There are a lot of cool, 3D block puzzles.
Kind of like jigsaw puzzles, but because they are 3D and not 2D it’s always pretty complicated how to put them together.
When they are put together, they seem to be very simple.
Until you take them apart, and they become much more complicated.
One of the sayings of the Buddha is that the source of all pain is having improperly calibrated expectations.
You think the world is a certain way, and you make expectations based on those assumptions.
When those expectations don’t come through, based on the underlying false assumptions, that’s where all the pain comes from.
Not Cool Water
Kind of like when I was at a restaurant and I ordered a scotch.
The waitress came back with a glass of what I thought was ice water.
I took a big swig, expecting it to be cool water.
But it was gin.
Philosophy is generally thought to be a throw away topic.
When people want to ease up on talking about scientific things, and start talking in more philosophical terms.
Harder Than Science
But in order to actually master philosophy and be able to understand the writings of some of the philosophical giants, it does require quite a lot of brainpower.
It’s easy to find a lot of paradoxes in math and science.
Relativity and quantum physics are just to areas where things don’t make sense.
Easy For Aliens
But if we could imagine a race of aliens that were a couple million years ahead of us evolutionarily speaking, it would make perfect sense to them.
It’s just that our monkey brains were calibrated for very simple things like falling applies from trees.
Even back when they first invented negative numbers, people had trouble with it.
They didn’t think it was just a paradox, a hallucination that didn’t make rational sense, but it was some kind of evil.
Black magic voodoo, or evil witchcraft.
Today, it’s pretty easy to comprehend.
So paradoxes aren’t really paradoxes.
Momentum and Position
Things like Heisenberg’s principle of uncertainty is what you’d expect when starting from the assumption that all matter is really a metaphor for various waves.
But since we start with the wrong assumptions, that matter and energy are separate, we believe we are seeing a curious paradox.
When the paradox is really a function of our ancient monkey brains that have to think a little bit to understand things that aren’t immediately obvious.
So when presented with things that require a little bit of careful thought and understanding, something we really don’t want to do, and we don’t understand it with our instinctive monkey brains, we think we’ve discovered a deep and complex mystery of the universe.
Deep Dumb Brains
When reality, we are only discovering the limits of our lazy unthinking brains.
If you were to take a class in formal logic, you would have to study very hard to get an A or a B.
But you have to master formal logic to have a reasonable discussion about philosophy.
Not only that, but you’ve got to keep track of all these esoteric ideas and definitions, which more or less only exist in our hallucinations, and operate on them with algebraic levels of specificity.
Nobody likes to be proven wrong.
You may even say we developed all our biases to protect us from discovering the truth of Buddha.
That finding out our assumptions about our world are usually false.
Way back in the days of ancient Greece, they had an idea about atoms.
Small bits of matter.
There’s More To This
Then they later discovered that atoms have a nucleus and some electrons.
Then they figured out that these aren’t really particles, like a miniature solar system like they once thought.
Rather, they are probability distributions.
Whose potential locations can only be described by solving Schroedinger’s equation, that can only be done for simple things like the hydrogen atom.
At the same time, every time one particle interacts with another particle, this represents a solution to Schroedinger’s equation.
Which mean that everything around us is a solution to an equation that nobody can solve.
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