Synergy45 Blog Posts

  • Teleological Illusions and the Creation of Meaning
    on Jan 8, 2016 in meaning religion teleology trust
       Few phrases are as presumptive as the phrase, “everything happens for a reason.” It is, nevertheless, nearly the axiom that guides all other axioms for millions of people who believe that life is governed by some type of divine, supe...
  • The Same Old Tree
    on Dec 17, 2015 in adaptation life
    "We are all but recent leaves on the same old tree of life and if this life has adapted itself to new functions and conditions, it uses the same old basic principles over and over again. There is no real difference between the grass and the man who m...
  • Aggregate Thinking and Objectification   Thinking in the aggregate is a nearly ubiquitous and irresistible human impulse, an impulse born perhaps in an increasingly complex, changing world that requires quick decisions and survival smarts. We plug people into groups, draw infer...
  • The Promise of InfinityWhy does life go on for any, when one, just one, must go away?When the smile, the touch, the words of another,are snatched from the world of the living against all will -- because this fragile, flesh-bound vessel we use, has the permanence of sand. H...
  • Existential Anesthesia
    on Jan 17, 2014 in death existentialism life meaning
    What is life, but a gameof competing illusions?Its true meaningslips our grasp.So we make a dream.Like sand castles in the sun,we build and define.To make permanent a lie.To ease the pain.
  • Free Will: In Search of a Foundation
    on Nov 4, 2013
       Why do humans do the things they do?      On the surface it would seem an easy enough question to answer.    "Because they choose to do it," people will say. "Because they see some benefit in it for the...
  • on Apr 16, 2013
    ...
  • Causality, Correlation and Common Sense   How do we know what causes produce what effects? The question seems simple enough on the surface, but did deeper and the issue becomes much more complex, unequivocally intertwined as it were with matters of definition, belief and time.&n...
  • Wired Health Conference: Synthetic Biology
    on Mar 3, 2013 in biology synthetic biology wired
    ...
  • Epistemology and the Limitations of Knowledge
    on Dec 25, 2012 in knowledge epistemology truth
       Epistemology is an important branch of philosophy concerned with the parameters and limits of human knowledge, with beliefs that are justifiably true and based on that which is genuinely real. It is concerned with the capability of thing...
  • on Nov 4, 2012
    ...
  • on Oct 21, 2012
    ...
  • Space, Time and the Human Condition
    on Aug 14, 2012 in death space life time transhumanism
       Researchers at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at the University of California, San Diego have estimated that the awe-inspiring, spiral-shaped Milky Way Galaxy, in which our own earth resides, contains more than 400 billio...
  • Fatalism, Fear and the Future of Humanity   In another 1,000 years, what will the people of planet earth think of the world of the early 21st century? That the people of today were barbarians? That they were the last of a fading civilization that still carried with them the supers...
  • Foundations of Belief
    on May 5, 2012 in death Reality belief religion
    So utterly convinced, some people are, that what they believe is the unmitigated truth.But what, please tell me, is the criteria?Feelings? A changed life? Intuition? Circumstance?An infinitely subjective spark from deep within the mind...
  • Consciousness, desire and the human imagination   The nature of the human consciousness, reflected in the mind-body problem, has challenged philosophers and thinkers on multiple levels for centuries, from Plato, to René Descartes to David Hume and James Mill. But why exactly is such a...
  • Confucius: Those Who are Absolute True Selves
    on Dec 6, 2011 in nature truth Confucius
       A discourse on what it means to be genuine, from China's great sage--Confucius.   Only those who are their absolute true selves in the world can fulfill their own nature; only those who fulfill their own nature can fulfill...
  • The Illusion of Belief
    on Nov 26, 2011 in illusion belief mind
    Does life exist beyond the grave?Do the eyes lie?Meaning. Truth. Purpose.What are they but the mind reaching out?When you pick up a rock, you know it's a rock.But you are, alas, a construct-creating entity.An amalgam of ambiguous forces.A desire in s...
  • Mind, body and emotion
    on Oct 23, 2011
      The essence and source of human emotions, like that of consciousness itself, is a complex phenomenon that has caused a great deal of bewilderment through history. Author and professor Paul Thagard makes an interesting observation in an Ap...
  • Life outside the hive
    on Oct 5, 2011 in absolutes belief life religion
       Why do so many people believe in the absolute reality of so many things with such little evidence to validate their truth? Consider ghosts, angels, demons and that most prominent of deities -- God, or Allah if your prefer.   If...
Close