Thoughtful meaning. Sept 4, 2019 15:03:22 GMT -5
Post by laughter on Sept 4, 2019 15:03:22 GMT -5
I think our definitions of what constitutes an existential question and what doesn't seem to differ. ZD seems to have a rather broad definition. Mine is rather narrow.
Existential questions can be answered on an intellectual level, of course. But these answers don't really mean anything, except in a purely intellectual framework. And the answers will also vary greatly depending on what kind of model of perception someone prefers, like let's say science vs. new age. And here I always found it fascinating how these two seemingly diametrically opposed models of reality actually somewhat converge in the models that Seth and QM present.
Yes, that is fascinating, but the root of it isn't really all that mysterious if you examine the cultural conditioning of the guys who invented QM. The problem with the intellectual answers is that they're open-ended, which is why, for instance, there will never be any end to scientific exploration, because every new answer simply gives rise to many new questions. The Taoists had this number from centuries ago as to how one movement carries the seeds and eventually gives rise to its opposite, and that's precisely what's going on with the scientific approach to the existential questions. Another thing that's going on, as I believe you've pointed out in the past, is that meta-physicists applying science to existential matters tend to conflate and confuse "how" with "why".
One thing I was thinking of in that reply was what you wrote about koans a few years back. So as not to hold you to this I'll present it as my own idea: the koans rest on the culture of Zen Buddhism, and there are patterns to them. So the answers aren't necessarily free from conditioning.
But the difference between the answers of intellect and the koan answers is how the latter leave no foothold for any process of induction or deduction. Answering one is very similar to an instant of creative inspiration and nothing like the process of solving a technical problem. The answer comes as a sudden realization, and there's nothing open-ended about it other than it offers a new facet of perspective going forward.
An existential question is any that can ultimately be related back to one's sense of identity or reality. If you're willing to offer a similar succinct definition, I'll be glad to either agree that our definitions are different, or demonstrate how I perceive that they're not.