The nature of consciousness seems to be unique among scientific puzzles. Not only do neuroscientists have no fundamental explanation for how it arises from physical states of the brain, we are not even sure whether we ever will. Astronomers wonder what dark matter is, geologists seek the origins of life, and biologists try to understand cancer—all difficult problems, of course, yet at least we have some idea of how to go about investigating them and rough conceptions of what their solutions could look like. Our first-person experience, on the other hand, lies beyond the traditional methods of science. Following the philosopher David Chalmers, we call it the hard problem of consciousness.
But perhaps consciousness is not uniquely troublesome. Going back to Gottfried Leibniz and Immanuel Kant, philosophers of science have struggled with a lesser known, but equally hard, problem of matter. What is physical matter in and of itself, behind the mathematical structure described by physics? This problem, too, seems to lie beyond the traditional methods of science, because all we can observe is what matter does, not what it is in itself—the “software” of the universe but not its ultimate “hardware.” On the surface, these problems seem entirely separate. But a closer look reveals that they might be deeply connected.
Some amazing thoughts that will help jump-start 2017!
More than intelligence or wealth, what separates the truly successful individuals from the rest is the fact that they never give up. They never give up no matter how they started or how many times they
So often we focus on what we dislike when we look in the mirror, but we are so much more than our “flaws.” Show up, shine your light, let yourself be seen.
I have a question for you.Why are you doing what you are doing?Right now, at this moment, if you have a job, or are an entrepreneur – running your own business, why do you have that job? Why are you running that business? Have you thought about that recently? Now may be a good time to do just that.
Change is the essence of life. Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become. ~ Rumi
Happy Thursday everyone! Today’s truth is a lesson that happened to me just recently. I had made a rather big decision, only to realize that I didn’t have the means to execute my plan. Of course, this was met with a bit of disappointment. Here I had been, excited about finally making a bold decision, and the means to execute it was beyond my grasp.
I’m someone who always tries to seek out a solution. “I don’t believe in the No Win Scenario” is something Kirk and I definitely have in common. I did some research, looked up some alternative options…but nothing that would work properly.
Realizing the day was done and that there was likely nothing more that I could be doing to find a resolution, I decided to go to bed. Maybe tomorrow I’d come up with an epiphany that would solve this dilemma of mine.
The next morning I woke up, but no inspiration hit me. No new solutions. No new alternatives. I was in the same situation as I was the previous night. My decision couldn’t fully be executed. I decided to stop worrying about it (although I was still very disappointed), and focus on something else to make sure the rest of the day wasn’t wasted.
An hour or two later, I received a call. And there it was…a solution. The call had nothing to do with anything I had done. It was random. It was seemingly arbitrary. But it was exactly the solution that I needed.
I’m always going to believe that hard work, determination, persistence, perseverance, resilience…all of these are the keys to getting the things we want most in life. But sometimes, luck is also on our side. Sometimes waiting holds the answer we seek.
There are things that are out of our control. Sometimes, they work negatively against us. Other times, they work highly in our favour. When I realized that opportunity had just fallen into my lap, I couldn’t help but savour it.
These lucky moments in life, where things happen out of the blue, not really because of something we’d done, should be celebrated. Because as much fun creating our own luck can be, sometimes things just happen when we’re patient.