Archive for the philosophy Category

Time and Consciousness (Penrose)

Posted in brain, philosophy on July 8, 2012 by ewakening
The way in which time is treated in modern physics is not essentially different from the way space is treated, and the ‘time’ of physical descriptions does not really flow at all. …. The temporal ordering that we appear to perceive is something that we impose on our perceptions to make sense of them in relation to the uniform forward time-progression of an external physical reality.

— Roger Penrose, from The Emperor’s New Mind: Concerning Computers, Minds, and the Laws of Physics.

Time and Reality (Godel)

Posted in philosophy on March 27, 2011 by ewakening

The illusion of the passage of time arises from the confusing of the given with the real. Passage of time arises because we think of occupying different realities. In fact, we occupy only different givens. There is only one reality, without time.

— Kurt Godel


Posted in enlightenment, philosophy on March 13, 2011 by ewakening

We don’t look into the Abyss, we look out of it.

Logical necessity (Einstein)

Posted in evolution, philosophy on February 27, 2011 by ewakening

What I’m really interested in is whether God could have made the world in a different way — that is, whether the necessity of logical simplicity leaves any freedom at all.

— Einstein

Inquirers into Wonder (Heidegger)

Posted in philosophy on February 20, 2011 by ewakening

Only because of wonder, the revelation of Nothing, does the “Why?” spring to our lips. Only because this “Why?” is possible as such can we seek for reasons and proofs in a definite way. Only because we can ask and prove are we fated to become enquirers in this life. The enquiry into Nothing puts us, the enquirers, ourselves in question. It is a metaphysical one.

— Heidegger, from “What is Metaphysics?”

One certain truth (Wm. James)

Posted in philosophy, Uncategorized on June 6, 2010 by ewakening

There is but one unquestionably certain truth, and that is the truth that skepticism itself leaves standing: The truth that the present phenomenon of consciousness exists.  That, however, is the bare starting-point of knowledge — the mere admission of a stuff to be philosophized about.  The various philosophies are but so many attempts at expressing what this stuff really is.

— William James (1842-1910), from “The Will to Believe

Testing tradition (Clifford)

Posted in philosophy on May 30, 2010 by ewakening

In regard, then, to the sacred tradition of humanity, we learn that it consists, not in propositions or statements which are to be accepted and believed on the authority of the tradition, but in questions rightly asked, in conceptions which enable us to ask further questions, and in methods of answering questions. The value of all these things depends on their being tested day by day. The very sacredness of the precious deposit imposes upon us the duty and the responsibility of testing it, of purifying and enlarging it to the utmost of our power.

— William K. Clifford (1845-1879), British philosopher