Good Day, Y’all. Another BLOG?? Ok, Why? Something worth my time here? Below on this HOME Page, (and continuing on the ABOUT Page), is a rambling Introduction. Read it and if you’re interested, Welcome! For new POSTS and COMMENTS, go directly to BLOG PAGE. This “Intro” is subject to revision; so consider occasional re-visits, for exciting new Insights! 🙂
So who is this? A rumpled, 82 yo, married guy. Modestly educated, but No “expert” credentials. (“Trashed” physical mobility. I can only dream of wandering around in the mountains I loved.) But I still want to try to do something constructive, for the Community and world. One surviving trait: Curiosity! How Does The World Work? Everything in it, about it, and Beyond it! Ranging from all our tools of daily life; through the sorry state of “Public Affairs” world-wide; and on out to the limits of the “Cosmos.” (And one pretty much lifelong predisposition: To Science, and the “Scientific Method” of investigation, as the portal to “Reality.”
My hope is for This is that it be about Issues that We – You and I – judge to be essential, ( in the World’s Current Conditions), to produce a nonviolent, “equitable,” and functional World Community. Wow!! What a Project! Unfathomable? Nope; not an excuse. Comprised of a nearly infinite array of interdependent “causative” conditions. Yet it CAN be “broken down” and studied in numerous ways simultaneously, to improve our survuival prospects. OK then, Who’s responsible for thus undertaking? Tentative answer: Who else but we; ourselves. Wait, isn’t there– up there, out there, somewhere– an omniscient, omnipotent, “higher power” who’s promised to make things right, provided we follow it’s dictates? Indeed, “Religions” counting on such an entity. With adherents comprising probably a majority of world population; from the Big Ones to vast numbers of small “sects.” But all, unfortunately, with differing and conflicting Dictates they’d suggest for us all. Back later to the question whether there is any tangible evidence for the existence of these “higher powers.” My Guess is that “God” is the Cosmos; and We’re on our own to learn how it works, what our “Purpose” in it is, and how we might outta’ behave, individually and collectively, to achieve that “Purpose. Hey, maybe there’s a place to start. A “Working Committee” Assignment? Name, and define at beginning levels of description, each of the Human Values deemed essential in the fundamental design goals of a mutually agreeable set of specifications required of all individual community “charters.” Maybe we can “self initiate” that discussion with one another, in any most and combinations of participants. (Let our ideas and exchanges be “Open Minded;” listening and learning from one another; as opposed to Debating to “Win the Point.”)
Personally, (and with more “sitting down time” in my condition) I’m trying to go on learning, with a reading list of Books, and periodicals. Commentary on History, current Public affairs, and several Science Journals. True, I am predisposed to Science, as the bedrock of “Reality.” All of the Sciences, individually and as they work in concert. Along with Philosophy and “the Humanities” as they “inform” and are informed by the Sciences. Hopefully to learn things that, within my limits, that I can personally act upon; and to encourage like-minded folk.
The literal survival of Mom and Pop Earth, and all of us riding along on, is at risk as never before in Human history. Our rising cumulative numbers and our combined impact. We’ve got to change many, if not all, of our myriad impacts. The tens of thousands of ways, (each of us in our unique, infinitely complex individuality), are unwittingly straining the Planet’s capacity. Caring for the environment that sustains us has been our Responsibility from the beginning of sentient human life; and it is now critical. So, Reality; how the natural world/universe/cosmos works. What’s Real? What’s True? What are the implications for us. Here on Mother Earth, our speck in the Cosmos.
One Piece of that: How did we get here on earth? The choice between Science and God, (or some supernatural entity with all the “God-like” powers)? It is the “Scientific” (“realist”) consensus that we emerged from interstellar gas and dust as a rocky Planet; and the interaction of inorganic materials and forces producing the first forms of life. And that rudimentary organic Life evolved over billions of years through successive forms with increasing mobility and ultimately consciousness. And onward to a brain capable of searching for the breadth and depth of reality. Alongside our current, “modern history” of desperate fumbling with Belief, Culture and Governance, trying to learn how to survive together peacefully. Available to us is step-by-step “Scientific Method.” So What’s being learned on the “Frontiers” of the Sciences and Humanities currently, to help?
Global Warming? Good luck with that alone. In fact Humanity in its’ sheer mass is comprehensively impacting the ecosphere to an end condition incompatible with human life. Colonize Mars or other destinations? As enthusiastic and acclaimed as it proponents are, write it off. The scale it would require is so great that that we’ll have self destructed long before. “Barriers?” Or Major relevant Conditions? The majority of the world’s population which lacks the basic physical necessities for life, either in hand or in reasonable prospect, and thus no surplus of resources to learn of the reality. Up the continuum to the soi9zable proportion of “well-enough- offs” like you and me. Too many of us either content with entertaining ourselves – “Don’t worry, Be happy.” (I’m not exempting myself there). Or already “worn out” thinking about how to Save The World.
So, if Science predominates, where do Religion, “Spirituality,” or “Alien Experiences” and such fit in? We humans do experience these phenomena, so they are in some manner real too. Likely, part of that answer: We “experience” everything first through the Brain. Many things, like pain, surely are Real. Yet we first experience it in our “Consciousness.” Same as everything else that is physically tangible. And so also with all those intangible experiences. They too Feel Real, but are they? In some tangible, verifiable manner? One Note: Current Scientific research in Brain Mechanics, even with the incomplete scientific tools we so far have, shows that the brain can create myriad kinds of mental experiences with a “physical feeling” component. On it’s own, without any detectable “input.”
We find ourselves living on a Physical planet which permitted the origin of life and of habitat allowing homo sapiens and all the rest of life around us to survive and continue to evolve. Our Place in the Cosmos. Let’s accept responsibility for it.
OK, if you’re still “with me,” you’re among the most Patient folks to be found.
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