What is the Difference between Quantity and Quality?
Quantity measures patterns of order.
Quality reveals patterns of order.
Religion, art, music, and healing deal with quality. Science deals with quantity. Is there any relationship between quality and quantity?
Apparently so. Bruce Klingbeil, co-founder of Spindrift, said:
"Our experience is more than quantity; it's quality, too.... The conventional sciences deal entirely with quantity [measuring things]. The essence of science is to quantify relationships and then express them mathematically. Yet the bulk of our experience is with the quality of our perceptions.
We think that the heart of our findings has been the discovery of a relationship between quality and quantity. If this relationship turns out to be true, it will be something that unifies our experience.... Coherence, religion, spirituality, art, and music give our human experience quality."
The qualitative question
The Klingbeils asked, "Will the qualitative distinctions made by Spindrift land in the public's imagination?" The answer depends on the public's curiosity, but the distinctions made by science, religion, spirituality, art, and metaphysics should provide some clues. These areas of the imagination, especially religion, provide distinctions that tell unlike things from one another. The results from distinctions are the qualitative expressions of harmony and healing that become clearer to recognize in our human experiences.
Psychology tells us that human beings tend to desire life to get better. Spindrift hopes that the attraction to desire better quality distinctions in life should gradually win the day.
Qualitative thoughts encourage more Quality.
Bruce and John said several variations of the following sentence. "Science is looking for patterns of order in the universe. So is qualitative research looking for patterns of order."
The Klingbeils also said, in essence, "Follow your intuitions about Quality and something will change for the better."
When human beings better understand how Quality affects healing, architecture, the arts and athletics they should discover patterns that express Quality in quantifiable terms.
Mary Baker Eddy often asked her students to perceive and investigate the qualitative and quantitative connections going on in "Science, Theology, and Medicine." This four minute video explores those connections through the quality of wonder.