12 Great Perennial Questions of Philosophy

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Almost since the beginning of thought, humanity has sought to understand the universe and its own existence. From the Vedas of India in the East and the Greeks in the West, mankind has asked thousands of question about the nature of life. However, we can group all the questions in 12 categories, the 12 Great Perennial Questions of Philosophy.

We have sought to explain existence through myths, superstitions, and religions on one hand; and through science and philosophy on the other. Religion proffers answers to many of these questions, but based on alleged “divine revelation” as interpreted by ecclesiastical “authorities”, and expressed in dogmatic and often irrational belief systems. (Definition of belief: any idea held to be true despite the absence of evidence: see the Psycanics exposition of the nature of “Truth”.) Science and philosophy eschew belief and faith, and seek to answer these questions by reason and logic: and mysticism answers them through personal experience. The Psycanics cosmology offers answers to the vast majority of these questions.

Philosophy can be considered the search for the answers to these 12 issues:

1. What is the nature of the universe? Where does it come from, and how did it come to exist? Is there a First Cause? Of what is it made? What is its purpose? What is the cause of change? What is the process of change? Is it evolving or devolving, or neither? Does it function by itself or would it degenerate into entropy and chaos without some kind of intelligent control?

2. Is there a Supreme Being? If so, what is Her nature? Did S/He create the universe (Creator / First Cause)? Does She continue to control it personally and if so, at what level and to what degree? Where is She? Is it possible for a human to have a relationship with the Deity, and if so, what kind? If so, why do we not have it now, and how is that relationship achieved? Does S/He intervene in the...
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