- File Size: 152 KB
- Print Length: 42 pages
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- Publisher: TPN TXT (December 11, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 11, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006KWXE8M
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The Three Illusions Kindle Edition
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No doubt many will strenuously object to his point of view but in my experience he is spot on. Take a close look at your thinking and see who (or what) is really running the show, you might be surprised, pleasantly or otherwise.
In the book Mr. Reilly concludes that we do not have free will, time does not flow, and you are not a unified body. He contends that understanding these three things will bring you happiness, since you will understand that you have no control over your life and that you should simply enjoy the ride.
Mr. Reilly does a nice job of showing just how difficult it is to demonstrate that we have any control over our lives. But having something be difficult does not mean it is impossible. It is very difficult to show how consciousness came into being, but we are indeed conscious. Similarly it is difficult to show how free will would develop from a physical parts, but I think we will understand how that happens given time. In the end, a machine that can modify its own programming in response to that machine's decisions would disprove Mr. Reilly's first hypothesis that we have no free will.
His second hypothesis, that time does not flow, is based on our current limited understanding of time from quantum mechanics. Mr. Reilly contends that all of time exists at all time, but I think we will shortly find that the problems with our creating a unified theory similarly creates difficulty with our understanding of time. I think it is highly unlikely that we will ever discover a way to time-travel, and that would need to be possible for Mr. Reilly's contention to be true.
His third hypothesis I believe is correct, but helps very little. Sadly, that we are all waves made of star-stuff does not keep us from abusing one another. While we are indeed one, the differences between the parts makes for conflict.
In the end, I find myself feeling sad that after all of our scientific findings people still feel the need to revert to religious ideas; still struggle with the essential pain we all must feel to make life better. I believe the goal of happiness is mis-guided and even dangerous. If happiness is the only goal, why not drugs and video games forever? To make a better life we must feel pain and work through difficulties so our children have a better world to live in.
It feels like this book simply exchanges philosophy for religion as the opiate of the masses. Neither is a good thing.
This book tries to persuade the reader to change viewpoints and this very concept is at odds with the conclusions of the book. If nothing can be changed, why write this book? Nothing matters anyway, since everything is written, all is done, and we have no free will.
While the book does offer a difficult challenge to the reader, it also offers a challenge to the author. If you believe what you have written, why did you write this book?