Who are the thinkers, in or out of academia, who are continuing to explore the meaning of our existence? Religions seem satisfied they have found the answers. However, given new technology in the area of understanding human nature and the eventual ability to capture our neurological functioning outside of our bodies, who are the people who are coming up with theories of mankind's purpose and role in the universe?
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J, thank you for introducing me to some of these writings! I did a google search n found essays under "The Greatest Challenge", many of which I really liked. I became less enchanted with some others, but I sent "Emotional Ecology" to my daughter:)
Noam Chomsky has ALWAYS interested me. In fact, my activist friend in Mpls was able to put a piece I wrote IN THE SAME little magazine that he was able to get Chomsky to contribute to. Protesters at the 2008 Republican convention handed it out.
Well, then, d.william, I'll have to start reading YOU!
Helen, my previous comment didn't show up, so excuse me if this is a duplicate. What I had written was simply that I will have to do a search and check this out. Maybe that would be an interesting hub is his work entrigues you :) I
I just have to assume someone forgot an L --- or is there some dude Wiber??
Sorry, my mistake - Wilber, not Wiber!
iii yii yii... and I just noticed all my errors! Embarrassed!
I had forgotten about Thomas Moore. I think his quotes were often in a little Catholic news brochure,"The Christophers," put out by Fr. James Keller. I used to save each of those brochures because they had really cool quotes. Thanks for reminding me!
Your answer is very interesting to me since, actually, this question popped into my head from reading another hub writer's question on science and religion! Life seems to be a fascinating puzzle with a large number of pieces missing, yet to be found.
You just reminded me ---- Jacob Bronowski. 73' is today kind of.
Ericdierker, How about Sam Harris, "The Moral Landscape?"
Yea but if you go down that road --- You got Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan and the Guthries, Bob I believe is the only man to win a Pulitzer and a Grammy and an Oscar -- so there is some credence there. And where you going to place Will Rogers???
mankind is "always" in a state of becoming. Religion has taught us a moral code.... but like the building blocks of kindergarten it should be thrown away. Quantum Physics is very much in line with the messages from Mystics, Elders, Gurus etc. Next!
My, my goodness! I just posted this question and you whipped out this small treatise? So I think you must have been thinking about thinking and reading and writing about thinking for a long time. Very interesting - love the cadence of this piece
Ah schucks. When I graduated back in 79 I thought about renting a small place and putting out a shingle that read -- Philosopher --- my mom convinced me to go to Law School instead. Worst advice she ever gave me ;-)
Resident, (tee hee) Thanks for stopping by. I like your style!
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I have been meaning to read that for YEARS! Now I will, Thanks so much Borsia. I think he wrote that a few years after Alan Watts wrote "The Book"
This one has been rattling around in my empty head --- Borsia,,, me thinks you are right -- I especially loved the "nuance of Socratic dialogue" with the boy