I was listening to a psychology podcast today, that I highly recommend. A first nations professor was the guest and he was talking about the experience of indigenous people. It was going good, from my perspective, then he made the argument that indigenous ways of knowing should be included in science curriculum along side western science. He gave the example of Richard Davidson's and others work on studying meditation.
I guess to my mind, what I heard him saying was almost identical to the arguments that creationists use, that intelligent design should be taught along side evolution. Maybe he didn't explain himself well, but the host politely pushed back and he pretty much reinforced the idea. From my perspective I like the idea of listening and respecting these ideas, I think, like with meditation, there can be much wisdom that can be offered. But, imo, the ideas should be treated as hypothesis rather than facts and be subject to clinical trials and the general scientific process, just like meditation has been. I want to be respectful but just accepting and teaching indigenous ideas along side western scientific ideas that have been through the scientific process doesn't seem right to me.
Am I wrong, is there a better way to look at this?