It's perhaps worthwhile pointing out that even as there is nothing to compel you to accept notions such as "cosmic significance" or "only egotism exists", by symmetry, there is also nothing to compel you to reject those notions (except for your actual values of course). So it really comes down to your values. For most humans, the concerns you have expressed are probably confusions, as we pretty much share the same values, and we also share the same cognitive flaws which let us elevate what should be mundane facts about the universe to s... (read more)

Open Thread, April 2011

by ata 1 min read2nd Apr 2011111 comments

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It seems we have agreed that open threads will continue but that they will go in the Discussion section, so here's this month's thread.