Struggling with the question of belief? Homer Simpson’s got the answer | Julian Baggini
A Chinese proverb says this: to wish someone luck is to wish your own luck away. Those of a superstitious mind should take that seriously! Happy New Year!
Ich hoffe Sie haben ein gutes neues Jahr!
In a time not so long ago I created a post called ‘What Created The Big Bang?’. This post discussed what logically could be the cause of the Big Bang. My answer basically suggested that there is a problem with the question. The problem centres around the problem of temporal (within the concept of time) perspective. The problem is “can there be a ‘before’ before the beginning?”. Conceptually this is very confusing. If there is a ‘before’ that occurs ahead of what we describe as the beginning, then the ‘before’ becomes the new beginning. This then leaves us with the problem of ‘what caused this new before’, or ‘what was the cause that created that event?’. In philosophy this is discussed within the problem known as ‘The First Cause Argument’.
The First Cause Argument highlights the problem whereby we enter an infinite regress and/or a vicious circle. To avoid this the First Cause Argument must have an event that has no cause to be a useful argument. This then naturally leads to the question: ‘Can Something come from Nothing?’ This question is one of the most fundamental questions within philosophy and any deep reflection we take when we ponder why we are here at all.
Well, the video below takes a totally different perspective on this matter. Check it out.
The journey for the development of a web-site dedicated to the philosophy of disbelief starts here. In the meantime, think about this:
The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He makes me down to lie.
Through pastures green He leadeth me the silent waters by.
With bright knives He releaseth my soul.
He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places.
He converteth me to lamb cutlets.
For lo, He hath great power, and great hunger.
When cometh the day we lowly ones,
through quiet reflection and great dedication,
master the art of karate,
lo, we shall rise up,
and then we’ll make the buggers eyes water.