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

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

62 Replies to “Questions”

    1. Hi Mdaby Idrissa,

      Great questions. As for the phases of the moon, it’s easiest to explain this phenomenon visually. This video does a good job of showing it: https://youtu.be/wz01pTvuMa0

      As to why a year is not an exact multiple of days (a year is about 365.242 days long), this is because years and days are unrelated to each other. They measure two different things.

      A year is how long it takes Earth to loop around the sun, while a day is how long it takes Earth to spin around itself. If the Earth spun faster, it would not change the length of time in a year, but it would increase the number of days in a year, because then days would be shorter.

      Billions of years ago, the days were in fact shorter by several hours. The Earth was spinning faster than it is now. There would then have been over 400 days in a year.

      What slowed it down you might ask? It was the moon! Tidal friction from the moon slows the spinning of the Earth. This makes days longer, but it’s a gradual process and we don’t notice it on the scales of human lifetimes.

      This tidal friction also causes the moon to slowly drift away from the Earth. The moon was once 10 times closer to Earth than it is now. Imagine the moon being 10 times wider and taller in the sky, it would give us 100 times more light. It must have been quite a sight.

  1. Hello, I like your answer and content and I find it amazing, yet I have some couple of questions that you could try to answer:

    1- Does paranormality exist?
    2- Does aether exist?
    3- Is there more than one god?
    4- Is Astral Projection real?
    5- Are Near-Death Experiences real?
    6- Is there life beyond spacetime?
    7- Are there more than 3-4 dimensions?
    8-Is it possible to leave the spacetime?
    9- Is it possible to overcome the laws of physics?
    10- Are spiritual beings and nonphysical life forms real?
    11- Did gods and mythological beings really lived among humans in the ancient times?
    12- Is psychic phenomena real?
    13- Is mediumship real?
    14- Are spiritual/mystical experiences real?
    15- Does metaphysics exist?
    16- Is there things beyond matter and the spacetime?
    17- Is spiritual healing real?
    18- Why does the placebo effect exist?
    19- Is it possible to overcome the physical and become metaphysical/extraphysical?
    20- Are past life (reincarnation) memories real?

    I know that’s a lot of questions, but most of people often share those same questions, I hope you can answer one by one or even give me possible answer for them one by one.

    1. Hi William,
      This is a great list of questions! Thank you for preparing it. 🙂
      I hope to answer many of these questions in future articles.

  2. Hello man, I have some couple of questions that you might find interesting to answer: 1- Does the moon hava any effect over us? 2- Do the planets have any effect over us? 3- Do alternative medicines work? 4- Is spiritual energy real? 5- Does aether exist? 6- Do paranormal things actually exist? 7- Does metaphysics exist? 8- Is it possible to abolish private property? 9- Does socialism actually work? 10- Is it possible to overcome capitalism? 11- Can AI be stopped somehow? 12- What can we do for avoid AI to take over the world? 13- Is transhumanism inevitable? 14- Is everything energy? 15- Does energy exist? 16 – Are anecdotal experiences reliable? 17- Are pseudosciences reliable? 18- Do spiritual beings and spiritual life forms exist? 19- Are there more than just 3 dimensions? 20- Is astral projection real? 21- Are heaven and hell real? 22- Are we more than just matter? 23- Do souls and spirits exist? 24- Can technology overcome the spacetime and the laws of physics? 25- Are there more than just 2 genders? I know some questions are quite controversial somehow, but try to answer them if you have time.

  3. Your blog is good, but still, you should consider to unite more scientists and create an anti-scientism and an anti new atheism fron inside science, it would be amazing to have it and to have people working on it, but yet, it’s something only can decide, you should create a scientific movement that opposes scientism and new atheism, but yet, only you can decide that and only if you can do that.

    1. Thank you Joshua. By sharing these ideas broadly I hope to reduce the usual lag time between when a scientific discovery or insight is made, and when it can be adopted and applied for the benefit of humanity.

      Rather than view the progress of science as a battle between camps of scientists, it may be more useful to view it as a battle of ideas, which win or lose by evidence. It may be overly idealistic, but it is possibly more pragmatic, as it is difficult to change minds that have settled in on a particular position.

