reply to post by smithjustinb
I believe life is inevitable. I believe that life was in the making, built into the system, from the start.
Cosmologists call this the Anthropic Principle, and distinguish between two versions, the weak and the strong. To us, the universe looks perfectly
attuned to life, and strong anthropists argue that it is, therefore, so attuned. But it doesn't have to have been designed
that way; it's easy
enough to see that it could well have taken a different form, one hostile to life, in which case nobody would be around to observe how ill-fitted for
life it was...
I think awareness, or whatever, exists independently of what we call, "animate life" almost like it is the 11 dimensional space itself or
either what matter really is in its essence. And I think this awareness connects us all.
Perhaps, but there seems to be no good evidence for believing this. Of course one often feels a sort of intuitive or emotional connexion with other
life. I saw blue whales close by for the first time the other day and was struck by how vividly alive
they were – despite their enormous
size, they were obviously flesh and blood, full of that elusive quality we call 'vitality', which is something different from awareness. And I have
spent time in the Himalayas and some of the world's desert places, so I know how, especially in solitude or near-solitude, an entire landscape can
seem living, or even aware. But these feelings come from within us, not from the whales or the landscape; they are a response
to these external
I am fond of such feelings, and treasure them on the rare occasions when they are evoked in me. However, I don't see in them something 'beyond the
veil' of materiality. I think they are products, or possibly by-products (possibly even vestigial
) of the way our brains and
bodies have evolved to interpret and take advantage of the world. I understand that for many people such an explanation seems mechanistic and
unsatisfactory; I can only reply that I find it more satisfying to experience such feelings than to speculate about them, and that my garden seems
beautiful enough to me without fairies at the bottom of it.
The more I write, the more I want to call awareness, "space".
edit on 7/1/13 by Astyanax because: it was a lumpier before.