How do we free ourselves from conventional, erroneous, views of who we are as human beings, and develop an identity based on the realities of science?
Everyone believes in science, at least implicitly, when they step on an airplane, go to the doctor, or make a phone call, but when they look in the mirror, most people, unfortunately, see a creature that is beyond the realm of science. Most of us grow up schooled in seeing our selves as in charge of our bodies and minds, starting with potty training, if not sooner. That teaching, while socially convenient, doesn’t hold up to close scrutiny.
My efforts on this blog and my web site are intended, in one way or another, to help people who are so inclined to develop a more realistic view of themselves which, at the same time, is more conducive to happiness and fulfillment than the traditional point of view. Tom Clark’s efforts are similarly directed, although with a different approach and perspective. He is a much more philosophically accomplished fellow than I, and capable of a remarkable clarity of thought and presentation.
He’s also more inclined to social and organizational activities, and on a recent addition to his web site, has brought together a collection of people whose lives and ideas are wonderfully similar to mine and his. I found it gratifying to read their experiences, and to realize what good company I’m in. I hope you’ll check it out: “Living in Light of Naturalism.”
In addition he’s organized the Center for Naturalism, a non-profit educational organization, and put together a web site with video and audio presentations, among other resources, that is well worth your time.
As for me, I’ve transcribed Episode One of Bare Brains, and am working on getting that up on the web site, the newly designed version of which is causing some difficulty with odd glitches popping up here and there. My knowledge of CSS is far from complete, and I’m afraid the inadequacies of my education are on display till I can patch them up. Stay tuned…
Same Base, Different Directions