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Is original thought possible?

Sam Harris

English: Sam Harris
English: Sam Harris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author describes ‘Freewill’ as an illusion. He uses brilliant analogies to explain that acting of your own freewill implies that you could have done otherwise. He poses the question, ‘What are you going to think next? Your next thought comes out of nowhere. Whatever you are doing you have a voice in your head which just says things. Thoughts just emerge in consciousness. We can’t choose them before we think them. So if you can’t control your next thought where is your freedom of will?’ Continue reading Is original thought possible?

The death of Earth

I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I did not know that 22nd April was ‘Earth Day’.

So, to atone for my sin – mea maxima culpa – I have put together this short post.

I feel much better already!

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.
The Earth seen from Apollo 17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We have known, for more than half a century, what we have done and continue to do to the Earth . Yet despite considerable progress we still persist with destructive acts.

English: Rachel Carson, author of Silent Sprin...
English: Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring. Official photo as FWS employee. c. 1940. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rachael Carson told us in her absorbing book ‘Silent Spring’ published in 1962.

She puts it so eloquently when she says:

 “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.”

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Meaning in Time

 You think about now.

 We talk about how

 Warring and pain

 Feel like acid rain.

 We’re living in fear

 So where to from here.

 Just tow the line;

 There’ll be meaning in time.

Is it nonsense to you?

 It’s nonsense to me.

 Can’t believe it is true;

 How can we be

  Living in fear?

  So where to from here.

  We’re towing the line;

  Will there be meaning in time?

♦ 

 So you want to fly;

 Can’t see a blue sky.

 The landscape is stained;

 There’s more acid rain.

 Still living in fear;

 Where to from here?

 Still towing the line

 There’ll be meaning in time.

The days are all gone now;

  No sky to see

 The Earth is parched dry;

 We run to the sea.

 No need to fear as

 There’s nowhere from here.

 So why tow the line;

 There’s no meaning in time.

Respect

The world is full of suffering,

through acts of aggression brought

by mindless individuals and governments who

have no respect for fellow men.

With greed and avarice rife you may

try and suck me into conflict.

But I will not respond.

Fight alone if you must.

We are brothers.

Born of the same forefathers.

We are both of this earth.

Respect me as I respect you.

No matter what your views,

vices or virtues may be.

We are fellow humans.

Our basic needs the same.

Disagree with my views, as I may with yours.

Let us debate through the night till the sun rises on another day.

We may find common ground.

We may not.

But come what may,

I will not dis-respect your rights.

You and who you are are precious.

If that is lost then so am I.

I will plummet to the lowest depths.

I will lose my self-respect.

And every man’s entitlement

is that basic human right.   

  

Are we capable of original thought?

English: Sam Harris
English: Sam Harris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sam Harris, the neuroscientist and author describes ‘Freewill’ as an illusion. He uses brilliant analogies to explain that acting of your own freewill implies that you could have done otherwise. He poses the question, ‘What are you going to think next? Your next thought comes out of nowhere. Whatever you are doing you have a voice in your head which just says things. Thoughts just emerge in consciousness. We can’t choose them before we think them. So if you can’t control your next thought where is your freedom of will?’ Continue reading Are we capable of original thought?