Key Aspects of Ultimate Reality shaping people's perceptions of reality
The origins and composition of matter.
The nature of space
(Does space have limits or boundaries? What is outside our visible universe?)
The nature of time
(Did time have a beginning? Will it ever end?)
The origins of life on Earth.
(Is life a natural phenomenon? Does/did it occur elsewhere in universe?)
Our aging and mortality
(and the fate of a person's thinking and memories when the person dies.)
The nature of consciousness and dreaming.
The sources of our desires, instincts, impulses, drives, motivations.
The nature of morality
(Why do people have "morals?" Are there logical morals for humanity?)
The degree to which all events are predetermined by the natural behavior of matter.
The degrees to which people have free will
(i.e. allowing them to think and behave other than in ways governed by their genes and environments.)
The existence or not of a god or gods that can influence events on Earth.
The existence or not of more than one Ultimate Reality.
The rules governing the behavior of mass-energy
(and whether all events have physical causes or whether some events occur without any cause.)
The existence or not of things and events that people have not observed
(e.g. an unobserved tree falling in the forest, or unknown kind of atomic particle, or species of life that has not been observed.)
What is important on Earth?
(e.g. Happiness? Reduce suffering? Reduce our ignorance? Improve knowledge about these key aspects? Nothing? Other?)
What important "blind spots" might we have?
(i.e. How likely is it that important aspects of Ultimate Reality are completely unknown to us?)
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