Questions

This page lists articles arranged by category. Note that unwritten articles are not yet linked. If you have an idea for a future article topic or a question to tackle, please suggest it in a comment below.

Origins

  • Why is there something rather than nothing?
  • What caused the big bang?
  • Do we live in a computer simulation?

Reality

Mathematics

  • Do objects in math exist independently?
  • Is math invented or discovered?
  • Where does mathematical knowledge come from?

Time

  • What is time?
  • Why does time have an arrow?
  • Is time travel possible?

Relativity

  • If spacetime is 4D, why can we only move in 3D?
  • Why are mass and energy equivalent?
  • Why does time slow down at high speeds?
  • Does relativity imply eternal life?

Quantum Mechanics

  • Does everything that can happen, actually happen?
  • How do quantum computers work?
  • Does quantum mechanics imply immortality?
  • What is entanglement?

Consciousness

  • What makes something conscious?
  • Can a machine be conscious?

Artificial Intelligence

Future

  • How will the world end?
  • What is the limit to human population growth?
  • Can medicine cure any disease and heal any injury?
  • Will life inherit the universe?
  • Can life survive beyond the end of the universe?

Technology

  • How good can technology get?
  • Why does technology improve exponentially?
  • How do computers work?

Biology

Economics

  • Can technology make us infinitely wealthy?
  • Where does money come from?

Life

Religion

Ethics

  • Is there a universal ethical or moral system?
  • What is the meaning of life?
  • Are there universal values?

15 Replies to “Questions”

  1. If you have a suggestion for a deep question to address in an upcoming article, please share it in a reply!

      1. Hi Chaithanyan,

        I plan to address that question in an upcoming article. I hope to get to it soon. But I can give you a preview here. Ultimately all value boils down to experience. Everything we do is motivated by the desire to increase the quantity, quality, or diversity of life experiences. Nothing can be known outside of experience.

        From this we can conclude the purpose of live is to have experiences and to create opportunities for experience for others. To have more of them, a higher quality of them, and more unique and varied of them.

        Jason

          1. Hi Abhinay,

            I think it is normal to have such fears. We fear the unknown and what comes after death is the ultimate unknown.

            I think you might reduce your fear by watching some of the videos on this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7KRgluYeps&list=RDCMUC65BYtqlRNjR93D5UxGVfXw

            Also, if you haven’t already, you might check out the article on is there life after death: https://alwaysasking.com/is-there-life-after-death/ which covers some of the possibilities for what might come next. It will also be available as a video within the next few days.

            Please let me know if you have any specific questions and I will do my best to answer them.

  2. Dear Jason —

    If awaken awareness was to evolve and spread in the population what would that network look like?

    PS. I connected with your father yesterday and live next door. I wonder if you are familiar with the Fetzer Institute and some of the work they support in areas you seem to have an interest and apparently a great deal of knowledge. Best wishes on all of you endeavors. Sincerely Keith

    1. Hi Keith,
      That’s an excellent question. I think we can learn something from historic examples of lower-level awakenings. For example, the evolving morals for how humans treat other humans, and also in how humans treat other creatures. Each step in that evolution begins with recognizing one’s self in others. At first the awakenings might occur individual-by-individual, but once a large enough fraction of the society accept it and are raised in it, that new awareness becomes part of their ingrained truth.
      I was not aware of the Fetzer Institute, though after looking at their site I can say that my next post will discuss the concept of a shared humanity. Thanks for sharing and for your best wishes!
      Jason

  3. Hi Jason,

    I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the morality/ethics of whether we, as a society, should utilize advances in psychology such as Nudging, to further the evolution of humanity as a whole, and what could be done to prevent it being used for nefarious purposes.

    Justin

  4. Hi Ram,

    Thanks for that suggestion! I do think that question makes for an interesting article. Perhaps it even makes sense to have a category of questions devoted to ethics.

    As far as the morality of nudging, or anything for that matter, generally speaking, simple answers on these questions can at best only offer a heuristic. That heuristic may often be right, but it will also have special cases where it gives the wrong answer.

    Specific moral questions require a dedicated investigation and analysis. For instance:
    Is it right or wrong to pay students for good attendance?
    Is it right or wrong to tax people for buying soda?
    Is it right or wrong to subsidize corn production?

    All might be considered examples of nudging. But all have different sets of unintended consequences, and different classes of people who benefit and who lose.

    Further complicating moral questions is that the answers depend on what you are trying to optimize. What values do you hold as good and bad? How do you compare and weigh competing values? How do you account for those in society whose values differ from yours or those who share similar values but weight them differently?

    To your question, which I think asks is nudging a step forward or step backward in arranging society, my answer is that it depends. All societies use coercion in one form or another, whether it be a king’s threat of beheading or a modern society’s imposition of fines or prison.

    Nudging provides a new way to push preferences without overt coercion. This could be seen as an improvement, but it also introduces a new downside: it can be done covertly. Whereas king’s decrees and society’s laws are by definition public, nudging can be done surreptitiously.

    The benefit of transparency of laws is that it enables scrutiny and debate by society. It gives a society a chance to review a given policy and decide whether or not it is in alignment with the collectively weighted values of that society.

    If applications of nudging are debated and decided openly, then it retains this benefit of today’s laws while at the same time reducing overt coercion based on threats. Is this a good thing? That depends on your own values.

    Jason

    1. Hello Jason, I was wondering if people who have passed away forgive and did wrong people that they didn’t get along with when they were alive ?

      1. Hi Lisa,

        That is certainly possible, and perhaps likely. For instance, in the case of an afterlife where one has previously experienced other lives and upon passing regains access to those memories, then the benefit of those other perspectives provide for greater understanding, compassion and capacity to forgive.

        There are also conceptions of an afterlife where one’s life experiences merge with or otherwise become part of a God-like mind, which possesses memories of all lives. This mind would be the ultimate in terms of understanding. Understanding promotes compassion, and compassion promotes forgiveness.

        I hope this answer is helpful to you.

  5. Do you think there are other life-forms exploring the universe aside from humans? Has earth been explored already by other life-forms?

  6. Hi Axl Hugh Calunsag,

    To your first question, if the universes is infinite, (and all indications suggest it is, then the answer to your first questions is yes. Other life forms exist and are exploring the universe.

    To the second question, of whether Earth has been visited, this depends on several factors, such as how rare or common life is in the universe, and whether life is motivated enough to spread throughout the cosmos. It remains an open question, but some possibilities are explored on: https://alwaysasking.com/are-we-alone/

    I can also recommend reading https://www.accelerating.org/articles/transcensionhypothesis as well as https://frombob.to/you/index.html for other viewpoints on this question.

    1. Hi Shweta,

      That’s an interesting question, and one I haven’t researched myself. My assumption is that at least in some cases we can, particularly in the case of illness. I will have to look into this more.

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