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by owl of Minerva
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:10 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Beyond Humanism?
Replies: 44
Views: 1291

Re: Beyond Humanism?

How Einstein described the evolution of religion is not necessarily the case. Primitive man had a lot of fear in nature and consequently in god. However, there was always the idea of sacrifice and a strict moral code: taboos. In modern culture the fear is less because nature has been modified by the...
by owl of Minerva
Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Beyond Humanism?
Replies: 44
Views: 1291

Re: Beyond Humanism?

From some accounts it appears that the humanities are under threat in academia from scientific materialism. Humanism should get its act together and decide what it is for rather than harping on what it is against; religion being its favorite target. Religious dogmatism has not had, and still does no...
by owl of Minerva
Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:54 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Beyond Humanism?
Replies: 44
Views: 1291

Re: Beyond Humanism?

It is good that evolutionary theory gives humanism a more emphatic view of the natural world. What is missing is a cosmology that would give humanism a place in the cosmos. Instead it is increasingly diminished by evolutionary biology and neurobiology, based on their investigations of matter. Evolut...
by owl of Minerva
Fri Jun 19, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Existence
Replies: 32
Views: 1814

Re: Existence

There is irony in the title of this article: Existence. In Vedic philosophy the definition of God is Existence. The answer to the question what caused God is answered by the statement in this article: "Existence itself cannot have a cause."
by owl of Minerva
Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Eternal Recurrence Revisited
Replies: 9
Views: 2157

Re: Eternal Recurrence Revisited

Western astronomers have postulated an equinoctial cycle of our solar system based on a cosmic phenomenon know to astronomers as "Precession of the Equinox." The length is determined by the present rate of motion. According to other theories that rate varies at different stages of the cycle, which w...
by owl of Minerva
Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Against Neural Philosophy Of Mind
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Re: Against Neural Philosophy Of Mind

This article shows the flaws in Neural Philosophy of Mind. The views of Eliminative Materialism are extreme. It denies not just the existence of mind, independent of the physical brain, but also the existence of the macro elements, four of which are apparent to sense perception. It is doing to secul...
by owl of Minerva
Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Eternal Recurrence Revisited
Replies: 9
Views: 2157

Re: Eternal Recurrence Revisited

Nietzsche interpreted cyclical return as static. The ancients who were conversant with the heavens very likely perceived cyclical return as dynamic. If cyclical rotation is not limited to the same field but, due to a magnetic pull, is drawn into a different field throughout each cycle that would mea...
by owl of Minerva
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Letters (Issue 133)
Replies: 1
Views: 331

Re: Letters (Issue 133)

The Sound of No Hands Clapping. A koan is meant to bring enlightenment, to see reality as it is rather than as it is perceived. The sound of one hand clapping is similar to the other koan: if a tree falls in the forest and there is no one there to hear it does it make a sound? They are both meant to...
by owl of Minerva
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Artificial Consciousness: Our Greatest Ethical Challenge
Replies: 37
Views: 2676

Re: Artificial Consciousness: Our Greatest Ethical Challenge

If consciousness is an attribute of the action of the senses and is invisible, non-physical, and non-dual then the senses have surpassed the laws of nature. The three forces create the relativities of duality which we cannot escape, everything physical, whether a fine or dense force, visible or invi...
by owl of Minerva
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Meditating with Descartes
Replies: 22
Views: 1782

Re: Meditating with Descartes

The Buddha, through meditation, identified with Buddhi which means Intelligence. He did not identify with the Mind in which lives the Ego, the idea of separate existence. Therefore he achieved the calm state of mind which we all aspire to. Ego identified with a body, a mind, or a universe is still a...
by owl of Minerva
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Meditating with Descartes
Replies: 22
Views: 1782

Re: Meditating with Descartes

The language of Buddhism is very stark. "Boundless consciousness" in Hinduism and Christianity is realizing oneself as a reflection; a Son of God. "Nothingness" is becoming one with the Intelligence of God in creation by acquiring Krishna or Christ Consciousness. "Neither perception or non-perceptio...
by owl of Minerva
Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Free Will Pill
Replies: 19
Views: 1995

Re: The Free Will Pill

A free will pill that increases will is not a solution unless it erases the subtle electrical wiring that creates blueprints and grooves of wrong habits in the physiological brain that leads to mindless actions and addictions. The person could use the increased will given by the pill to form even wo...