.

We’ll be overly simple:

.

(A)  First there was stuff.

   Proviso:  From looking at stuff, it seems that the first stuff was simple and small. Stuff got bigger and more complex as time passed.

   Problem:  How did stuff get emptied into space and then get rearranged?

.

(B)  First there was mind.

   Proviso: Getting stuff, dumping it into space, and assembling and reassembling it seems to involve some careful tinkering and direction.

   Problem:  All minds that we know about seem to require stuff.

.

(C)  Nothing is real; everything is an illusion.

   No provisos or problems–not even these words.

.

For more use the DOOR.

.

.

[MORE]

.

   The first 2 of the 3 great questions every other adult who thinks should continually ask are (1) What is? and (2) What matters?¹

.

   For reading about (A) consult any of a variety of science texts, articles, and books. Examine carefully what they say and what they don’t say.

.

   For reading about (B) I recommend Robert Lanza’a, Biocentrism.  As far as I know, Lanza is not a professing Christian but he’s adamant he’s not a New Ager. Rather he’s a medical doctor who came from the other side of the tracks who was “rescued” and “claimed” in the Harvard University Medical School parking lot as a teenager who had been cloning chickens in his basement. He’s trained with B. F. Skinner and done fundamental research on macular degeneration. Biocentrism is one of my favorite books. Lanza talks about his growing up and well as what he thinks and has discovered as a scientist.The book is quite readable. In a recent year Time called him one on the 100 most significant thinkers in the world. There’s also the crusty Oxford philosopher Keith Ward. You can google him for a variety of his materials.²

.

   For reading about (C) don’t consult anything because nothing out there really exists.

______________________________________

   ¹ Question (3) is What then should I do?.

   ² Of course there’s the Bible and many other sources, but it’s not our purpose to go into that here.