mike - Just in case you're not aware of it, you're delivering a "Turn on, tune in, drop out" message in what is supposed to be a science forum. Nothing wrong with you experiencing things with whatever approach you find the most enjoyable, be it "holistic" or whatever -- but if you want to discuss it here, you should be willing to try to apply a bit of reductionism to what you are talking about.
There's no reason that the brain's pattern recognition can't be investigated by scientists. I know I said that ultimately listening must be employed to determine accuracy, but I should clarify that by saying that listening means using the brain's pattern recognition. What is observed by listening can be investigated. But there is another side to what I am saying, which is that using science to investigate audio has its limitations. To the extent I discuss the limitations of science, I'm still talking about sound science. I'm presenting a challenge to it. Seems to me it belongs on this forum.