Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Yay for something!!

So awhile back I said I was going to use the idea that "Nothing exists" as the foundation for my philosophy or some such. Then sometime later I did a post saying that I wasn't going to do that for various reasons. So now I've come up with a new foundation idea. "Something exists."

No I can't say for certain what that something is. After all I'm still not certain I exist. Descartes still has me beat there I guess. And while I was thinking about this I realized I kept using the word "certain." That got me thinking about the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. And the basic idea came to that the more one focus's their attention on one detail of the world around them the less detail the see about everything else, and the converse to that, the more they try to see everything around them the less details they see in any of it.

Now one thing I've never been certain about is that I perceive the same world as anyone else. How do I know that the color I see as red isn't really blue, or seen has green by someone else. And maybe you'd say well because you can say "Hey this is red." to which others would reply "No, it's blue." But I also don't know that the language I use is the same as anybody else's. I know on several occasions I've gotten into long drawn out debates about a particular topic only to find out in the end we were both trying to say the same thing but were using different definitions for the words we were using, or something like that.

So what am I getting at with all this? I don't know if I exist and I don't know that you exist. And if the universe exists is still a complete mystery to me, but I can say with some certainty that something, somewhere definitely exists. After all modern science now seems to say quantum fluctuations can create something out of nothing for brief periods of time. So given nothing and quantum mechanics, apparently you get something sooner or later.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Still here for another year

Well the crazy guy was wrong, again. The rapture didn't happen. The world is not ending just yet. Not that I had any doubt he was wrong. I find it truly amazing how many people want the end of the world. That I think is the great harm done by Christianity. It instilled in people this idea that this world is already fucked up beyond repair and all they have to look forward to is death and this ideal paradise in the afterlife.

None of us can even know there is an afterlife. By definition its what happens after this life, and as we are still in this life we can only guess at what lies beyond. And anyone who tries to tell you different is trying to sell you something. I have my ideas, but there is no way I can know for certain.

One thing that I always find odd is that in all the gospels there is at least once where Jesus tells his followers that the Kingdom of Heaven will come within the lifetime of some of the people hearing him speak those words. It didn't come to them then and yet millions of Christians are certain that its still just around the corner. You got stupid creationist that want to take the creation myth and histories of the bible as literal facts and then conveniently ignore the very words Jesus is said to have spoken on this other matter.

Anyway we still have about 20 months before the next doomsday. A bunch of idiots misinterpreting Mayan legends and now we have the idea that the world will in 2012. Let me just say this now. Nothing is going to happen!!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cause & Effect

I find myself tonight thinking about cause and effect. If you believe that all effects must have a cause then it stands to reason that you believe in an eternal universe with no beginning. For whatever caused the beginning mus by necessity be the effect of some other cause, so on and so forth. Always must there be some previous cause.

But I say to you that I believe in effect without cause. At the heart of chaos would be such an effect. I have heard that modern science has shown that at the quantum level particles can come out of nothing. They are short lived and quickly blink back out of existence. It is believed our own universe may have come into existence in just this way, only instead of blinking out of existence suddenly exploded outward with a great expansion.

Anyway back to my original point. Both religion and science seem to say that some outside unknown "cause" started our universe. Religion has it's answers and science is constantly striving for it's. But I ask why must we believe that all effects have a cause? What actually causes the mutations that drive evolution? Honestly I don't know. I hated biology in school and we never studied evolution anyway. My point is there are infinite effects happening in every moment, but can anyone truly know that their are an equivalent infinite causes?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

What is the meaning of it all? As you can see I haven't written anything for my blog in a month. I've had ideas sometimes but not the desire to write them down. Other times I've had the desire to write something but no ideas on what to write. I don't get many visitors to my blog and those that do visit seem only interested in my post about my broken TV that I fixed. That post even got linked to by someone who happened to have the same TV having the same problem and fixed his TV and wrote a blog about it. Or people look up the various part numbers I mentioned in that blog post and find my blog that way.

The point is the few visitors I get seem to care nothing about reading the rest of my blog. And no one ever comments on anything leaving me to wonder why I bother. Is it good enough that I put my thoughts out there? I'd like to hear what other people have to say on my thoughts. Debate helps me refine my thoughts. So today I write this nonsense. Maybe in the days to come I will write more of my thoughts down. Or something about the new story idea I'm working on. I still need to figure out the plot though.

In the mean time, continue to ignore my blog world. There is nothing to see here I guess.