How To Develop An Interest In Truth

By Leo Gura - September 5, 2016 | 36 Comments

The 64 Most Fascinating Questions A Human Can Ask

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Mayur says:

Wow , certainly , all those questions and many such , l have been pondering since my childhood , very few try to go and understand that deep , feels good that certainly I am one of them :)

Ragnar says:

Leo , are you 6.2 tall ?

Hunter says:

There’s a video of him on Youtube giving a toastmasters evaluation to someone..and i did notice he looks pretty tall. Leo’s an all around bad mother fucker. :)

Gianna says:

I’m thinking humans who are categorized as Autistic or something along those lines and even maybe the younger generation might Have some answers to these questions one day.

tisame says:

Fantastic!!! Thank you soooo much!! This video in particular articulates perfectly what I have been trying to communicate when people ask me for advice about their lives. (I’m a physicist, not a counsellor but they ask me anyway–lol!) So, I ask what their philosophy is on life, then offer the idea of how that philosophy is the foundation from which they live their lives–their paradigm. Most just ask me again later(ugh). But this video breaks it down to the practical, every day, understandable level so ‘philosophy’ isn’t an etherial concept at all! I’m texting this video link to everyone I know–lol!!! You’re awesome Leo!!

Darren Brookes says:

Isn’t this all just Plato’s cave again?

Louise says:

Why does is feel like I’m the one who’s depressed and low in motivation but i’m into these questions and the shallow ones who surround me and tell me I’m wrong all the time are the ones who are happy?

Ragnar says:

You may find your answer in leo’s ‘ Dream Life ‘ video

john says:

Hi leo, the questions that you encourage to investigat are interesting but the world and society works on respect which you get based on your money looks education occupation character. If you dont have these in place the world wont respect you. it is an egoic world and everyone wants to be better than each other and only resoect people who are better than them. This is just human nature and i dont think there is anything wrong with that. This is also why the alpha male exists and things like bullying happen. Noone likes to get disrespected and it really hurts you so why not live upto these values, have people respect you and be happy. Trust me, respect does feel good, infact i would go on to say that respect is happiness. As you live upto these values you respect yourself increase your self esteem(ego) , feel good about yourself and have others feel good about you and this leads to you being happy.

john says:

Infact it would be great if you could make a video on this

Rosemary says:

Dear Leo,
Would you recommend your reading list as a good source for answering the questions you posed?

San says:

Hey Leo,

Great video, some of your questions made me think about the concept of Dao by Lao Tzu, I’d love to see you discussing about that one day!

Best!

Ben says:

can someone write out the 64 questions as a reply to this comment?

Sevi says:

4 categories:
Metaphysical questions (2:46)
Epistemological questions (21:48)
Questions about the self (40:40)
Questions about consciousness (46:58)

Numbers show where the questions are at the video

Sevi says:

Metaphysical: the structures of reality/ why the thing is the way it is/ what really is reality.

# how existence exists at all?
What is existence
what does it mean for something to exist
how existence is related to non-existence
How do objects pass from non-existence into existence and from existence to non-existence

Sevi says:

# why is reality structured as it is?
Or reality has a definite structure in to order it
But why is it ordered this way and not some other way
Are there any other possible ways to reality can be ordered other than their own (4:28)

If we say it’s because of laws of physics;

Why are the laws of physics structured the way they are, could the laws of physics be different or do they have to be the way that they are

Are there may be other universes where the laws of physics are totally different and then, why would be that the case

Why is our universe the way it is, not some other way (5:08)

Sevi says:

# which comes first: consciousness or matter

So, scientifically we tend to think of the world is being made of matter and energy; physical hard stuff: rocks, trees, rivers, people, cars; but then again from a first person’s perspective consciousness IS the primary thing. … how does this consciousness come about and what is its relationship to matter? (5:41)/ is consciousness something that comes out of matter like a higher order emergent property?(scientists seem to hold it that way but) may be matter is something that we think up or that occurs conceptually with in consciousness; so which is it? / is matter with in consciousness or this consciousness arrives out of matter? (6:15)

Sevi says:

# What is matter, energy, space and time?

These 4 things are like the most primary qualities or quantities or variables in a lot of physics equations and yet if you study physics, there is no real answer to what matter, energy, time or space are (6:40)

These things are defined as some sort of question marks and we can certainly manipulate them in equations. But when it comes to like getting handle what matter is or energy, or even time and space, that’s very very tricky; so in a sense, the most fundamental building blocks of our reality are unknown.

Sevi says:

# what is outside the universe? (7:16)

Is our universe infinite or finite?/ if the universe is finite, then there must be what? A boundary? It’s like a sphere? That extends out in all directions but there is a boundary? Then what’s outside that boundary? Is it what, a vacuum? Is it less than a vacuum? Is it nothingness?

What would happen if you try to go through that boundary? If the universe is infinite, how could it be infinite? How could we even understand what it means for the universe to be infinite.

And if the universe does have a boundary, is there something outside that boundary? Like other universes?

Sevi says:

# what existed before the big bang? (8:11)

Scientifically we accept the big bang; a model at the origin of the universe, but so that says the universe came out of a little singularity; but WHERE DID THAT SINGULARITY COME FROM?

