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Date: 07/23/11 08:10 AM

21 Responses to Alan Watts Discusses Nothingness

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    kribbe Male 18-29
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    July 19, 2011 at 7:30 am
    Link: Alan Watts Discusses Nothingness - Alan Watts discussing the state of nothingness
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    July 23, 2011 at 8:22 am
    that made me feel no better about death.
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    Corpsecrank Male 30-39
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    July 23, 2011 at 8:32 am
    "that made me feel no better about death."

    Probably because it really has nothing to do with death...
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    ixelion Male 18-29
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    July 23, 2011 at 8:49 am
    he never explicitly explains what nothingness, only that it is the thing in which all things originate. He claims that it is spiritual in nature but thats just silly.

    When we refer to "nothingness" we are actually just referring to anything in the physical world that is beyond our comprehension, things we cant understand. Since we don`t understand it we call it nothing or "blankness" an undesirable state we must avoid at all costs (death).

    More likely in the future as science and technology advances and the brain evolves we will be able to understand "nothingness" just fine.
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    ixelion Male 18-29
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    July 23, 2011 at 8:50 am
    and then we can turn ourselves into non-corporeal beings made of pure energy
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    madest Male 40-49
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    July 23, 2011 at 8:50 am
    I think the universe proves "nothingness" is an impossibility.
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    ixelion Male 18-29
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    July 23, 2011 at 8:52 am
    he never explicitly explains what nothingness, only that it is the thing in which all things originate. He claims that it is spiritual in nature but thats just silly.

    When we refer to "nothingness" we are actually just referring to anything in the physical world that is beyond our comprehension, things we cant understand. Since we don`t understand it we call it nothing or "blankness" an undesirable state we must avoid at all costs (death).

    More likely in the future as science and technology advances and the brain evolves we will be able to understand "nothingness" just fine.
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    Lillim Female 30-39
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    July 23, 2011 at 8:59 am
    Actually, Corpsecrank, if you`re an atheist (or, apparently, Buddhist), it has everything to do with death. When you die, that`s it. Nothing endures, you become nothing. And Alan Watts is arguing that that`s not something to be afraid of.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    July 23, 2011 at 9:46 am
    I am content with the idea of becoming nothing. I am grateful for my finite life but must finish. With luck, my children will continue after me and theirs after them. I must not be eternal, because my time will have passed. If you are a parent, you will understand this, regardless of religion.
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    MikeyNiv Male 18-29
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    July 23, 2011 at 10:23 am
    I was hoping this would be a theoretical physics video.
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    krisley Male 18-29
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    July 23, 2011 at 11:09 am
    I`m not sure what to make of this video, it all sounds like philosophical hogwash, but I hope Draculya is right and that in time I start to cope with the idea of just plain not existing anymore. That whole idea has kept me up for seemingly weeks at a time.

    Here`s an interesting thought experiment with color. Usually when we imagine nothingness, we imagine it as black (makes sense since since that is the color of the absence of light) but what if it wasn`t black? What if it were white, or green? What if even black was just another color, not merely the absence of color, and nothing was genuinely... nothing?
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    the-x-ray Male 30-39
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    July 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm
    looks like a hypnosis video. braindrat.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    July 23, 2011 at 12:31 pm
    HD vids impress me
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    fiizok Male 40-49
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    July 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm
    I never expected to see anything related to Alan Watts posted here. His lectures are remarkable and mesmerizing, full of ideas worth some serious thought. But they`re not really geared toward the five-second-attention-span crowd.
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    FreedomFrie Male 30-39
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    July 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm
    His whole point was `embrace nothingness because there`s a whole lot of it in outer space` - :|
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    Raokin Female 18-29
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    July 23, 2011 at 3:15 pm
    This video amounts to a whole lot of nothing as well, which is why it makes no sense.
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    Heureux Male 40-49
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    July 23, 2011 at 5:18 pm
    "This video amounts to a whole lot of nothing as well, which is why it makes no sense."

    When you have a great deal more life experience, you may understand.
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    kameo360fan Female 13-17
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    July 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm
    Wow. It all amounts to:
    Everything is nothing and nothing is everything. Life is a paradox!
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    Sachi001 Male 30-39
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    July 24, 2011 at 2:02 am
    Sigh..... cosmological argument.
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    TwoTone Male 18-29
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    July 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm
    Is it saying that nothing either in space or in the mind amounts to the hypothetical body to possess property and therefore all things are a blank slate which are projected onto but ultimately forged through what`s not technically nothing so long as the potential to exist is present, including us and thereby we are nothing? Like space isn`t nothing because it has the ability and the potential to have something within it`s preoccupation. @ Heureux with your vast life experience u mind helping me out here?
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    tatripp Male 18-29
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    July 24, 2011 at 3:23 pm
    this video proves how if you play nice and slow music even NOTHING can sound good. hahaha

    this is a joke

    Oh and Kameo360fan: accepting two different and contradicting ideas is not a paradox, it is a contradiction. Something cannot be nothing by definition.

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