Beliefs are part of a coherent system, but desires don't so it is hard for us to prevent ourselves from "catching a desire" from other people.
What it means to be human when the machines taking on more and more of the attributes we used to think of as uniquely human and are extensions not only of our muscles and brains; they are extensions of our relationships to others – family, friends, colleagues, and compatriots.
Adam Frank et al.
Science cannot give us full access to reality because we still do not know what are some of the most basics element of the world: matter, consciousness and time.
Owen Flanagan, Gregg D. Caruso
Assuming that the details of how consciousness is realized in the brain will be given, and is already being given, by neuroscience, a second really hard problem remains: How, given that consciousness is a natural phenomenon, does human life mean anything?
David J. Chalmers
There has not been large collective convergence to the truth on the
big questions of philosophy and that is not how things are in the physical sciences.
The relationship between humanity and the rest of the natural world has been a key problem for philosophy throughout the history of European civilization.
Natasha Lomas (Alain de Botton)
We have managed to satisfy people’s basic material needs… but we’re unhappy, we’re squabbling, we’re looking for meaning, and these are all businesses waiting to be born.
On the non-reductive account, what is essential is that we take the person's subjective experiences and their meanings seriously, in psychological terms, treating them as real and irreducible.
Robert H. Nelson
Does the existence of God look probable when we ask about the power of mathematics; the mystery of consciousness; our greatest cultural and technological achievements?
Nicole Note et al.
How to balance taking my worldview as true so it can explain the world for me and at the same time relativize its basic categories in order to communicate and cooperate between cultures?
The mindfulness techniques are not so worldview-neutral as we think especially in the domain of human nature.
So pervasive now is the notion that religious belief is independent from, or even diametrically opposed to, scientific inquiry, that it can be hard for us to appreciate older ways of seeing the relationship between reason and revelation.
What do these adjectives ‘hard’ STEM fields and ‘soft’ humanities denote?
Are we insignificant in the Cosmos or we just mixing up value with control and power?
Woodrow Barfield, Alexander Williams
The human body is becoming more mechanical and computational: new philosophies on identity will be required in parallel with new social structures.
The more people have the capacity to truly engage with other perspectives, the more they seem to turn toward moral relativism.
It is wrong to have children: life is filled with suffering, humans are a deeply flawed and a destructive species.
Maria daVenza Tillmanns
The philosophical counseling may be focusing too much on the rational by concentrating on people’s worldviews – their conceptual understanding of the world.
Van A. Harvey
It is more honest and responsible to remain silent about the gods, to live with the mystery and the indifference of it all.
Paul E. Griffits
How bio-cultural basis for human nature works?
If our experiences of pain, pleasure and other "subjective" feelings are emergent, and there is always some precursor to emergent phenomena at the lower level (like our neurons and brains) then maybe panpsychism is a viable hypothesis after all?