Geeked-Out Soul wants your big delicious BRAAAIINS…

brainIf this blog does what I want it to do, what will that look like?  Simple:

The biggest brains
working on
the biggest questions.

There’s some history behind why our biggest brains today avoid the biggest questions:

The Greeks chopped up the world into 2 pieces–the real world of ideal forms, and the illusory world of space, time, and matter.  That’s why all their biggest brains focused on the “real world” of logic, instead of observing and experimenting with natural phenomena and illusory “data.”

The Medieval world adopted this structure, changing the labels to “spirit” and “flesh,” but left the idea basically unchanged.

The Enlightenment took this structure and flipped it upside-down: Now, the fleshly world of appearances (and natural phenomena and observation and data) were considered the “real world,” and all “spiritual” matters were relegated to subjective matters that you can play with in your own head (but don’t think for a minute that they have anything to do with actual reality).

adbusters_joyThe thing is… the spiritual questions are still there, and you can’t live without having some kind of answer to them. What is the meaning of life?  Why am I here?  What is a good life? What is true, good, and beautiful?  Because we’ve been taught to devalue (and often ignore) these questions, we have become easy prey for corporations and nation-states eager to answer these questions for us:

“A good life is one that purchases our products, works in our factories, and fights our wars.”

The best minds of our world owe humanity better answers to those questions.

And the first step is to click UNDO on those tired old dualisms that chop reality into 2 pieces.  To start thinking together the WHAT and the WHY.  To become Real-World Theologians willing to learn from scientific discovery, and Spiritual Scientists willing to ask questions that cannot be answered by science.

That’s what our success will look like.

 

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  • mhargus

    I’m not sure how big my brain is, but it gives me enough mobility to brew some coffee in the morning and practice some armchair philosophy.

    I want to quickly comment on one paragraph in particular from this post, and really one sentence: “…the spiritual questions are still there, and you can’t live without having some kind of answer to them.”

    I think I understand the drive behind that statement, that maybe empiricism isn’t the only (or even best) source of answers. I do, however, have a personal distaste for the word “spiritual” and how it tends to be thrown around without a good definition far too often. When I read that sentence, I can’t help but think:

    — What’s a “spiritual question”?
    — Do they all have answers we can know?
    — If I don’t have an answer, should I pick one from the possible candidates?
    — Why does Starbucks insist on using nonsensical name for their drink sizes?

    I suppose what I’m getting at is a request for clarity. As an empiricist at heart, I’m trying to acknowledge the ways in which philosophy can inform our search for truth, but I think it’s so important to communicate our ideas and questions clearly if we’re to get anywhere.

    I share your passion for working through big ideas with friends. This quote from David Hulme sums it up nicely for me:

    “The truth springs from arguments amongst friends.”

    I think what you’re asking for here is balance in our search for answers, and if that’s the case, I am fully on board with you Mr. Stonecypher. It’s late and I’ve rambled enough. Let me know your thoughts.

    • An example of a spiritual question would be “Has anyone made the coffee yet?”

    • I think we’re basically on the same page here; I’m not a huge fan of the word “spiritual” either, bc it means so many things that it’s close to meaning nothing. I use it bc it’s a word a lot of people are willing to apply to themselves, and that makes it possible to open this conversation I want to have.

      When I say “spiritual question,” I mean a question about ultimate meaning, about the source, condition, and goal of the cosmos. Science is good at answering What/How/When questions. I’m talking about what’s left — the WHY questions. If you see a building being built, the only way to know what its FOR is to wait til it’s done, or maybe you’ll be lucky enough that the builder will talk to you and tell you why he’s building it.

      I’d kind of like to use the word “theology” more, but I want to leave the conversation open to people who don’t believe in a “Theos.”

      Nice to make contact with you, mhargus. 🙂

  • carlholmes

    I’m in! Duality I believe is one reason we have tired souls and dead religion. Life is so much more fun when you keep both in mind and let the world speak.

    • I agree! When you see the most important aspects of life as a sort of second-class “reality,” it really takes the wind out of your sails.