#6 - The Source of Meaning (part 2)

Extrapolator

Nov 10 2020 • 41 mins

In this second part, Geoff Allen continues his ambitious ‘five birds, one stone’. He discusses the self, free will, intentionality, the flow of time and the meaning of life – all under one umbrella.

What unites these topics is an apparent mismatch between: the first-person experience of human life, and the third-person descriptions of empirical science. In each case, there is a clash between the first-person and the third-person perspectives.

What is the source of experiences like meaning, concepts and the flow of time? Are they subjective constructs on the part of individual organisms and systems… or, are they features of objective reality?

As always, we must take a naturalistic approach – which means no souls, no gods, no spooky (non-physical) forces. We must extrapolate carefully. Perhaps, if we engage in some wilder extrapolation, we can also make some tentative claims about the meaning of life.

A bibliography for each episode is available here: https://geoffallenwriting.wordpress.com/2020/10/06/extrapolator-bibliography/

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