posted on Feb, 4 2017 @ 12:48 PM
So what did I do today so far?
I got up at 5:30, had breakfast and my coffee n cig, then went to a cafe n typed the message above after checking your new posts.
Then I went to have brunch with some older guys and we talked some politics but I shifted the discussion to "where do you believe consciousness is
located and what exactly is consciousness" for fun.
This got them really going, I discussed how plants demonstrably exhibit consciousness (proven scientifically via experiments) and produce
neurochemicals associated with dreaming, feelings and emotions, etc, despite having no brain or detectable neurological systems.
Then I guided that discussion into physics and metaphysics, where we went over Aristotle and Plato, Stuart Mill, Hawking, Einstein, etc.
I got them to question big bang theory, singularity principles, spatial dimensions, gravity, superstrings, quantum entanglement and superlocation,
What is the nature of 'evidence, proof, facts vs opinions, what's an argument' stuff like this. What criteria and what contexts apply, what are the
definitions of these words we are using anyways?
Then we got into nominalism vs realism in terms of abstractions vs manifest physical examples of those abstractions; whereby I made the primary
realist argument that the most fundamental reality is that an idea, conceptualization, or type is the highest reality whereby physical things manifest
from - like a computer has programming, scripts, and a physics engine that leads to creating specific things from (like a level of a game is a
specific manifestation derived from the game engine).
Then somehow we went into gemstones like Alexandrite chrysoberyl, peridots, and the distinctions between these types of crystals and their origins
whether they are natural, synthetic, or simulated. Also the science behind why the Alexandrites change colors under natural or incandescent light
This then shifted to Richard Dawkins and why he's an arrogant, pretentious, narrow minded, self centered, patronizing, dishonest individual.
We agreed that there's no way to know with certainty how old Earth or the Universe is, and most seemed to like my claim it's less than one second
I then suggested that evolution is only a working theory but it has many problems, and that I'm still not convinced though I'm pretty well versed in
it and that I believe new forms of these theories will develop in the near future that better explain what's going on here, etc.
This is a short synopsis of this very eloquent and pleasing conversation I had this morning with these 4 gentlemen over coffee and pastries. It was
much deeper than this summery. I simply cannot convey it in as elaborate detail here as I'd like due to time constraints.
See what you're missing out on? I can and do talk about anything and am fun. Like did you know columbine is used to describe a color but it refers to
a pink hue present in the flowers of that name?
Last night a Chinese immigrant friend and I even had an hour long conversation about Chinese culture and writing, and pronunciation of various words,
their meanings, and why they mean those things.
Particularly we discussed "Shi Shi Shi Shi Shi", aka " The Lion Eating Poet in the Stone Den", that famous and funny book. I was fascinated with how
contextual clues allow for certain translations of various characters.
For example the character for "Eat, Eating" was also the same character for "Food" and strangely enough, "Eclipse".
I asked why Eclipse? Is it because like the moon eats the sunlight, therefore eclipse = eating?
He said yes, there's a legend about a dog eating the sun during eclipses, so "eating".
See this is interesting to me because in English we have totally different words to describe eating vs eclipses, and he actually agreed that English
is far more complicated than Chinese.
We talked about all sorts of misleading phrases in English, how it's heavy with sarcasm and uses bizarre terminologies yet you're expected to know the
implications, and even did some riddles.
I could go on n on lol.
Dammit you're missing out on me and I'm missing out on you! So frustrating!