Ciro Santilli
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The natural sciences are not just a tool to predict the future.
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They are a reminder that the lives that we live daily are mere illusions, just like Buddhists and Hinduists say.
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We as individuals perceive nothing about the materials that we touch every day really work, nor more importantly how our brain and cells work.
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Everything is magic out of our control.
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The natural sciences allow us peek, with huge concentrated effort, into tiny little bits a little of those unknowns, and blow our minds as we notice that we don't know anything.
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For all practical purposes in life, there is a huge macro micro gap. We are only able to directly perceive and influence the macro events. And through those we try to affect micro events. Because for good or bad, micro events reflect in the macro world.
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Every one or two weeks Ciro Santilli remembers that he and everything he touches are just a bunch of atoms, and that is an amazing feeling.
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Alan Watts's "Philosopher" talk mentions related ideas:
The origin of a person who is defined as a philosopher, is one who finds that existence itself is exceedingly odd.
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Video 104. Alan Watts' "Philosopher" talk. Source.
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