Life, the Universe and Everything

What’s the meaning of life? How should we live our lives? Is everything predetermined or do we have a free will? Are we alone in the universe? How did it all begin? What happens if we create artificial general intelligence?

Some of these questions are ancient, some of them are newer. Regardless of age, they are relevant and it’s beneficial to occasionally set some time aside and think about them. As a matter of fact, you can consider yourself lucky if you have the chance to sit down and be philosophical. Most people in the world don’t have that luxury.

I’m not a philosopher and I don’t pretend to be one. I have no formal philosophical training and I don’t consider myself a great thinker in general. That doesn’t mean I can’t be interested in the same essential questions people have been asking for thousands of years.

I find it exciting to learn what others have thought about philosophical questions before diving deeper into them myself. It’s incredible how certain ideas have changed over the years, whereas some have not. In particular it’s interesting to see how science, for example physics, has changed the way we view and treat philosophical questions.

I also enjoy discussions where my thoughts are taken – with clear and well-formulated arguments – into directions, which intuitively feel wrong and off-putting. This sensation can be felt also by just listening to others having an interesting discussion.

Every now and then I stumble across an interesting question (new or old) and that’s when I write a blog post about it. You’ll find those posts summarised below. Typically I won’t have any answers to offer – just more questions. But I guess that’s the whole point of being philosophical.


Summary of blog posts on Philosophy 

 


Messier 96, a spiral galaxy just over 35 million light-years away in the constellation of Leo. Image by NASA.