Peter LaNova

Healthcare professional, CPA, thinker.


What is the Universe made of?

I think it's mostly hydrogen, been a while since chemistry class

February 26, 2019

What is the origin of good?

see answer for evil

February 26, 2019

What is the origin of evil?

I don't think there is such a thing as good and evil at the universal level. Good and evil are subjective based on perspective. At the human level there is a belief that good perpetuates things and evil goes against what is human. But at the grand universe level, we are just a spec of dust in the enormity that exists and most of existence couldn't care less about our perceptions. I still think this is an important question for "us" (us = humans).

February 26, 2019

Is there free will?

Determinism is such a complex web that we have the appearance of free will. So at an individual level, we do have "choices", but ultimately given the same exact situation we would "choose" the same thing every time. This is a liberating concept instead of the classic "than why even try". We are still the people we are and our lives matter as a sample of one and because we can't even begin to fathom the inputs into our formula it is a fun ride that no one can ever totally predict. The one caveat, is that of chance (at the theoretical level). If for example I choose between two majors (real life example) by flipping a coin I have still have made the determined choice to leave my life in the hands of a coin. Would my life have been different, yes, but I would have made the choice to flip the coin every time. From there I simply moved from one life path to an alternate one and then continued to react to the situations placed in front of me.

February 26, 2019

How do you find happiness?

Wanting what you already have and making progress. If today is better than yesterday we will have grown and in growth there is progress.

February 26, 2019

How do you find truth?

A huge amount of this is human perspective, but for the most part it is all because of our limitations of being human. That said, I truly believe the scientific method developed ages ago is our best approach as a species.

February 26, 2019

What is the meaning of life?

To eternally chase this question and once we find something that we connect with, to create. In life things grow or erode. Therefore we can create or destroy. We all have the capability of both, but creation is the only way to leave a mark. For many of us that will mean family and kids for others it'll be bringing the fruits of our thoughts into reality.

February 26, 2019

What is the role of evolution?

I think if you strip this question of attached emotions around the creationism/evolution argument it comes down to simply surviving and thriving in the environment presented to you. Whether that is physical/genetic or thought, we evolve and adapt to the situation.

February 26, 2019

What happens after death?

In the ideal situation, I hope there is more. Realistically I haven't seen any evidence to that end, which I know leads us to the definition of faith. It is a thought I haven't been able to shake as a man raised catholic. What I realized after some time is how liberating this thought has become. The fact that any of us even has a conscious thought is the biggest luck box jackpot situation possible. Of all the things in the universe, to be something capable of understanding the concept of a timeline (past, present, future) is nothing short of unbelievable. If this is truly all we have, treat it as heaven. To boil it down, you do you, just be conscious of not doing harm to others. With that in mind, if there is "hope/faith" in something else we will have lived our best lives and hopefully earned our way into something eternal as well.

February 26, 2019

Who or what is God?

God or the God Concept is an innate part of who we are as human beings. It manifests itself in many different ways, but all of them address our biggest unanswered questions. 1. Purpose and Meaning 2. Love and Belonging 3. To Explain the Unknown and/or the Uncontrollable

February 26, 2019

What is going to happen to humankind?

I am the eternal optimist over a long enough scale. On a day to day or even year to year scale you can convince me things have taken a step back, but if you took an average day for a person every hundred years and compared even the last 20 days it'll be hard to convince me things aren't getting exponentially better. Medicine used to focus on how leeches could solve most things, today we can transplant a heart, and in 200 years I know we will look back at the medicine of today and think how it was still such a blunt instrument. Sending a message actually meant sending a messenger, the most famous being that of the marathon. Now I can type this thought and in almost the same instance some person on the other side of the globe can read it. We travel in flying metal cans. I can wake up in one place and within the same day be in a totally different climate. Only the bravest people spending a huge portion of their lives used to do that. In fact, everywhere you look it's hard not to be amazed and inspired by the capability of the human mind. It is with that inspiration and awe that I know we still have an astonishing bright future. Do we have issues of today, no doubt, but I truly believe that we have enough minds out there willing and capable of fixing it.

February 26, 2019