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How I Freed My Mind From The Cult of Materialism
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How I Freed My Mind From The Cult of Materialism

Quote:It is a curious fact that we have successfully used our minds to penetrate profound secrets of the physical universe; but when it comes to grasping the nature of our minds, we are baffled.[i] This is the famous mind-body problem, the “hard” problem being to account for our consciousness, which is utterly unlike anything physical.  The mind, it seems, has a hard time trying to understand itself.

In this essay, I describe how I evolved my view of the subject, which is deeply at odds with mainstream physicalism.  Without putting a label on my view, there were two kinds of crucial step I had to take, theoretical and empirical.
"Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible Sun within us."

  -Thomas Browne
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Quote:Does the philosophy of materialism work to destroy our identities, experience, and environment? Join narrator Daphne Ellis on a radical romp through the evidence and decide for yourself.

"Very well done. A visual treat with its heart in the right place and a clear point of view."
Peter Davis - Academy Award-winning Director of "Hearts and Minds".

"Handsomely assembled and narrated with articulate insight, Escape! From the Cult of Materialism is an intelligent and thought-provoking film." - TopDocumentaryFilms.com

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"Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible Sun within us."

  -Thomas Browne
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Interesting.

Struck a nerve on something I've been pondering lately. With the continued march of technology forward, I can envision a time (not too far off from now) where energy is ubiquitous (e.g., solar) and material to mold with this energy is abundant as well (e.g., 3d printers, drones moving raw materials, etc.). As many who have thought about this at levels beyond me have discussed, things like a UBI could come into play.

My thought has been: If materialistic objects, both necessities and luxuries, are abundant and virtually "free" how would society react? I mean those who seek power for power's sake would need to do what? There'd be no money to control; no energy; nothing material. Other people would not be reliant upon other people in the traditional power/powerless model. Are we even wired to survive in such a fanciful world?
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I wouldn't underestimate our ability to contrive some form of power based competition.
Hell, some of us apparently are still fixated on skin pigmentation.
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(08-20-2017, 01:52 AM)Oleo Wrote: I wouldn't underestimate  our ability  to contrive some form of power based competition.
Hell, some of us apparently are still fixated on skin pigmentation.

Agreed.  I just can't think of a good example.

Say there are two worlds, identical in every way.  There is nothing on World Beta that isn't also on/available on World Alpha.  People on both planets have access to unlimited energy and the same technology and the same levels of natural resources.  Everything is in abundance if you will.

What would ever prompt people on Alpha (or Beta) to vie for power over other humans or other worlds?

I'm sure someone can come up with something.  I just struggle with the word "power" in a world of near complete abundance.
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Given those parameters, my inclination would be to completely agree. But this little voice in my head keeps reminding me of the bumper sticker that reads. Where am i going and why am I in this handbasket?
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Given that the afterlife probably has no need for money or material possessions, there is nevertheless probably some kind of manifested reality for those who believe there must be a power struggle. That would also include those who believe they must be dominated and subservient.
"I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.” ― C.G. Jung
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