I cannot pretend to have a solid topic in mind today. They race with concept from meditation to the influences of the arts on the psyche.
Something particularly striking my mind is the division between Western and Eastern philosophies. Thanks to a mind and body meditation book lent by a friend this past week. I seem to be trapped in a Western mindset and dead set on believing I am right. Could I be wrong?
Of course I could.
Like our medicinal practices, I believe in a material world. I believe the body is a material thing, and consciousness likewise restricted to the physical composition of the brain as a piece of matter. I see scientific studies, tests, and neuroscience in-dept CAT scan observations and cannot help but use these to support my predisposition.
However, even Western studies has to concede to Quantum physics and its metaphysical applications. Energy, spins, fields, waves. Everything seems to operate on a deeper level than what we see. Does this mean that the universe is not a material thing? Well, the material exists. Particles are material, they do their business due to their relation with other particles. This thing called “energy” is hardly some mysterious unseen force guiding the universe that we can extrapolate to supernatural processes.
But are we merely a hunk of meat? My empirical philosophy leads me to think yes. My deeper psyche wants desperately to say no.
What do all my above title topics have in common? I do not know. All I know is I am a Philosopher, therefore I think and toil over such things.
So, I must open it up to discussion. As no one learns anything by being trapped in their own thoughts.
A Penny for Your Thoughts?