Back in 2010, a group of researchers conducted an experiment on the intelligence of a type of fungus, slime mold(Physarum).
The slime mold was, “presented with oat flakes arranged in the pattern of Japanese cities around Tokyo, brainless, single-celled slime molds construct networks of nutrient-channeling tubes that are strikingly similar to the layout of the Japanese raise system.”
Well, a group of engineers had spent countless hours experimenting with the most efficient system for Japan’s rail system. However, the slime mold figured this almost identical rail system out much more quickly.
All the engineers had needed to do was…ask the slime mold. …
Have you ever thought to yourself, what am I taking as a given?
And particularly, what am I taking as a given about my conscious experience?
Do you think what we observe from the physical world is where we should gather the entirety of our knowledge? I’m assuming the common answer to this question among many is: “yes, we should!”
Have we all looked up all the information on this matter and determined, yup, this is where we should gather our knowledge about the universe or the cosmos!
I want you to reconsider how we rethink consciousness, be open to it, and see if it alters your answer to the questions just mentioned. …
The ancient Stoics continue to rise as go to reading for understanding the modern human condition. A way to deal with everyday life!
Including dealing with the day-to-day mundane and major traumas that can occur as we journey through life.
Be it a death of a child, death of a close family member, financial distress, a broken heart, and the many other obstacles we must face in life at some point.
And the ancient Stoics dealt with hardships of their own, from poverty, being sentenced to death, getting exiled, sold into slavery, and their list goes on!
But through all of life’s ups and downs, we must observe the lessons presented to us—and learn. When we learn to process the obstacles of life, we learn to celebrate life while building resilience to future obstacles. …
I am you.
Well, actually I’m you and not you. I’m the thing all humans suppress. I’m the place of doubt everyone fears going. I’m that void we all have, yet we all need.
I am the doubter. I am the questioner. I am chaos.
But when understood….I can be peace.
When understood you can move beyond my chaos.
I am everything. I am nothing. I am an unavoidable paradox. I am something and I am nothing.
Some call me God. Some call me an illusion. Some call me the truth. Some call me knowledge.
Yet, here I am within you, within everyone. …
A Philosopher’s Stone has seen a surge in readership. Much love to everyone for the support and curiosity in the publication.
From this support, Medium has taken notice of the publication!
What does this mean?
Well, anything published through our publication gets (at least) curated in the philosophy section throughout Medium.
So this has led to a lot more interest in the publication…including an overwhelming amount of emails of people looking to be writers. I’m hoping to catch some of you through this newsletter.
Anyway, I’m saying that I’ll get to your writer's application, but I need time to work through all of them while still editing and posting content on A Philosopher’s Stone. …
Have you ever wondered, how well do you really know yourself? As Plato once said, “know thyself.”
Typically, when we contemplate whether we know ourselves, the thoughts that come into our minds are our desires, values, and beliefs about the universe. These characteristics we form around ourselves is our code; something the “I” we create for ourselves identifies with. That saying, ‘every man has a code,’ we all do. You have a code that you see the world through and make decisions with, it’s the conscious ego. That code is customizable and changeable.
But what can we do with this awareness? We can ask ourselves, who am I? That’s really the most reliable thing you have, knowing yourself. …
Let’s consider the question, what is consciousness?
I’m fascinated by this question because it’s mostly still a mystery. As in we don’t really know what consciousness is, why it happens, or why it exists!
This might be the most difficult and complex question facing philosophy. To examine this question, I’ll provide a language distinction for two important variables — the mind and the brain. The brain refers to our three-pound walnut-shaped organ placed on top of our spinal cord, the organs that routinely fires off one hundred billion neurons.
Now, the juicy part for today, the mind, the mind that is the mental state produced by the brain such as visual sensations, emotions, memories, thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs. It’s the you experiencing this right now that has created mental state experiencing this right now. …
With the mystery of consciousness having a resurgence, the renewed acceptance of mind-altering substances, and the lack of progress in understanding consciousness through scientific research. I think it’s important to reopen the discussion around metaphysics.
Metaphysics is the field of study around the fundamental nature of reality. Trying to understand the nature of the physical world, understanding supernatural experience, and what might exist in the great beyond — if that’s even part of our reality — beyond.
Metaphysics is an interesting area of study because it looks to understand the most fundamental assumptions we have about reality. It’s a field that no matter the knowledge you gather, you must remain open to the possibility of changing your mind — always. Our metaphysics, especially around consciousness, remains a mysterious field of study to this day. …
What is morality? A difficult question that comes loaded with a variety of answers depending upon who you ask. Cultures, groups, and societies across the world lack a universal consensus about moral absolutes. Maybe the more important question is, do we live in a universe with objective laws of morality that says you should be kind, love your neighbor, and value the rights of all?
Even if our understanding of morality — a consensus — that helps benefit the progression of society, this agreement doesn’t make these moral laws any more real when comparing them to their existence in the external universe. …
People in our society who think outside the box, look at the pursuit of knowledge with wonder, and carefully reason through the world are seen as unique and gifted thinkers. But how do we make this a norm? How do we insert thinking for ourselves back into the foundation of our world? Enter philosophy.
At its core, philosophy is the study of everything, from the nature of knowledge, truth, existence, meaning, and purpose. It’s the pursuit of wonder, the embrace of thinking, and respect for inner reflection. …