Philosophy 3: The Living Universe
"I think therefore I exist"- Rene Descartes Unfortunately state that “I exist, therefore, I think” is committing a logical fallacy. We also can’t say “I don’t think, therefore I don’t exist” as another fallacy. We can say “If I do not exist, then I do not think” How do we prove that we are not the only thinker in existence? Thought experiment: You read a book in a classroom. Another normal day of high school, you don’t recognize anybody there. It’s the first day. You say hi and make friends with a few people. Later, you go home and fall asleep in bed. You wake up and it is morning, the first day of school. You were dreaming. Do the people from the dream exist? You cannot prove beyond a doubt that everyone is not part of a elaborate dream, or computer program, exists. Buddhism says that the self is an illusion. I don’t exactly want to go that far. We can reason that really only one Self exists. I think therefore I exist. Or do you? How can we prove that we are a Lesser Self, much like how a character in a book is to an author. The author, in this case the Universe/Existence is the Supreme Self. Incomplete fragments of this Self. And this is why I am reminded of concept of “Tikkun Olam” from Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist “Norah: It reminds me of this part of Judaism that I really like. It’s called Tikkun olam. It says that, um, the world’s been broken into pieces and it’s everybody’s job to find them and put them back together again. Nick: Well, maybe we’re the pieces. Maybe we’re not supposed to find the pieces. Maybe we are the pieces” This idea fits into the concept of God as the Universe/Existence. We are (everything atom to galaxy)all an essential piece/fragment of existence. So, if only One Self can be proven to exist, it stands to reason that this Self is Existence. And since we know that we think, the Self thinks, and therefore exists. Similar concepts: Gaia theory (like this but only on a planet-sized scale), Hive mind, collective consciousness. In the bible moses asks god about who he should say sent him. God replies: "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’" I AM. I- the Self Am - the v. of Existence God never specifies what he is. Maybe he’s trying to tell us something by saying that.