Thinking About Thinking Series: The Circumstances around us are changing faster than we can

Jeff CarreiraBlog Posts, Philosophical Inquiry16 Comments

The world and everything in it is changing all the time, and our beliefs about it all must change at least as quickly.

 Often they don’t.

 We find ourselves stuck in beliefs whose time has passed,

not knowing which questions to ask

or what direction to take forward.

 What beliefs are you holding onto right now?

 How are you evaluating the validity of those beliefs?

 Are you ready to let them go when it is time to change?

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mary
8 years ago

when we are overwhelmed (chemically, emotionally/mentally and physically hyperstimulated) practicing the art of the “empty force” of qigong might be helpful.
(i’m just saying….)

portailevolutif
8 years ago

I am lost in between the Scientific worldview and Spiritual aspirations. Need some help to find a direction where to go since at the moment I have achieved a state of great confusion ! Love, C.

Frank Luke
8 years ago

Now in my 70s, I’m comfortable not feeling I need to be so up-to-speed on everything. I’m grateful for the holistic coverage I get from NPR and PBS where I glance at print news headlines and have heard about it already. The tsunami of info that deluges us has been exciting and overwhelming. I accept I’ll not be in-the-know about it all but mostly grageful for the advances in knowledge and dispelling of much which has proven false. The evolution of humanity and of revelations of more truthful knowledge of the world and universe we inhabit will undoubetdly continue to… Read more »

DonBriddell
8 years ago

The question of how to change or not to change anything, be it beliefs, occupation, circumstances, etc., is for me a matter of CONTEXT and to find a context is to find oneself. Hence the value of meditation, yoga, and metaphysics in general. As a scientist, that for me is also a matter of context. The context of science is “believability”, does it make sense or not. Because that is the context, you cannot assume quantum mechanics and general relativity are correct for they leave lots of things unanswered, and demand unprovable conclusions for them to be correct such as… Read more »

DonBriddell
8 years ago

Frank Luke,
Very much like your comments; a wonderful statement.

Glenn Borchardt
8 years ago

C:

To find out the difference between science and religion, read “The Ten Assumptions of Science.”

DonBriddell
8 years ago

Glenn,
Fancy finding you here. Nice to see a NPAer also interested in broad philosophical issues.
Don

Glenn Borchardt
8 years ago
Reply to  DonBriddell

Don:

Same here. Just trying to get the neo-Darwinians to include the rest of the universe. It isn’t just biology that evolves, you know.

ftkl1234
8 years ago

Hey Don, I so much appreciate your kind comment! Getting feedback makes blogging so much more enjoyable and liv than simply taling to the wind. Aloha, best regards, Frank Luke

ftkl1234
8 years ago

Spellcheck to the above: enjoyable and live than simply talking to the wind.

DonBriddell
8 years ago

Glenn,
Quite true. Everything evolves. As Bucky said,” Even being wrong is right, because you learn from mistakes.”
Will you be at NPA-19 in Albuquerque. Trying to get a paper done on a replacement for the Uncertainty where position and momentum can be known at the same time. This is called “Multiple Certainty”. Its an issue of the geometry (topology).
Don

Glenn Borchardt
8 years ago
Reply to  DonBriddell

Yep. Will be there. See our abstract on the cause of gravity.

ftkl1234
8 years ago

Hi Don, re: As Bucky said,” Even being wrong is right, because you learn from mistakes.”

It’s said that being Enlightened means not makling mistakes any more. If every “mistake” is a learning op, then they wouldn’t really be a mistake, would it? Especially if it results in a breakthrough and/or solution.

ftkl1234
8 years ago

Afterthought re: Enlightened means not makling mistakes any more.

That may be so but could it also mean that everything can be rationalized well ?

ftkl1234
8 years ago

Forgot to correct: makling > making

Glenn Borchardt
8 years ago

Jeff and all:
Sounds like you might like to read “The Scientific Worldview,” which starts out with Huxley’s famous quote and proceeds to give the answer.