Sam Ghandchiسام قندچي Nothingness or Mu

Sam Ghandchi

عدم یا مو

P.S. 11/16/20: A postscript was added today to the Persian version about discussions on Persian twitter somewhat related to this topic. SG



Descartes writes: "The Lord has made three marvels: things out of nothing-ness; free will; and the Man who is God" (1). Let's start from Descartes' second proposition.
Look at a squirrel watching the trajectory of an acorn falling from an oak tree and reaches out to it. That is the *free will* of a squirrel brain, tied to intelligence, with the purpose of fulfilling a biological need to survive. Human brain goes beyond it and reaches to invent non-biological sentient beings as Ray Kurzweil has shown us (2), and that explains Descartes' second proposition: "Man who is God." But Descartes' first proposition is really a tough one. In view of this author, there is no nothing-ness and this is why the assumption of conservation of mass and energy has worked so well in physics. Everything *is*. We humans invented *nothingness* so that we could better understand *what* is, using a binary logic. And maybe this is why Zen practitioners start with *Mu* to meditate (3), as it upsets the comfort of a brain so used to *is*, by focusing on a *void*, the *Mu*, which is nothing but a logical abstraction.


Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,


Sam Ghandchi

January 2, 2019




1. Descartes and Laity
دکارت و لائیکات، مردم عادی غیر روحانی یا غیرمتخصص


2. Many Paths Beyond Singularity as Proposed by Kurzweil
چندین راه در فراسوی سینگولاریته طرح شده کرزوایل


3. Jack Li: Zen Meditation

















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