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Naturalism is the understanding that there is a single, natural world as shown by science, and that we are completely included in it. - Thomas W Clark
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Quantum physics! "You cannot observe something without changing it." (Right?? Or am I getting mixed up here?) And I've always liked the scientific method. I've always liked science. I just sometimes don't always get "into" it or what have you, because sometimes I get bored with it, and then I feel bad because once you get past the cut and dry stuff, science is so fascinating!
And yes, getting our own needs met is a good thing. We need to care for ourselves in order to/before we care for others.
I watched the Naturalism video above. So, we really don't have an immaterial soul?? It seems so strange to me because I've been told my whole life I have one...but it makes sense that we are completely and totally natural human creatures experiencing life in a natural, continuously growing and dying world. But..it's so WEIRD! What is consciousness then? How is it that we have an awareness of ourselves and the world around us and most animals don't? is it because of our "higher" brain functions?
Also (sorry, long post lol), I read once "All matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves." (If you know where that's from, kudos to you ;) ) What do you think? Or anyone else for that matter.
Reality is totally altered by out perception - that is why we use the scientific method in order to verify our theories. Well-being is important to most life on earth - in terms of getting our needs met and I think should be put first. Science and understanding reality can assist us in gaining greater well-being in our lives. :)
Alice-- I am interested in what is true about reality. I sometimes think that ones reality is altered by our perception, but not so drastically (like what the New Agers say). I also want to pursue a sense of well-being because I want to feel good about others and myself, because that's healthy (lol).
Tabitha - are you interested in what is true about reality? Or do you just wish to pursue a sense of well-being regardless of what is true about reality? The answers to these questions effects a persons worldview. :)
Aaand I'm back! hahaha sorry it's been so long since I've commented on anything. I have a tendency to go back and forth between being a strong atheist and being pagan....paganism has always had a strong pull for me, but then I discovered pantheism. I love it! It describes what I love about nature in a philosophical, idealistic way and it's even logical! Also, humanism has caught my eye, and I like that too. So what have I missed these past several months (lol)?
Gee, this probably is not the correct place to post this, but I find it so intriguing, and relate to knowing there is an explanation that makes sense. so her goes:
Nature Blows My Mind! The Strange Snow Formations Called Penitentes
Is this the work of magic? No! of course not, it is the work of natural forces, "peaks, where mass loss is only due to sublimation, will remain, as well as the steep walls, which intercept only a minimum of solar radiation. In the troughs, the ablation is enhanced, leading to a downward growth of penitentes."
There! That is what happens.
More explanation in the article.
i keep living for the chance that someday life will be discovered elsewhere.
Who said everything is relative?
“Everything is relative in this world, where change alone endures.” ― Leon Trotsky
LOL - you mean like having an ant farm? :)The thing is that space is so inhospitable and we are perfectly evolved to live on earth - I really lack confidence that we can last very long elsewhere - all depends on the technology. I also think that most aliens are smaller than bacteria - it takes a certain type of place to produce large complex life like we have here.And things do end in the end - in a very long time - 1 with 99 zeros - which is an unimaginable amount of time - the entire universe will die a heat death - which means that all the energy will be used up and everything will simply stop moving - and therefore time will cease to exist - because time is relative to movement.
I really like this. I like how I can get up and look around, knowing that in this amazingly beautiful universe, and how we are so small--not only are we made of stardust, but we are just a little speck. For all we know we could be some alien creatures project!
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