Believing is Seeing

You choose your belief I'd love to be wrong, I really would - but unfortunately this is all there is. That means belief in spirits, other realms, and even escaping the cycle of death and rebirth is all in your head. Their only real reality lies in the psychological impact those notions have upon you…

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The ‘Good Enough’ Principle

I know, that doesn't sound like a very 'formal' philosophical principle, but bear with me. To exist means to stand out (from Latin "ex-" meaning 'out of' and "stare" meaning 'to stand'), and so for a Thing to exist it must be different from all other Things. But how different? Just enough. In fact, any…

Reality is all …

Fill in the blank When referring to the nature of Reality - what it's made of - as soon as someone begins their statement "It's all made of ... " the next word could be anything - gouda, gold, god, tao, apeiron, the force, consciousness, anything. The reason I know this is because I've understood…

On Enlightenment

I hesitate to say I was enlightened, but damn, it sure felt like it. Since that moment nearly six years ago, my worldview hasn't changed that much - I still don't believe in a sentient supreme being, but I now definitely understand why people would feel inclined to call 'it' a god.  Because now I…

What is The Force?

It is the ineffable fact that Things Change. It is the 'force' of a contradiction - something being both 1 and -1, both True and False. It is the 'strife' of Empedocles or 'flux' of Heraclitus.

The Taijitu and Gravitational Waves

The Taijitu: About three days ago I combined the ancient symbol of the taijitu with the modern one we all know as the 'yin and yang symbol' into one single image. I've set it as my desktop wallpaper:   But today, looking at it, I thought of Gravitational Waves... Gravitational Waves In particular, I was…

On the Ethics of Silence

"The Tao that can be named is not the Eternal Tao" "He who knows does not speak; He who speaks does not know." I speak now, because I do not know. I'm wondering aloud. The Taoist philosophy outlines various principles which seem to intermingle and relate intimately to one another. An attitude of humility, for…

Ex Sistere

The etymology of the word "Existence" is described as follows (from Wikipedia): Etymology The word "existence" comes from the Latin word exsistere meaning "to appear", "to arise", "to become", or "to be", but literally, it means "to stand out" (ex- being the Latin prefix for "out" added to the Latin verb stare, meaning "to stand").[6]…