I’m currently reading Stephen Hawking’s most recent book (co-authored with Leonard Mlodinow) “The Grand Design” and was pleased to find the following paragraphs about free will. “Do people have free will? If we have free will, where in the evolutionary tree did it develop? Do blue-green algae or bacteria have free will, or is their […]
My mum is visiting from Bundaberg today and we got talking about philosophy this morning over coffee (as you do). I mentioned that the universe is eternal and infinite (because it incorporates all of space and time) and she pointed out that when she was growing up, that was how the Catholic nuns described God. […]
The latest edition of New Scientist has a fascinating article titled “Quantum shadows: The mystery of matter deepens” by Anil Ananthaswamy (requires free registration to read). It discusses recent experiments conducted to try (yet again) to determine why photons sometimes appear as particles and sometimes appear as waves (the famous “double slit” experiment). In this […]
Chrissy and I were sitting around a campfire near Noosa last night, talking about dreams. Most people have no problem with the idea that the world that exists inside their dreams, including themselves, their friends, family, inanimate objects, etc, are merely thoughts, brain spasms over which they have no control. They would have no problem […]
Inspired by a question from James Bryden, this video is about cognitive dissonance.
Answering questions about free will from the Facebook group.
A short video (about 10 minutes) talking about what life is like after the realisation that we are nothing but atoms. If you have ideas for subjects or questions for future videos, let me know in the comments section.
I thought it might be interesting to quickly review some of the most famous scriptures and writings from various religions and gurus to see how they map against the science discussed in the Three Illusions book. It is, of course, easy to overlay any framework onto many of the ancient writings, as they tend to […]
If you’re looking for some good concrete examples to demonstrate how our minds create the illusion of the world around us, check out this site that Ian shared with us over on the Three Illusions Facebook group.
Brian Greene explains why space and time are part of a single continuum and why that means that everything that will ever happen HAS ALREADY HAPPENED somewhere in space-time. As I try to explain in the book, this means it is pointless to worry about what might happen in the future. If it HAS ALREADY […]