Sunday, 20 May 2018

Becoming rich is largely a matter of luck

Just read the following webpage:

If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? Turns out it’s just chance.

I think people have no idea how much our lives are ruled by randomness. One may often need certain qualities to become rich, but out of all these people who have such qualities, only a small percentage of them will become rich, and that through sheer luck.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Deciding on a novel to read

I've decided to avoid reading all 5 star customer reviews on amazon -- they can't be trusted since 66% of all reviews on Amazon are 5 star. OK, looking for a novel to read. I read the blurb, sounds great, but then read the customer reviews and keep getting put off!

Saturday, 12 May 2018

The scientific method is the best way we have to understand the universe?

Sara Passmore who is the president of the Humanist Society of New Zealand says:

The scientific method is the best way we have to understand the universe.
I often hear people say this, especially scientists.  The problem here is that the word "understand" in this context is ambiguous.

Let's consider an analogy. Is the best way to understand a computer game to play it?

Well, it depends what is meant by "understand". By playing it we come more proficient at the game, we can predict more readily what will happen when one's character carries out certain actions. But no matter how often we play the game, one will never understand why the game has the particular characteristics it has, nor why it exists in the first place.

Likewise with science.  The purpose of science is to map out the patterns discerned in reality and calculate how the world changes with particular actions on our parts.  But that's all it does.  Science tells us nothing about the underlying machinery of reality. It tells us nothing about how or why the world exists at all and why it has the particular physical laws it does. That is what metaphysics deals with.

So, when people say "the scientific method is the best way we have to understand the universe", do they simply mean "understand" as in the patterns we discern in reality and the way they change? I don't think so, because often people who say this are atheists and seem to be insinuating that science offers an alternative explanation to "God" as to why there is a Universe at all, and why we exist etc.  And this includes prominent scientists like the late Stephen Hawking, who really should know better.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Inequality in the USA.

People in the USA who are more wealthy than between 80-90% of the rest of the population are roughly as well off as they would be if all the wealth were distributed uniformly. So I find it curious that so many people belligerently defend this state of affairs. What does this tell us about their intelligence and morality?

England where I live is pretty bad, but not quite as bad as the USA.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

It's all so bizarre

How did we get here? From living 100,000 years ago in small isolated groups living in caves, to communicating with people across the globe on these devices?

To employ an analogy. We've learnt to play the computer game very efficiently indeed. We can predict very accurately what'll happen when our character performs certain actions. But we have absolutely no idea how the game is possible -- the underlying machinery that makes it all work. Or why it exists in the first place (despite what scientists would have you believe). 

And most importantly of all, why the bloody hell are we here? What or who put us here in this crazy mysterious world? For what purpose, if any?

Our lives are crazy and bizarre.  Yet most people are not aware of this, they do not know how bizarre our situation is, how bizarre our lives and the Universe are.  They sleepwalk through life thinking the purpose is to impress others, to make money, to get married, and then to die. 

And then what happens when we die?  Eternal oblivion?  Some mysterious new reality?  I don't know. 

Becoming rich is largely a matter of luck

Just read the following webpage: If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich? Turns out it’s just chance. I think people have no idea how muc...