Peter Brown


How did the Universe begin?

Pick a metaphor. Traditional choices are -object made or -physiologic function -breathing, thinking, sex- by one or more progenitors. Recent science-y explanation seems to be a traditional choice from the pov event.

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What is the Universe made of?

Trick question. Everything.

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What is the origin of good?

Christopher Boehm I- good originates when a moral community forms to redress an injustice.

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What is the origin of evil?

CB II-evil originates when a moral community is unable to function.

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Is there free will?

Yes. Small but useful in the right place. Think fulcrum.

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What is the nature of the mind?

Another trick question. Mind does not exist and therefore cannot have any nature except in the plural. The nature of mind is the interaction of minds- and no vats allowed.

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How do you find happiness?

I worry constantly about my children. This technique does not work.

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How do you find truth?

By not seeking truth. Seek and identify my biases. Rinse and repeat.

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What is the meaning of life?

I don't know. But, let us begin with the answer to number seven.

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What is the role of evolution?

A window on life that provides an apparently irresistible temptation for some people to put up tacky drapes. Read Depew /Weber - Darwinism evolving.

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What happens after death?

Not only a trick question but malevolent. Even, or especially, if the answer matters to you, keep your focus on now.

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Who or what is God?

I like James Hillman's answer- anything that frustrates my wishes or expectations.

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What is going to happen to humankind?

Another toxic question. We have current awareness, so-so memory and fears-wishes to work with. Think Nostradamus with Alzheimer's. Stay with now. Really.

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What question is missing?

I agree with Dr. Guo. What is the gap between what I say about my worldview and what I do in the world- aka my true worldview.

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