Talons Philosophy

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Discussion Post- Tali Berlin

My initial question was: how does the universe and its structures affect humans and our world? And I used this reading to help me start answering this question.

During my first discussion, I got off topic from my own question, as my group (Helena: body related to self/mind, Alicia: lucid dreaming, Will and Brian: objectivity of art) got really into discussing Will and Brian’s question, which was: could art be objectively good or bad? We talked about how each person’s definition of good and bad is subjective, and I brought up the fact that people prioritize different aspects of art before others (one person might say the special effects of a movie are the most important, when another person might argue that the acting is the most important, etc.). We concluded the discussion by coming to a consensus with saying that art can’t be “objectively” good or bad, however, it can be “formulaically” good or bad, with the formula for “good” or “bad” art coming from the opinions of the majority both from past generations, and present.

During my second discussion, I stayed on topic and realized how my topic related to so many others in my group (Mikayla: age vs. maturity, Natalie: meaning of life, Liam and Kyle: time without change). The more we discussed each other’s questions, the more I realized mine had in common with the others. I didn’t see that much in common with Mikayla’s question, however, I did with the other two.

Natalie’s question asking regarding the meaning of life connects to mine, as the meaning of life to some may be God, while others don’t believe in God. The universe affects us in this way, as people believe in religions based on a Divine power, outside of our world, aka, in the universe! People search through space trying to find answers, whether they are ones of science, religion, or simply the self and one’s meaning.

I see a big connection with my question about the universe and Liam & Kyle’s question regarding if time could exist without change, and if change was the only thing that made time go by. There are lots of waves in our world, ones we can see (colour), and ones we can’t see (sound), much like there are waves outside of Earth, out in the universe. We can’t see, touch, smell, taste, or hear time occurring, all we sense is the change in our and others’ movements and surroundings. How do we know that there aren’t certain waves or some other form of scientific actions that are occurring in the universe which cause time, or rather humans’ definition of time as a construct, to occur here on Earth? There very much could be, and that’s how these questions relate to one another.

Most of the questions I have aren’t new, but still interest me:

  • how much of our world is affected by the universe?
  • is there an end to the universe, or is it infinite?
  • is the universe which we know of the biggest it gets, and how is scale (size) play into the information we know and/or are yet to discover?

Also, a new one!

  • how exactly does time get affected by the universe?

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