Steiner’s Anthroposophy), to science of subtle and formative forces, etc. An interesting foreword on “The Magic of Quantum” by Phyllis Kirk can provide further insights on quantum and the author’s journey into the quantum world (Click here: http://www.themagicofquantum.com/files/foreword.pdf; and here http://www.themagicofquantum.com/book.php). “Quantum Agriculture” could be easily dismissed as pseudoscience because it is a relatively new term, unknown to many, very different, promotes indigenous knowledge systems, and gives support to some practices that are in the list of pseudoscience. The name could also rub physical scientists the wrong way for the free use of the word “quantum” to apply in agriculture (remember that quantification, manifestation, precision, and repeatability are big issues in quantum mechanics and materialist science in general). The history of my advocacy can be gleaned from the radio interview mentioned at the onset. There and elsewhere I always relish the opportunity to speak about or spread news on the new science and on quantum approaches that are holistic and sustainable, because in the academe even Organic Agriculture is...