Individual consciousness is an interface between dynamic natural and social environments and unconscious biological and psychological processes. At the interface, external events meet incomprehensible motivations. We learn about current affairs from television and about mental processes through meditation. Many groups in different ways address the problems of self and society, respectively. I happen to think that the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives and the Socialist Workers Party get it right for their respective halves of the total picture. What matters is not that others agree with me - they don't - but that everyone makes their own assessment. Let's not sleep walk into oblivion but try to understand and respond to the problems.
Some Buddhists claim not just theory or doctrine but knowledge of postmortem mental states whereas scientific knowledge of brain states entails that they cause mental states. I accept scientific knowledge but am open to learning about meditative experience.