Posts tagged nature

Posted 5 months ago

doublesdee:

So I learned how to take panorama pictures during my trip. And I took a lot! Here are some of the better ones that I took.

Posted 1 year ago

aubreevanity:

Wicked Reflections…. Took 500 Shots for this 1 photo which i just love! Well worth all the mud :)
#nikon #awesomeshots #dslr #reflection #water #nature #photography #Popular #tree #love
(from @SolangeGA on Streamzoo)

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Prayer that craves a particular commodity, — any thing less than all good, — is vicious. Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view. It is the soliloquy of a beholding and jubilant soul. It is the spirit of God pronouncing his works good.

But prayer as a means to effect a private end is meanness and theft. It supposes dualism and not unity in nature and consciousness. As soon as the man is at one with God, he will not beg. He will then see prayer in all action. The prayer of the farmer kneeling in his field to weed it, the prayer of the rower kneeling with the stroke of his oar, are true prayers heard throughout nature, though for cheap ends.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance
Posted 1 year ago
Man is timid and apologetic… He is ashamed before the blade of grass or the blowing rose. These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God to-day. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance
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Open Minded Skeptic: Am I an Atheist?

openmindedskeptic:

I really don’t like to think of myself as an atheist. I’m not sure why. Perhaps the reasons are similar to the reasons I was always a bit embarrassed to be associated with Christians while I was one. I feel this way about being a part of any group for that matter. When you hook up with a group…

Hello! Nice post. I like discussing philosophical things, so here’s my reaction :)

Evolution has no direction. There is no such thing as most or least evolved. There are more and less complex life-forms, but that’s just a side-effect of biodiversity. Look at Jellyfish. Their population is exploding and they don’t even have brains. It’s just a numbers game: reproduction and survival to reproduce. In this case, the Jellyfish are probably our fault. 

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the traits we like to see are exactly the traits humans evolved to have (and non-coincidentally, hypothetical Gods seem to have these traits, too: love, jealousy, even consciousness itself). We only like human traits because we’re programmed to like them by culture and genetics.

Furthermore, the tools we have from evolution (like cognition and problem solving) aren’t necessarily complete. Our perception tells us that these tools are sufficient for understanding reality, but to the person living in a box, they can hardly tell that they need more tools to investigate the world outside the box. 

That’s why science exists. It’s meant to help us hone our tools toward the actual production of knowledge, and not our biased understanding of reality (what human could possibly come up with Quantum Physics based on their little box?).

The conclusion that the universe arrived here by non-sentient natural processes (what you really mean by chance) is just rational, nothing more or less. Like I was talking about with evolution and our tools, our emotional tools are not very accurate judges of reality (they’re excellent judges of social reality, which is why we have them, but not physical reality).

So just because one might feel grandeur at the Universe or possession by holy spirits, that doesn’t really mean anything. It tells us more about human nature than about the world.

Posted 1 year ago
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