Friday, 10 August 2018

The sheer meaninglessness of all things

According to modern western wisdom we are mere meat robots, with no free will, living out our purposeless lives in a purposeless Universe, marching to our inevitable annihilation. An annihilation that can occur at any time. All our actions, all our thoughts, all our emotions, all our hopes, all our fears, everything we ever say, everything we ever do, is ultimately to no avail. In a million years time, each and every one of us will have long been forgotten, as if we had never existed. And, perhaps, the human race itself will have long since disappeared and will have been forgotten, as if it too had never existed.

Moreover, the Universe itself is dying. Eventually, all conscious creatures will die everywhere in the entire Universe. And eventually, nothing will ever happen ever again . . not anywhere and not ever.

Let the sheer meaninglessness of our existence and the Universe suffuse through you!

But wait! Richard Dawkins has some words of consolation:

"We are going to die, and that makes us the lucky ones. Most people are never going to die because they are never going to be born. The potential people who could have been here in my place but who will in fact never see the light of day outnumber the sand grains of Arabia. Certainly those unborn ghosts include greater poets than Keats, scientists greater than Newton.
We know this because the set of possible people allowed by our DNA so massively exceeds the set of actual people. In the teeth of these stupefying odds it is you and I, in our ordinariness, that are here...
After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Who, with such a thought, would not spring from bed, eager to resume discovering the world and rejoicing to be a part of it?" (Richard Dawkins, Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder p6)

Now doesn't that make people burst with happiness? Let us spring forth from bed with alacrity and enthusiasm for the forthcoming day! To savour the sweetness of existence. To know that you're one of the infinitesimally small proportion of potential people who have been granted the miracle of being alive! To be bestowed this gift of a momentary window of existence before entering into eternal nothingness. Oh, how fortunate we all are!

That's one way of looking at it I suppose! Ha Ha!

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Good looking women

Why do guys act so sycophantically around good looking women? Get sick of hearing stuff like you have intelligence, courage and a keen sense of self and your place in the universe. Your awesomeness emanates from your very being, it is almost a tangible thing! OK . OK . .I made that last sentence up.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Raccoon Existentialism

I think this is taking the question "why are we here?" too literally. We could answer that the Universe and our lives are ultimately absurd and we're simply here by sheer blind happenstance. That would be an answer to this question. Whether it's the correct one is another issue.

Also the question of "how are we here" requires more of an answer than my parents procreated etc. We have to answer why there is something rather than absolutely nothing. And given there is something, how did humans come about rather than any other intelligent life come about, or indeed no intelligent life at all?

Also, if I am the result of a single sperm and egg and my parents needed to meet, and their parents needed to meet in turn etc, then the probability of *me* being born is effectively zero. Yet here I am. So there's a problem here. There's something incorrect in the mainstream assumptions (I'm aware that just about the whole of the human race disagrees with me about this last point, but they're simply not understanding the issue.  See a blog post by me).

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Electric Unicycle

This seems quite good, vastly better than those crappy "hover" boards. 15mph is quite fast. Almost as fast as sprinting? Certainly less exhausting. Women could use it to cheat in a running race provided they wear a long dress so it can't be seen.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

A caveman suddenly appearing in a modern city

Imagine a caveman from 100,000 BC suddenly being transported in time to today and placed for a brief time into the middle of a modern city. A cacophony of noise; a staggering number of people all seemingly very busy walking in random directions all ignoring each other; the movement of large inanimate objects moving under their own volition, some of which travel at an unbelievable speed. Completely and totally frenetic.

Then he suddenly get transported back. How does he explain his experience to his fellow cavemen? It was very busy, strange, noisy, lots of people? That scarcely conveys it. Nor would my description above convey what it was like. Nothing could, it's simply completely outside anything they have ever experienced. Any attempt at a description could not possibly convey the raw experience of being there.

Likewise for those who have had psychedelic or mystical experiences or NDEs trying to explain their experiences to us. Not that I've ever had any of these experiences.

Walking speed and longevity

Apparently there's a correlation between how fast you walk and how long you'll live. I strongly doubt that deliberately walking faster will lead to a longer life though. It will be the *urge* to walk faster that is indicative of a longer life, not that walking faster will cause one to live longer.
So walk as slowly as you like (so long as you're not blocking my path).

Claims of being a famous person in a past life

Somebody said there's a huge following of reincarnation claimants on Instagram, many of whom claim they were a famous person in a previous life. I think it's highly unlikely that a claimed past life of a famous person is genuine (even though I think at least some people reincarnate).

What percentage of the population were represented by famous people at the time of the claimed past life? Very small I imagine. I'd put my money on none, or virtually none, of these claimed lives as being for real. People crave the attention, and others duly oblige.

The sheer meaninglessness of all things

According to modern western wisdom we are mere meat robots, with no free will, living out our purposeless lives in a purposeless Universe, m...