Natural-born existentialists

Children play on Omaha beach in Normandy, France, 1947. Photo by David Seymour/Magnum Photos Ethics cannot be based on human nature because, as evolutionary biology tells us, there is no such thing by Ronnie de Sousa is professor emeritus in philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Love: A Very Short Introduction (2015) and Why Think? Evolution and the Rational Mind(2007). Nature, Mr Allnut, is what we were put in the world to rise above. Katherine Hepburn to Humphrey Bogart in African Queen (1951) Questions about what matters, and why, and what exists in the world, are quintessentially philosophical. The answers to many … Continue reading Natural-born existentialists

Imagine A World Without Big Pharma

By Dayna Colvin What would you do if you woke up one day and discovered that all the mainstream conventional physicians and big pharma medications disappeared? What if you found out that the only type of medicine that still existed on Earth were natural holistic medicine, herbs, and natural remedies? In other words, how would you feel and react if you weren’t feeling well and the only people you could turn to were naturopaths and herbalists? Considering the fact that healthy, safe, natural remedies are quickly growing in popularity over mainstream “slash and burn” conventional medicine, this is worthy of serious … Continue reading Imagine A World Without Big Pharma

HILBERT’S INFERNO

Images edited by Fernando Kaskais Hell may be the most interesting part of Dante’s famous poem, but its physical existence has always been a topic of debate among philosophers and theologians. If either space or time is finite—a distinct possibility in our current theories of cosmology—how can there be room for a potentially infinite number of sinners for eternity? In what he admits is a speculative proposal, University of Edinburgh philosopher Alasdair Richmond suggests that a hell large enough for an infinite number of the damned could be contained within the boundaries of a finite space, and could provide infinitely-long … Continue reading HILBERT’S INFERNO

You Are Already Here

Photo by Roman Kraft | https://tricy.cl/2AOljN2 Life is very difficult to understand through ideas alone, wrote Dainin Katagiri, the late abbot of the Minnesota Zen Center. But there is one thing that you can trust in: you are fully alive right now. By Dainin Katagiri Roshi In daily human life we are always encountering some problem, contradiction, or confusion. So very naturally we want to escape from problems and find a better way of living. Seeking a calm mind, we study philosophy, psychology, religion, even physics and mathematics, believing they can show us who we are and what the meaning of … Continue reading You Are Already Here

ANOTHER FACEBOOK EXECUTIVE ISSUES WARNING ABOUT ITS DISASTROUS EFFECT ON PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIETY

byVic Bishop, Staff Writer Waking Times “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.” ~Chamath Palihapitiya In a recent talk with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, former vice-president of user growth for Facebook, Chamath Palihapitiya, made some rather startling comments about the impact Facebook and social media are having on human culture.  He acknowledged feeling ‘tremendous guilt’ about his involvement with Facebook, citing the fact that the technology is so widely used that it is actually affecting how human beings interact with one another, upending our entire cultural history of communication. When asked what ‘soul-searching’ … Continue reading ANOTHER FACEBOOK EXECUTIVE ISSUES WARNING ABOUT ITS DISASTROUS EFFECT ON PSYCHOLOGY AND SOCIETY

HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS IS FAR MORE THAN 3,000 YEARS OLD

by Christina Sarich, Staff Writer Waking Times Scientists stuck in the materialist, Newtonian conception of the Universe believe that human consciousness is only 3,000 years old. I would like to put this nonsensical notion to rest, with my own limited consciousness, yet one that has been around for eons, which I will support with ample evidence. Julian Jaynes wrote in 1976 in “The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind,” that human consciousness only came to be 3,000 years ago. He also asserts that this timeframe explains when humans first developed spoken language. Before I argue against these absurdities, I … Continue reading HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS IS FAR MORE THAN 3,000 YEARS OLD

COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS & OUTER SPACES IN POPULAR CULTURE

Kingsley L. Dennis, Contributor Waking Times The sacred, the sublime, has always walked amongst the profane. The signs are everywhere, blended into the sidewalks, pulp fictions, and the kitsch trappings of the art world. For iconic sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick, most of the sublime things of his world were disguised as trash that seamlessly slipped into the background of a dysfunctional world reality. The seeming trash of the everyday mundane clashed with incoming cosmic mutterings that have found their way into much of our popular culture. “Science fiction is always more important than science.’ ~Timothy Leary In the US especially, a … Continue reading COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS & OUTER SPACES IN POPULAR CULTURE