Purpose of Life

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  1. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    While I grant that many people may want a legacy, I have yet to hear why that means everyone - without exception - must desire it as their primary purpose.

    I'm not asking why a lot of people might feel that way, or why it's really important to many, I'm asking why you think that it is an objective property of people (i.e. a rule that is beyond free will), not a subjective property.
     
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    What is the purpose of life , everywhere , in this Universe ?

    Understanding of
     
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  5. Hermann Registered Senior Member

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    I am still deeply convinced, that we are all immortal and that materialism is a wrong approach. Only with such opinion it makes real sense to talk about the purpose of life.
    I know it is almost impossible to convince people, who have already another fixed world view. But people, who are still looking for a believable belief, may find some ideas at rational-weltanschauung.blogspot.com and in the book from William Buhlman "Adventures in the Afterlife". The first part of this book gives a detailed description of the afterlife. If you read this open-minded it will become a real eye-opener!
     
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  7. Michael 345 In China - finding my way :) Valued Senior Member

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    I'm interested in the so called afterlife but really don't have time to chase after reading Adventures in the Afterlife

    However I would be appreciative, since you appear to have detailed knowledge of the book, if you might answer a few questions

    How did the author get to the afterlife?
    How long did author spend there?
    How did the author return to the before the afterlife life?

    Thanks

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  8. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    That sounds a lot like a ...
     
  9. Hermann Registered Senior Member

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    William Buhlman is one of the rare people, who is able to OBE (Out of Body Experience), which he can initiate by himself. He does this since 40 years. He could travel in the afterlife over hours and could always return easily just by thinking of his body. After he has been diagnosed of cancer some years ago, he has spent most of his time during OBE in order to find out, what happens with most people after death. He has put all his experience in a story of a fictive character for better understanding.
     
  10. Michael 345 In China - finding my way :) Valued Senior Member

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    Oh so he wasn't dead. Got it. Con artist making money from make up stuff

    Along the lines of bullshit artist Joseph Smith who I reckon would have been great selling books in the current climate

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  11. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    I wonder if Carlos Castaneda had after-life experiences or if he was just a stoner.
    Personally I go with just a stoner
     
  12. Michael 345 In China - finding my way :) Valued Senior Member

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    Paid up member of The Scrambled Brain Club

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  13. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    IMO, an out-of-body-experience is impossible. By definition it is only the body, the physical object which can "experience" change, from quantum mechanics to physical (brained) thought.

    As Anil Seth observed, humans can only make "best guesses" of reality to begin with, and that still requires a brain.
    https://www.ted.com/talks/anil_seth_how_your_brain_hallucinates_your_conscious_reality

    Stuart Hameroff goes even deeper and proposes that awareness of change itself is a quantum function of the micro tubulins in the body of most organisms.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_Hameroff
     
  14. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    The buses don't go where he lives.
     
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  15. Michael 345 In China - finding my way :) Valued Senior Member

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    Turns out he wasn't really dead
    He made himself have a Out of Body experience
    In today's parlance fake death
    Slipped the ferryman a few $s
    Oh wait that's Hades

    Seems he sipped past StPeter a few times
    Looked around
    Came back
    Put his body back on
    Wrote a book - as you do in situations like that

    I'm guessing StPeter would be pissed off with ol Bill coming and going as if he owned the place


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  16. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Our purpose in life is procreation, same as for all living organisms. Darwinian Evolution and Natural Selection are founded on that simple Imperative.
     
  17. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    I read that as "procrastination".

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    Depends, procreation can be a very difficult task that requires hard work and great care. I am coming from the standpoint that all living organisms have the innate Imperative to procreate.

    This imperative can already be found in viruses, which are not even considered to be alive.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virus

    I would say this is the first parasitic organism.
     
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  19. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    In the western world, a lot of people are putting off procreation until later in life. After all, procreation is more than just laying the eggs and fertilising them. It's also important to make sure that the offspring have a decent chance at survival.
     
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  20. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Insects are exempt from this. They procreate in overwhelming numbers which would soon overtake all food sources if it were not for a very high death rate to keep the population in check.
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/being-queen.html

    An army ant queen is unable to walk and is dragged by the royal escort and her legs just wear down to little stumps. Not a very luxurious life......

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  21. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    So what do you say to all those of us who have chosen paths other than procreation?

    We are qualitatively different from other animals in that we can look at ourselves, know we are mortal, and decide what we wish to do with the time we have.

    In many parts of the world, people are putting off procreation completely.
     
  22. Michael 345 In China - finding my way :) Valued Senior Member

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    Which does not seem to make sense if catholic priest / nuns not allowed to marry (the sanctioned way to procreate)

    But does make sense to ban condoms

    Shift the burden of churning out believers. Let the minions carry the cost of raising the next batch of executives while keeping the current executives in luxury

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  23. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Good point.
     

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