x. General Views on Life and Stuff -retired- -look at 'Thoughts'
Here's an article on my general views on, to sound clichéd, life, the universe and everything.
-I'm a determinist, as in, I don't believe in human free will. Though its true that there are natural processes that are inherently undeterministic, human free will is deterministic. Atleast unless someone shows that quantum mechanics is involved in brain activity such that decisions become indeterministic. I feel that the belief in the soul, in free will, and in ego are inherently related and lead to each other. The "soul" and "ego" connote some inner entity, in whose existence I don't believe.
-Emotions,feelings,thoughts etc etc...are simply the work of neurons firing away in certain patterns. This may sound rather unromantic and cold to attribute emotion to just neurons firing but actually I think its pretty amazing that such simple things can give rise to such complex thought processes.
-I'm agnostic. Why? Because this idea of a supreme being seems to have been cleverly framed in a such a way that it cannot be disproved. Concomitantly, it cannot be proved either.
-Life is pretty pointless, you come into this world with nothing and you leave with nothing, anything you do will keep dimnishing in significance till it is completely lost. The only way you can possibly live on in this world is through your children. Some say the point of life is happiness, but what does pursuing happiness lead to? Nothing, because you will die anyway.
-I don't agree with Kant's categorical imperative, because I feel it only applies in a perfect world - it's idealistic. Though admittedly it is very elegant and I wish I agreed with it.
-I don't take the nihilism to the point of unbridled hedonism, I prefer secular humanism, because IMHO secular humanism can lead to a happier life for everyone. Related to the above point.
-Besides hedonism is paradoxical, since you use your intellect to decide that the point of life is pleasure, which makes you as good as an animal without any intellect.
-Speaking of animals, I feel humans have greater rights than animals because nothing exists outside of human consciousness. Ofourse, be nice to them, I'm not saying they have no rights.
-Everyone should do a basic course in or read about basic philosophy, psychology and science because without these you can't understand the world. You may say that ignorance is bliss, but ignorance is not bliss, it is a false bliss. Only when you know, are you ignorant, because the knowledge you gain opens your eye to how much you don't know and don't understand.
-Politically, a Social Democrat. You need entrepreneurship and private enterprise but on the other hand you need universal healthcare, schooling and some amount of welfare.
-I think I agree with the communitarian movement, I just haven't dug deep enough, but I like what I've read.
-On art, I believe the appreciation of art is completely subjective, your tastes will not match anyone else's and that art is the result of some sort of inner urge to express onself. For me, the final resulting work of art is more important than the process of its creation - the whole what does it mean. Art uses the everyday to create something gestalt, that gestalt lies in the intepretation. Art only has relative/subjective and no objective/absolute value.
Thats all for now, I hope I haven't muddled up the terms, I know what I believe in but I'm not too good at labeling the beliefs. I'm sure some of these sound naïve but I haven't the time to explore philosophy fully.