Words of wisdom and miscellaneous facts by Dr. Wysong and others. This is an accumulation over several decades and the accuracy cannot be attested to.
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Our thinking journey has led to the obvious answers to the Big Questions:
Where did we come from? An intelligence far exceeding ours is our source. That's clear because no human understands or can create even the simplest of living creatures. We don't see them spontaneously emerging from lifeless matter nor do they increasingly transform into functionally complex organisms.
Where are we going? Given that matter does not have free will or consciousness, as we have, we must be other than matter and thus not mortal. If we have a near death experience, out of body experience, are able to communicate with those who have passed, are regressed into past lives, have paranormal experiences, or consider the direct testimony of those who have had such experiences, our nonmaterial nature and immortality become even more confirmed.
Why are we here? Since we were created by consciousness, we must have a purpose. If we look inward, that purpose speaks to us from our conscience. It says to be honest with ourselves, self-reliant, do good things, treat others as we would have them treat us, and seek and follow truth. We may ignore that voice but it is always within, nagging, directing, and penalizing with guilt and shame for disobedience.
The interconnection of all things, that science is only now beginning to recognize, is nothing new. Love means the same thing. When we love things, we want to be one with them, connected, and care for them as we do ourselves. I'm not speaking of the fleeting emotional kind of love. Rather, true love is a more selfless way of life in which we use truth and long-view thinking to better our world.
The need for the connection of love is why so much of life is spent trying to be accepted, respected, and recognized. We don't want to be alone and apart. It neither feels good nor is it healthy. Isolate infant humans, chimps, or elephants, and they will languish into death. Hold them close, and they thrive.
Love creates the terrible pain of loss. That implies that our earthly, temporal existence of beginnings and ends, where time causes separations, is unnatural and counter to our essence. The dread and ache of loss also tell us that we belong elsewhere where there is no loss. That's the nature of the real world, our home before and after physical Earth life. Because time is irrelevant there, things neither end nor disappear. It's a place where ultimate love can flourish, and there is never separation or loss.
Solving the Big Questions as if thinking matters brings a refreshing peace of mind. It also liberates us from the false ideas, faiths, beliefs, and ideologies of others. Seeing that answers were always within our own capabilities should also inspire confidence.
As enlightening as solving the Big Questions is, the answers are less important than the second part of the title to this book: as if thinking matters. Putting thinking foremost gives us access to truth, and truth is the only means to our best life and the best world.
Feel free to contact me with your thoughts or questions.
1. Rules for Finding Truth
2. Truth Is Real and Accessible
3. Origin Choices
4. The Laws of Thermodynamics
5. The Law of Information
6. The Law of Impossibility
7. The Law of Biogenesis
8. The Laws of Chemistry
9. The Law of Time
10. Fossil Problems
11. Have Humans Evolved?
12. Are We Selected Mutants?
13. Favorite Evolutionist Proofs
14. Why Evolution Is Believed
15. Free Will Proves Creation
17. Biological Machines
18. Nuts, Bolts, Gears, and Rotors Prove Intelligent Design
19. Humans Defy Evolution
20. The Anthropic Universe
21. Evolution’s Impact
22. Putting Religion on the Table
23. How Religion Begins and Develops
24. Religions Cross Pollinate
25. Gods Writing Books
26. Questionable Foundations of Christianity
27. How Best to Measure Holy Books
28. The Ultimate Holy Book Test
29. Religion Unleashed
30. End(s) of the World
31. Defending Holy Books
33. The Source of Goodness
34. Matter is an Illusion
35. Weird Things Disprove Materialism
36. Even Weirder Things
37. Creature Testimony
38. Personal Weirdness
39. Proving Weird Things
40. Skeptics and Debunkers
41. Free Will Proves We Are Other
42. Mind Outside Matter
43. Death is a Return
44. Life After Death
45. Why There is Suffering
46. The Creator
47. Thinking’s Destination
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