Michael O'Connor

Portland, OR, United States

About Michael

Areas of Expertise

Consciousness & the Nature of Reality

An idea worth spreading

Reality can only exist if it is being experienced. This is the most important fundamental truths of existence.

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Michael O'Connor
Posted over 2 years ago
Paul Gilding: The Earth is full
I have hope. Soon we will give up capital because it is a metric that doesn't show us what we need. I see cloud computing moving into bio-metrics, which could give us information we need. Through shared information will come a shared understanding. And with that understanding will come a shared responsibility and purpose. The concept of ownership is a deluded perception of reality. You may have pieces of paper with words on them, or a number in an account. You can lock your doors thinking you have something, but you don't, you can't. What you have is your body and your mind. You can put clothes on yourself and occupy space. Capital is just a psychological tool to control our behavior. A system for counting that has gotten radically skewed. It is just a number with some words that effect how we exist in our environment. It can be different. We have a choice. I did not pick capitalism, I was born into it. The soft approach to the transformation would be to democratize corporations. Where corporate citizens would be elected by the community they served. And things could start becoming fair. The hard approach would be to build an effective shadow currency that feeds the poor. And do it in a way that it can absorb capital without having to use much of it. Then use the capital against capitalism. The way to do this is through community development. It all comes down to how many people you know, how often do you interact with them and the quality of interaction. The majority of human capital (and growth of capacities) is either wasted or exploited. We can change things fast and take our future back. We can have an economy that can end human suffering and we can have peace. Where we can nurture a harmonic diversity of life on this planet together. We have free will and a choice. The knowledge of good and evil is exactly that, knowledge. Just an idea. I'm going to give it a go and see what comes out of it. What else is there for a poor philosopher to do?
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Michael O'Connor
Posted over 2 years ago
Bill Gates: Innovating to zero!
Independent internationally diplomacy is going to be a highly lucrative field in the near future. One of the things that were looking at is, how do we change our behavior? This concept feeds into a highly active debate about determinism and the possibility of free-will. The problem I think with determinism is that there is something very specific that we cannot know which is infinity. It goes two ways in and out, and it's everywhere. So maybe we can change fate.
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Michael O'Connor
Posted over 2 years ago
Julian Baggini: Is there a real you?
I believe that you can discover the true self and we can shape it. Now if we create our true self, there is an "I" that is creating. We may not be able to see this in the brain, but we experience it as an observer. And I believe this is where the complicated concept of free-will comes in. If there is an "I" that can shape my "self" then I am a man in the machine. And "shaping" the self is learning how to operate the machine. We may not be able to see a place where all the information connects in the brain, but we experience our attention as a particular point in space as it flows through time. We experience a point, but see no point in the brain. Now the big mystery is how the attention travels from the dimension we all share, then into the dimension of the mind's eye. This is where determinism would have a hard time, because the space-time of the minds eye is not bound by the rules of the space-time we share. And it is in this space where free-will, if it were to exist, could change fate. If there is an "I" that can shape the self, is that an argument for free-will and against determinism?