What is the meaning of Life?

What is the meaning of Life?

What is the meaning of Life?

Philosophers, scientists and thinkers have for thousands of years pondered the big questions of existence, the biggest one of all being ‘what is the point of life?’ More correctly, it’s often expressed as ‘does life have any purpose?’  ‘Is there any meaning to life?,’ and more commonly ‘why are we here?’ All of these commonly asked questions point at the same thing and that is the human need for validation of their existence. Absurdism We’d all naturally like to think that we have a reason for being, even if it isn’t revealed to us and we have to work it

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Remembering La Mettrie the philosopher physician

Remembering La Mettrie the philosopher physician

  Everyone who studies or has an interest in philosophy has heard of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Voltaire, Nietzsche, Hegel, Marx and modern philosophers too like Daniel Dennet. I like to guess and think of these people as the popular philosophers because they are the household names that most often show up everywhere on the interwebs when philosophy is discussed. Browse different philosophical websites and forums and you will see that there are countless articles and quotations from this popular pantheon of philosophers. However, there’re other philosophers out there that have not been popularised and therefore their ideas and themselves even,

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There’s no such thing as entropy free lunch

There’s no such thing as entropy free lunch

   What is the difference between a living organism and a chair? Well a chair can maintain its state of equilibrium without the need for any help from its environment. Living beings of the other hand need an input of material and energy to maintain this equilibrium. Without this input living organisms will have to shift to a highly disordered state of equilibrium, the maximum state of entropy is death. To fight against entropy living beings must eat food, who would have thought? Yes, Food and its glorious gustatory blessing! whether it is whole foods or processed foods we need

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Relax we’re all going to die…

Relax we’re all going to die…

The biggest curse to befall mankind is the sure and certain knowledge that one day we will all die. This knowing, this understanding can cast a long shadow over a man’s life, making him realise that all of acts, deeds, accomplishments and favours will come to nothing, being eradicated by the relentless march of time. Everyone you know will die, all things that have been achieved by all men in all times eventually come undone.  Nothing lasts forever, empires fade and the world is forever changing, and that is all down to death. The adoption of this mental state is

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The Technique of Naturalistic Mindfulness

The Technique of Naturalistic Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a technique used to for many reasons such as to improve mental health and wellbeing and to help one think more clearly. One definition of mindfulness from the internet by someone called Jon Kabat-Zinn, which I think succinctly sums it up is: “mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally.” Naturalistic mindfulness has similar principles but is a different technique as the purpose is different being used for the improvement of understanding in natural knowledge, so it’s different from conventional mindfulness in the sense that you are applying the best

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Falling in love with the Absurd!

Falling in love with the Absurd!

Hot on the heels of my Article called ‘Happy Nihilism’ first published in the West Wales Chronicle and now on ‘The Standup Philosophers’ site I accidentally found a branch of philosophical thought called ‘Absurdism’. I admit I’d vaguely heard of it before but didn’t pay any attention to it as the whole subject of philosophy is a rather wide church. As it says in the bible ‘In my father’s house there are many mansions’ or something like that, philosophy is no different.  It’s only natural to swim through it’s vast ocean of rational thought and occasionally encounter something you haven’t

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The Trump Card of Modern Nihilism – Entropy

The Trump Card of Modern Nihilism – Entropy

  Entropy is as fundamental a law of physics as the fundamental forces of nature, that being: Strong and Weak Nuclear forces, Electromagnetism and Gravity. It is the motive force that drives the arrow of time. Viewing entropy from a different angle I would say that entropy is the interplay between matter and energy, matter cannot be effected and therefore disordered without energy, the real prime mover of motion and change and vice-versa energy needs matter to act upon so its effects can be manifested in reality. This article, as a philosophical commentary, is about the implications of entropy. Also

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The Universe is Nihilist

The Universe is Nihilist

  Introduction One non-theistic school of philosophy which I can think of that discusses in great length life’s relation to the cosmos; the philosophy of nihilism.  Succinctly, a nihilist position on the cosmos would be to say that ‘since the universe does not come with an instruction manual there is no inherent purpose for life to accomplish and reach an end goal. ‘A nihilist sees that value is assigned, meaning is assigned, purpose is assigned by a subject upon an object. That there are no morals or values independent of consciousness because morals and values are abstract categories; products of

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