Sunday, April 29, 2007

Life and rationality

There is nothing purely rational about sex. We understand why it happens, but at its root it is still somewhat bizarre. So are many things in human life. Perhaps that is why some religions have rejected sex, and emotion, and life on this earth in exchange for life on the next earth. Sex as an overriding drive in human life - as much as we tell ourselves this is natural and right, it does not come naturally to us. Some struggle with how weird life is.

Perhaps the world's existence is like sex - there's no fundamental reason for it except that it is the natural state of the world.

Partially inspired by this article: "The urgent and primary questions of the universe have been undertaken by those physicists who are trying to explain the origins of everything with grand unified theories. But as exciting and glamorous as these theories are, they are an evasion, if not a reversal, of the central mystery of knowledge: that the laws of the world were somehow created to produce the observer. And more important than this, that the observer in a significant sense creates reality and not the other way around. Recognition of this insight leads to a single theory that unifies our understanding of the world."

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