Philip Snape

Christchurch, New Zealand

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Philip Snape
Posted over 2 years ago
Chris Anderson (TED): Questions no one knows the answers to
The meaning of universe, to me denotes oneness and unity in this version of existence. The word "Kotahitanga" in the Maori language could almost sum it up. Yes there is more than one version of existence - it is infinitely ebbing and flowing in unison with all other forms of existence. I do not know any other way of describing that which is a paradox :) Other (Alien) forms of life would exist only in a place that we cannot call part of our current existence, for this existence is not alien to us - I am unsure if this complicates things more or in fact over simplifies it.
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Philip Snape
Posted over 2 years ago
Chris Anderson (TED): Questions no one knows the answers to
"can humans truly become spontaneous without losing their psyche to a state of disorder" I wrote that in response to a discussion, before i watched this video. But now having seen the endless possibilities that can be imagined through string theory and other multi dimensional models of our reality - then yes I feel (and hope that) humans can overcome causality without losing their mind and soul to the destructive force of chaos. I am reminded by the intended audience of the video that there are more than one correct way of imagining this thing we call life :)
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Philip Snape
Posted over 2 years ago
Is there always a reason for something or can spontaniety exist in todays world? Can something really happen without any reason?
hmmm, my freewill let me choose the wrong place to click... perhaps good and evil are too heavy in our discussion though. ALL choices have consequence but only God is eternal and outside these consequences I feel. Are we talking too broad though? Should the question be defined as "can humans truly become spontaneous without losing their psyche to a state of disorder" I certainly experience this in my own life!
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Philip Snape
Posted over 2 years ago
Is there always a reason for something or can spontaniety exist in todays world? Can something really happen without any reason?
Sorry to interject.... I would like to suggest though that there is a duality between good and evil, God and Satan, order and chaos etc. So then to suggest chaos has resaon? I would like to think that it is God who acts out of reason (creation) and Satan who acts out of irrationality (destruction). The way I can explain this, is that once something has lived it's healthy life with the energy that is allocated to it when created, it will start to naturally disintegrate and decompose. I am not attempting to join a theological discussion, but I do hope to convince you that there are two states of being, life and death. Other synonymous words could include structured and random, and so I would say yes to the original intent of the question as I have interpreted it. Yes there is such a thing as spontenaity (usually denoted a positive connotation), but I would suggest that it will only lead to destruction (at least of the accepted status quo and given norms). The poet Bob Dylan possibly was the first to say "Get busy living or get busy dying". To sum up my position on this question that has been asked... we have freewill as human beings and so we must continually choose life or death. Yes there are consequences to everything that we do, but, we also have the choice to abstain from action until a better choice presents itself. Good question though - I have often doubted it my self :)
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Philip Snape
Posted over 2 years ago
Will we ever truly be able to model nature?
My thoughts would be that we as humans must exercise our ability of freewill as a core part of our human nature. Our ability to grow knowledge is secondary, yet equally as important since we are too far into history to just 'walk away and pretend like nothing happened'. So, if we are to grow our ability of freewill (choice), some would say that we must first have knowledge of good and evil, right and wrong, correct and incorrect etc. Surely though, growing our willpower to choose good, right, correct choices that will be best for the planet and the human species as a whole, does not require us to experiment with every other option until our resources are exhausted. Hmmmm.... perhaps this all sounds more like gospel than ideas, but will there ever be a time in history where humankind will become perfect? And what would humankind do with the key of life if it became ours? If we were able to replicate and manipulate any aspect of nature, would we use it for good or evil? Creation or destruction?
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Philip Snape
Posted over 2 years ago
Will we ever truly be able to model nature?
Well.... are we not a part of nature ourselves? I feel that in answering this question I am inclined to look to conclusions of a supernatural creator ("God") to account for the reasons that we have not yet replicated the process of forming diamond or gold. Yet, I also feel that you were not asking for a answer of the metaphysical type, but the purely physical type which possibly requires a different way of approaching the subject. Take diamond as an example though, we have not the resources or the expertise to create a perfectly flawed diamond - what we can do though is create a substitute with cubic zirconia. It will never will reach the point of truly copying diamond though, because each diamond in uniquely created and formed out of such scarce circumstances that we would be foolish to use our resources to imitate nature. Coming back to my introduction though, I rarely feel that I (personally) am not part of nature, and so to copy human nature in technology perhaps is more achievable. I feel that if we achieve this then it would be a small step until other parts of the created universe become copied in technology. First we need to understand human nature though.... "Aim to know the whole universe.... you will understand nothing, Aim to know yourself... and you will understand the whole universe"
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Philip Snape
Posted over 2 years ago
Where does our identity as being "human" come from?
One would have to look further at the nature of identity, and possibly human consciousness itself, to answer this question. But to remain concise, identity is ideally dynamic and fluid within a living culture - when one's identity becomes rigid and fixed then perhaps we would say that the culture is no longer allowed to grow and express itself in the way that is a best fit to its environment (internally and externally). Gender Identity is a prime example - what would you describe as masculine and feminine and are these potentially different from male and female? But to remain on the topic of human identity - we must choose (in my opinion) how we will express our humanity, through social discourses, through culture, through our ability to generate knowledge and technology even. Finally though, the point was raised that more bacterial cells inhabit a human body than human cells, which is fascinating - but unless these bacteria had some sort of social consciousness or identity, I would not identify myself as a bacteria colony. Nor would I call myself a machine simply because I use one. Question answered?