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August 2, 2021

Nature of reality

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David Lovejoy’s elegant article on the (non-)existence of free will and the nature of reality (Echonetdaily, September 10) inspires me to comment.

The complete truth about consciousness and reality cannot be unravelled until we understand what the 96 per cent around us, consisting of dark matter and dark energy, is up to. 
I hope it is not so mystical that it accelerates us into an epoch of spiritualism. Meanwhile the age of reason could improve significantly if we can inhibit overgrowth of the amygdala in preschool.

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  1. The “age of reason” is as limited as the dogmatic materialist assumptions within it. Reason alone will never understand the whole, and will never answer those perennial questions about free-will-or-determinism or spirit-or-matter without begging the question. The whole truth is not outside of you. Materialism assumes that it is.

  2. In regard to David Lovejoy’s article on the (non-) existence of free will in Echo & Echonetdaily 10 Sept. & responses.
    Our mind & body are composed of trillions of tiny living cellular beings, 99% nonhuman. We dwell within an ecosystem composed of trillions of living beings, 99% nonhuman. We are conscious because vast numbers of humans have developed an educated and civilized society over thousands of generations. All of us exist because of all the previous occurrences that have taken place within our family, our society, our global ecosystem and the surrounding universe. That gives us an opportunity to make a decision, to exercise our free will. Will we do this or do that? Will we go here or go there? Will we eat this or eat that? Will we believe this or believe that? Will we say this or say that? Will we sleep here or sleep there? Very similar to everything else living around us, though we can exercise our free will better than those less complex life forms. It just shows us how important we really are while exercising our free will. Utterly dependent on the spinning of our planet, the heat of the sun and the health of our environment within us without us.


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