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Is original thought possible?

Sam Harris

English: Sam Harris
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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?

Life from above and beyond

As it’s the season of goodwill I thought it would be nice to share a beautiful gift from Trey Ratcliffe narrated by the late Alan Watts.

Who are you?

“We come from nothing, we are going back to nothing-In the end what have we lost? Nothing!” ― Graham Chapman

The old man
The old man

When I look into the mirror I see what everybody else sees when they look at me; an old man. But when they look at me they can’t hear, feel or smell the same things that I hear, feel or smell. Others, then, can only view me in a one dimensional form. They think I am an old man because that is what their eyes reflect. So they will feel no need to ask; “Who are you?” Continue reading Who are you?

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?