Sunday, October 11, 2009

Physical vs Mystical

One thing that I kept noticing in class was that there were always usually two answer to the deeper issues. There is the view describing what is in question in terms of the natural world according to its rules and physical properties. Particles build atoms, atoms build molecules, molecules build protein, protein builds dna, dna builds cells, cells build tissue, tissues build organs, organs build organisms, organism build families, families build communities, communities build cities, cities build states, states build nations, nations build empires, and empires spread through the planet, planets spread through the star systems, star systems spread through the galaxies, the galaxies spread through the universe. All the answers we need are here and obvious, measurable and provable, the evidence is everywhere and able to explain anything.

Then the there is the mystic view. God looks over us. We can't explain everything. We want to appreciate. The afterlife and eternity await after this world. What we don't know will always overpower what we don't know. Thing's we can't see roam this world. We could be anything in reality. We can't prove it or disprove it. The full extent of the universe is up for imagination. We are souls, we are animals, we are tricked by aliens. Someone was looking out for you when you had that good luck. Kharma can punish you. Somethings should be left to left to mystery. It's all a dream. Anything can happen.

It surprises me how these two views are often put against each other. When really they are describing the same thing, just as different pieces of the same coin. Some of things that happen scientifically are more wondrous than the greatest of legends. Statistically it's actually possible for anything to happen. Science revolutionizes what we believe as we make discoveries that change everything. We are into how to make cells keep us from aging, how to build energy force fields, how travel through space fast, how to make clones, how to makes pills that will do the same thing as exercise. The physical things and discoveries we aim for a thousand years ago would have been sought ridiculous and things of impossible magic. That just prove the mystery that exists what we can find out and do with the natural world. The concepts of fate and judgment from mystics are even sound possibilities for physicalists. This argument is that because all things are bound by natural rules and programmed by their surrounding which determines the path of their existence since before they existed. Everything happens for a reason. This an order to the universe. It may God it may it may not.

The things that lay beyond and in Earth are the most mysterious. The physical universe is mysterious. In order to find all the answers I think it will take the mindset of both tracks of thought, mystic and physicalist. I think that's why philosophy exists maybe to find some medium between them, and bring peace to what we know about the universe.

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