#Idea – The negativity bias / 05.03.18

It is your birthright to experience sporadic moments of joy, blissfulness and transcendence,
And it is your curse to forget how often they happen,
(…and perhaps how great they were. )

Put another way – you would be more happy, more often – if only you could remember how often you had been happy before.

This is perhaps a chicken and egg problem.

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#Idea – Atheism vs Science / 05.03.18

It’s not ‘scientific’ to be an atheist (that is to say, to be 100% certain that there is no God)

Because scientists, on a philosophical level, do not deal in matters of complete certainty.

Unless that is to say that your atheism is a hypothesis that you would like (…or not like) to be disproved.

On a philosophical level, this makes you an agnostic – whether you identify as atheist or not.

In its most hardcore form – atheism could be described as faith (or belief) that there is no God – perhaps not too dissimilar from the religion it is ideologically opposed to.

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#Idea – What happened to philosophy? / 06.02.18

Pharmacology and psychology fill the space that philosophy once occupied,
Taking the onus to find meaning and happiness away from the individual,
Moving it to external sources.

The proposition:
Live better with the assistance of various substances and biochemical manipulation
Or with the help of someone else shrinking your head.

Meanwhile, philosophy has become associated with irrelevance, a kind of intellectual masturbation.
It is no longer considered practical information that can help us live happier, more meaningful lives.

And yet,
To a great extent
Your thinking got you where you are
And,
Your thinking can get you out of it

And that is what philosophy is all about.

Philosophy is not dead. It’s just gone to sleep for a while.

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#ThoughtExperiment – Psychosclerosis / 05.02.18

In contemplating the future

My partner raised the question;

What if there’s a point in your life

Where you become too old to face your demons?

So,

If you didn’t make the effort to change

When you were younger

You never will.

Did this cautionary tale ever happen to someone who is old?

Or will it happen one day to someone who is now young?

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#ThoughtExperiment – The Reverse Pascal’s Wager / 20.01.18

The idea of Pascal’s Wager is that you can live a godless life and then convert to religion right before you die, just in case you were going to go to hell for your godless ways.

Nobody seems to think about the ‘Reverse Pascal’s Wager‘, the very real idea that you could be wasting your life living as a religious person, preparing for an afterlife that may not exist.

The caveat here, of course, is how we define ‘religious’ behaviour – which, like human behaviour, can encompass both the best and the worst of what humanity has to offer.

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The Reverse Pascal’s wager may not apply to the guy who volunteers at his Church every weekend to feed and clothe the homeless. It may, however, apply to the guy who devotes significant time and energy to trying to spiritually blackmail the non-believers surrounding him.

Then again, a Hedonist might tell you that, if a man abuses others in the name of his God and enjoys his life – that was a life well lived.

Like most things, we should probably err on the side of not being a twat.

As usual, there is no certainty and no answers… only questions.