CRASH THE ROADBLOCKS

By Gary T                                                                                                      

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  • In the cosmos, what is more fundamental than matter and energy?

  • We argue that information is more fundamental. 

  • Information is language.

  • Minus language, life is insentient relegated to instinct.

  • As it is, language dominates and we are sentient beings free to discover.

  • Language is the algorithm of meaning, without which matter and energy would be unknowable.

  • There are problems with language we call roadblocks to meaning.

  • These roadblocks impede or prevent understanding and meaning.

  • They are bias, prejudice, stereotypes, caricatures, clichés and idioms.

  • These strong feelings and habits act as filter, altering perspective of reality.

  • The solution is to overcome these roadblocks by defining terms and concepts in new imaginative ways, therefore crashing through old thinking to meaning.

  • This amounts to seeing the old through new lenses.

  • We are oriented then to see through the visible to underlying invisible structure of meaning.

  • Discovery occurs through childlike attitude of mystery, wonder and awe of the cosmos.

  • Rudy Rucker professor of mathematics observed, "Thoughts are as real and important as objects."

  • In our consumerist world, the thought that ideas are as real as shopping malls is difficult to fathom.

  • Our jobs - what we do for a living - though necessary aren't the apex of meaning to life.

  • Realigning perspective of our career - seeing our job as part of the whole gives deeper understanding of how everything fits into the big-picture.

  • We are free then to reprioritize life through mystery, wonder and awe.

  • How do we begin the new journey of discovery?

  • Begin the internal conversation process asking consciously: What does it mean?

  • Start with any enjoyable activity: e.g. buy a telescope, read a great book, walk into the wild, plant a garden.

  • Any activity you love will begin the journey when you ask: how the piece fits into the big-picture? 

  • Observe!  Details are important.

  • Be relentless in the journey; don't let other people talk you out of the discovery process.

  • Learn how to listen to other people's ideas.  Make no judgment until you hear them out.

  • Begin to fit the many jigsaw pieces into the one big-picture.

  • You will experience a richer more fulfilled life when you discover meaning.

  • How long will it take for discovery?  Takes a lifetime, but is worth every moment.

  • Science is important, but it has lost the childlike approach.

  • Like Aristotle's blunder of forgetting experimentation, modern science too has its fatal blunder.

  • Science has philosophically painted itself into a corner called methodological naturalism - duty bound not to what is true, but to naturalistic explanation.

  • Science has part of the answer.

  • We have potential for discovering the second part of the answer.

  • Human beings are dichotomous: empirical person and spiritual person. 

  • Both neurons and pneuma interface as human control center.

  • The epigenetic algorithm of nature (genes) and nurture (environment) shapes empirical person.

  • The faith algorithm of meaning shapes spiritual person.

  • Tragedy often brings us to the point of the question: what does it mean?

  • Don't wait for the tragic moment.

  • Pursue order, symmetry and meaning in the present.

  • Language is the algorithm of meaning that unlocks the theory of everything.

  • We can respect another belief to the extent the belief corresponds to reality; to the extent belief is a distortion we must disagree.

  • Do we hope to overcome our hubris?

  • Do we seek meaning?

  • In all spheres of life ask: what does it mean?

  • Are we ready for the answers that will follow?

  • Are we patient for the answers?

  • Are we prepared for unexpected answers that come in unexpected ways?

  • Are we willing to endure?

  • Overcome the roadblocks of language.

  • Learn to listen without criticizing too early or embracing too soon.

  • Ready ourselves for mystery, wonder and awe.

  • Begin by admitting neither science nor we possess all the answers - after all we are finite not gods.

  • Believe there are answers.

  • Belief is not an enemy when it corresponds to reality.

  • We all remember science's most famous equation E=mc2.  How beautiful and simple Einstein's equation, and how deep the subterranean knowledge that lies beneath the surface.

  • Discovery will start amazingly simple, become increasingly complex until the boggle threshold is reached, then suddenly snap back like a stretched rubber band let go to a beautiful simplicity of order, symmetry and meaning.

 

 
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