Question by Kid A: Does this have a psychological explanation?
When I (often) think deeply, I mean really really deeply, for extended periods of time; I tend to experience this weird sensation.
I think about the universe, then think “what if nothing was here” then I realise, something is here, I know I’m here, but it’s all I know, we don’t know the meaning behind all this, or if there’s any meaning at all. We don’t know death or eternity.
I mean… what if there is no answer?
Why did the Universe randomly occur, when it did, if space has been around for eternity, why is the universe only 15 billion years old?
Science speculates that Existence is an inevitable cause of probability and logic, but surely, if nothing exists, why do logic or probability have to exist? Where did the laws of physics come from? Why are they like they are?
There are even more questions I could ask, but I’d be here forever otherwise!
The strangest feeling comes, when I realise my own consciousness, then think of the universe and everything, then I realise I don’t know how or why existence is even here, or why I’m aware of my own consciousness or why I’m me or why everything has to be like it is.
Or why we just happen to be in this tiny little pocket of the universe, why the universe happened to spring up in the middle of apparent pitch black nothingness, why normality is like it is. If we are just matter, billions and billions of cells, what makes us so different to anything else… even inanimate objects.
Though, as I said before, what really blows my mind, is just existence in general, most other people seem so caught up in their everyday lives. Most of the time I am too. It takes me over 40 minutes to achieve this baffling sensation, it’s impossible to describe, the thought of my own existence and consciousness, and not knowing where I am, or what anything is, just blows my mind completely.
We must also… sadly… accept the fact, that we will probably die without knowing what the hell this was, I don’t know what consciousness is, I don’t know if it continues after death. I don’t know whether I’d prefer consciousness for eternity after death, or unconsciousness for eternity. I don’t know whether everything, will one day cease to exist, and there will just be blackness for eternity and nothing will ever happen again.
I don’t know why anything. It almost makes you sick. To think that this world, which to me, used to seem so normal, up until now. How could something that seems so normal suddenly change in my perception to seem so mysterious, and well… scary.
I suddenly think, is this real? Then I think… what is real? This surely, is as real as any of it will get, and if we are living in a sort of dream, then what’s the meaning behind the existence out of the dream.
I found another question on here which describes my exact feeling perfectly – http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100529170019AAc22WJ
So, other people must also feel it from time to time.
I have to be in a certain mood to get this “sensation”, it takes a lot of thinking, I can’t get it, “just like that”. If you know what I mean.
It’s like I live in two different worlds, there is the “normal” world, which everyone else lives in, then there is the “other” world, which my mind ventures out to in need of answers, I don’t get anything from it, it only brings more questions, and makes me feel even more isolated.
Most people have no idea, so I could never talk about it, but I was just wondering.
I’ve never mentioned it to anyone before, I mean, they’ll probably think I’m crazy, which you might as well!
Answer by choko_canyon
You’re asking us if your thoughts about the nature of reality have a psychological explanation? Yes. All thoughts have a psychological explanation. That’s the nature of psychology.
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