Carbon Copies, Reincarnation in Materialist Form – Part 1

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Carbon Copies, Reincarnation in Materialist Form – Part 1

Carbon Copies, Reincarnation in Materialist Form – Part 1

Did you know that due to the nature of matter that given enough time, material and space there will at some or other have to be an identical copy of you? The bigger the universe gets the more likely there is to be a copy of you out there somewhere and that’s because in the approximate 1 cubic meter of space that you inhabit there’s only so many finite combinations of matter that can occur, hence the idea that if it was physically possible to traverse the universe, it’s highly likely that you could not only meet your doppelganger, but

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La Mettrie’s Anti-Seneca

La Mettrie’s Anti-Seneca

    Intro The philosopher physician returns and this time he brings his own ethics on happiness. However, his ethics sharply contrasts with that of the stoics putting forward hedonism over virtue (but not over the pleasure derived from collecting new knowledge it must be said). First published in 1748, while shacking up at Fredrick’s court, Anti-Seneca had gone through many revisions, rewritten many times by La Mettrie for the purpose of perfecting his morality drawn from his own interpretation of materialism. As is typical with our darling philosopher physician, contention, controversy and condemnation trails not far behind him with

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On The Nature Of Things

On The Nature Of Things

    Introduction The star of this article is Lucretius, a Roman poet living within 1st BCE Republican Rome. What makes this poet extraordinary and quite unique is that he wrote an epic length poem not of romance, heroism, adventure or any of that sentimental claptrap but wrote a philosophical poem on that of nature. You see, Lucretius was both a poet and a philosopher who synthesised the two into his magnum opus, The Nature of Things (De Rerum Natura, in Latin) a work dedicated to Epicurean philosophy. Typical of all works of naturalistic philosophy you will begin to notice

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Pessimism of Birth by Lucretius

Pessimism of Birth by Lucretius

    A Human Baby’s like a sailor washed up on a beach    By the battering of the surf, naked, lacking the power of  speech, Possessing no mean of survival, when first Nature pours Him forth with birth-pangs from his mother’s womb upon Light’s shores. He fills the room up with his sorrowful squalls, and rightly so! – Just think what lies in store for him, Life’s full supply of woe.  

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La Mettrie’s Machine Man

La Mettrie’s Machine Man

Just to clarify, We begin with Descartes’ dualistic Cartesian animal-machine idea (which was popular at the time) which viewed all animals, except humanity, as automatons, as complex machines without an immortal soul. The mind/soul of man was separate from his material body it was argued, man was thought to be a special snowflake whose essence transcended the mere sum of his parts. This idea bode well with the theological narrative and wasn’t repressed by censorship. La Mettrie admired this idea of Descartes, but disagreed with its formula being that only animals were without souls, he thought Descartes mistaken as he says:

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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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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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What is Entropy?

What is Entropy?

  This article is a preliminary for The Trump Card of Modern Nihilism – Entropy  The word entropy is Greek for ‘inside transformation’ which is why it makes sense in thermodynamics, which is the law that encapsulates the process of entropy, as this definition shows: the second law of thermodynamics states that the entropy of a closed system will always increase. The second law of thermodynamics dictates that systems and objects change, more and more into a disordered state. Entropy increases in a system as time passes, the term isolated system means a system that cannot exchange energy, materials or anything else in its environment and with

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