To Understand the Universe, We Must Expand Our Conception of Science
"[M]aybe decades or millenniums from now — here or someplace yet to be imagined — science on Earth, circa 2014, will look like nothing more than a good start."
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The kinds of conundrums facing our current crop of top scientists could not be more formidable. A great majority of all the matter in the universe is suspiciously absent; we understand more about the human brain than ever before, yet consciousness remains as much a mystery as ever; to make our physical laws and scientific observations line up, many physicists now propose an infinite number of universes. Renown philosopher and atheist Thomas Nagel argues that "intellectual humility requires that we resist the temptation to assume that the tools of the kind we now have are in principle sufficient to understand the universe as a whole."
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Nagel suggests that our conception of science is lacking because it treats the mind as capable of fully understanding a reality outside itself, ultimately free from the influence of its own limitations. Evolution, he suggests, is insufficient to explain the rise of consciousness. Then perhaps consciousness is a fundamental property and should be added to the great list of four--energy, matter, time, and space--which the physical sciences currently regard as exclusive. "[M]aybe decades or millenniums from now — here or someplace yet to be imagined — science on Earth, circa 2014, will look like nothing more than a good start."
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Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
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- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Bernardo Kastrup proposes a new ontology he calls “idealism” built on panpsychism, the idea that everything in the universe contains consciousness. He solves problems with this philosophy by adding a new suggestion: The universal mind has dissociative identity disorder.
There’s a reason they call it the “hard problem.” Consciousness: Where is it? What is it? No one single perspective seems to be able to answer all the questions we have about consciousness. Now Bernardo Kastrup thinks he’s found one. He calls his ontology idealism, and according to idealism, all of us and all we perceive are manifestations of something very much like a cosmic-scale dissociative identity disorder (DID). He suggests there’s an all-encompassing universe-wide consciousness, it has multiple personalities, and we’re them.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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