      This is described well by “Planck’s principle”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planck%27s_principle

  4. Evening Jason, from Birmingham, UK.

    More a thank you than a question.

    Since a young age I have been fascinated by consciousness, cosmology and physics.
    It was depressing the way it was portrayed by popular science as a dead dumb and meaningless accident.
    Your videos have been invaluable to me, I cant thank you enough.
    They point to the idea it could actually be a profoundly meaningful, intelligent, creation…from what I don’t have an opinion, but I feel the truth is more beautiful than what we are taught.

    Thank you again.

    1. Dear Rob,

      Hello, I too have been fascinated by these topics. I am currently working on an article on consciousness, and it is taking so long both because it is a difficult subject and there is so much that could be said. You are right that these subjects are far richer, and deeper than many have made it out to be. I believe reality, and the range of possible and existing conscious experiences, are each infinite, and all conscious experiences are interconnected in subtle and complex ways. I hope to finish this next article and video on consciousness in the next month. I am glad the videos have been helpful to you. Thank you for writing me.

  5. Hello Jason, it’s Guilherme here. I am here for say that I would you to take a read on this https://www.reddit.com/r/nosurf/comments/tcoi6n/the_triads_of_internet_addiction/, as well as in this whole sub r/nosurf and say what you think about Internet addiction and about the whole r/nosurf thing. I can also say that the same logic for r/nosurf can also apply for gaming, popular culture and even Internet neopositivism as well, and this article about “The Triads of Internet Addiction” tell so well about it. I would also do the same for popular culture and for gaming, but I think it’s not necessary because someone will already do that. Anyway, I am posting this here since we are willing to discuss about political and social issues on your blog, we should also bring those topics here. I would even suggest you to create a forum for AlwaysAsking (if it is actually possible) and allow people to discuss there and such. Anyway, the whole thing about Internet addiction, mass media addiction and popular culture addiction are things that people should talk about, I seriously think that most of the things that are posted on r/nosurf that are indeed useful can be applied to gaming, mass media and popular culture as a whole, same way with the so called “brainrot” and the “need of looking for approval or rejection about something (most like an opinion, belief, worldview, idea, concept or whatever related to those) you think, believe, support, defend , reject, like, dislike and so on.” This happened with me a lot of times and still happen, that is the why it is a worth to look this sub and write what you think about that. And the same logic of r/nosurf can also be applied to Google and most search engines, but it’s already included on r/nosurf anyway.

  6. And Jason, when you will publish your article about God/gods? It will make one year you do not post any article on your blog and I am starting to get worried about that. Are you fine or are you still studying for your future articles?

  7. Often alleged fallacies (which includes logical fallacies, informal and formal fallacies) are not fallacious at all, but rather reasonable heuristics, first step to deal a complex problem or simple ways to deal with complex issues. Like ad hominem reasoning is not always fallacious, and that in some instances, questions of personal conduct, character, motives, etc., are legitimate and relevant to the issue, as when it directly involves hypocrisy, or actions contradicting the subject’s words. Same way it can also be applied for whataboutism, like in the case of someone doing the so called “the pot calling the kettle black”. As well as the so called “relativist fallacy” is not always fallacious, objective facts can indeed be subjective and relative facts when they depend of the interpretations of the people in question, like questions about politics, religion, spirituality, daily issues, tastes, social issues, same way with the “I’m entitled to my opinion”, it is not fallacious at all, and it is not always fallacious, everyone has the right of an opinion and even to express it, since you know how to defend it and are away of it, you can be entitled to your opinion, it is not fallacious at all often. And about the whole “no trueman scottish”, it is also not always fallacious, if the question you are is about a complex social issue or even things that are related to society, nationality, culture and such things. And also, about the “fallacy of relative privation”, well, it is not always fallacious, since some problems can be bigger than others and all problems can be seen as relative as well, like, the so called “first world problems” can also be valid if we consider everyone living in good conditions and everyone having access to the same services, the same for someone doing a bad thing and you have to ask the person to stop it, so yeah, it is not always fallacious. It is possible to do that with literally all fallacies as well, at least most of them, so yeah, logical fallacies are not always fallacious and often alleged fallacies or are reasonable heuristics or even simple and easy ways to deal with complex issues. Feel free to write what you think about it, Jason, and I am waiting for your opinion/view on that.

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