Our options that we discuss in this show are:
1) Everything happens.
2) Everything happens for a reason.
3) Everything happens for a specific reason (religious based, scientifically based, etc.).
This is intriguing show! Please join in as we explore some ideas that will challenge our assumptions about “what we know.” I did not anticipate that I would be so drawn into examining my own ideas about our world as I was in this show! I am not a theologian, a historian, a philosopher, a physicist or anything other than a layperson with curiosity about these topics. If you do not want to think about the questions this show poses, just go to another episode. My intent is for all of us to be “unsure” about “what we know” by utilizing a process of critical thinking and inquiry.
A) In addressing option 1, “Everything happens,” how do we know what is ‘everything’ and what is actually happening? In the show we discuss that we may be experiencing reality right now or we may not. We may instead be experiencing a facade of reality (or a simulation) like in the movie, The Matrix (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133093/plotsummary). Or, we may be simply viewing shadows that we are mistaking for reality (e.g., Plato, The Allegory of the Cave see https://faculty.washington.edu/smcohen/320/cave.htm).
B) In addressing option 2, “Everything happens for a reason,” how do we begin to ascribe a reason to our still undefined ‘everything’ that we perceive to be ‘happening’?
C) In addressing option 3, “Everything happens for a specific reason,” this is where people may become angry in asserting that they have the ‘correct’ specific reason to explain the still undefined ‘everything’ that we perceive to be ‘happening.’ Some people have a religious or spiritual faith that they assert is the specific reason. They often have a requirement in their belief system to share their knowledge with other people to help them (save them from the consequence of having the incorrect specific reason).
Some people have a scientific specific reason that they are working to prove via evidence. For example, Albert Einstein spent decades of his life [...]