Saying that the universe originated from a big bang really doesn’t answer anything as to the origins of existence or the universe because you’ve boiled it down to some unknown variable which is really no different than saying that god created the universe or universe sits on a back of a turtle.

#where did the singularity of the big bang come from? Did it come from the other universes; did it come from something like a meta-universe? From a multi-universe?

Sevi says:

# how does the material interact with the im-metarial (thoughts, emotions, sights, sound, etc.)
Ex: one’s thoughts effects the actions / alcohol effects the mood (10:00)

# what governs what’s possible what’s impossible in the universe? (12:18)

# what makes a thing, a thing? / what actually determines what is an object? Ex: am I one (body as a block) or trillions of cells?
Are those boundaries created by human mind?

# does the evolution of the universe has a purpose?

# does eternal reality exists at all? (18:17)

# what could god be? What could be the origin of the universe?(18:58)

# what are thoughts?(20:10)

# how did life start? The very beginning? Where did all come from?(20:56)

Sevi says:

Epistemic Category
Epistemology: study of knowledge

# how do we know what we know? (21:53)

# how can I know anything for certain? (22:08)

#what do I know for certain? (22:15)

# why do billions of people believe in god? (23:45)

# why do people disagree about good and bad? Right or wrong/ what’s ethical and unethical/ moral and immoral (26:19)

# what’s evil? (26:30)

# is good and bad objectively truth or is that a construction of a human mind? (27:32)

# how come intelligent people delude themselves? How can we be sure that we are not deluded? (29:11)

A very fundamental question of epistemology and very useful because it forces you to ask:

#WHAT IF I’M WRONG? (29:20)

#what if I’m being self bias? (29:48)

# can there be a difference what serves me and what the truth is?? (30:35)

Sevi says:

# how could I know that I didn’t indoctrinated? (31:07)

# what is science? ( 32:09)

# what are the limits of science? (32:27)

# what is mathematics? What makes it valid? What are the limits of it? (33:04)

# what’s rationality? Why does it work? How do we know rationality can be trusted and relied upon and valid? What are the limits of it or is it limitless? Is it a feature of a human mind? (33:27)

# what is more reliable, 5 senses, rationality or intuition? Which one of those 3 should we use to develop our knowledge? Which one of those is most trustworthy?(34:00)

#what are the biases and blind spots of humanity as a whole? (34:20)

Sevi says:

# how do we evaluate our blind spots as humanity? (35:46)

#how do animals understand the reality?(36:13)

# how can we be certain about our knowledge and what we think is true?(36:50)

# why is the human understanding taken as the ultimate truth? (36:58)

# how do we know which expert we can trust?(37:16)

#Which model of reality is most accurate?/ what is truth? Itself? Is it an idea? Is it a model? Is it a concept? Is it actual reality? Is it something beyond reality?

What is understanding? Where does understanding come from? How can we trust and rely upon understanding? What is the ultimate truth? (39:07)

# what’s the best way to acquire knowledge? (39:54)

Sevi says:

# is reality ultimately understandable?(40:22)

can humans understand everything there is to understand reality or not? Simply because we’re limited by our psychology, biology and so forth

Sevi says:

Questions about the self:

# how can I be sure that I exist at all? / what is the self exactly? / what am I ? (41:11)

# how come or how did I come into a being?(41:45)
You were born biologically but you didn’t come online several years after that; there was no you until you aged 3or 4 and then there developed sense of you, sense of ego; before that it didn’t exist. So are you the body or are you the sense of ego? / if you are sense of ego, what is that? / what justifies my identity with my body and with my mind?(42:21)

# if I think that I’m the body and the mind, why do I think that?(42:32)

# the body is mine, the mind is mine then who is it that is owning these things?(42:46)

# what is in control of my thoughts?(42:12) / what is my role in reality?(45:58) / how should IT live my life? What should I do; what things shouldn’t I do?(46:50)

Sevi says:

Questions about consciousness:

# what is consciousness? / how come I’m conscious and what does it mean to me to be conscious?(47:17)

# how come science hasn’t explained consciousness; neither has religion? And why is that? Why is it taking so long for us to understand consciousness; what’s going on there?(47:55)

# how is perception possible? How is it possible that one physical object can perceive another physical object?(48:05)

# what unifies our senses?(48:12)
So we have sight, sound, touch, smell; we have emotions, we have thoughts and all of those seemed to occur almost in separate dimensions. These dimensions don’t seem to interpenetrate really, and yet at the same time all these dimensions are unified for us.

# so where are those consciousness located such that they are completely independent and separated, as it seems to be?

# it’s like we live in separate dimensions and yet we also interact with each other. What’s the mechanism there?(50:55)

# can artificial consciousness be created? Ex: can a computer become conscious? Or, is consciousness a property of biological organic life?(51:06)

Sevi says:

# can consciousness be split or joint?

Is it possible to take my consciousness and somehow split it in two; so that there are two consciousness?

Or, is it possible to take two consciousness like mine and yours and merge them together, so that there is one?(51:31)

What would happen if we joint every single human consciousness on earth together? Seven billion all multiplied together?

# is consciousness something that arises from higher level order creatures and such, or is consciousness actually sort of like a field that permeates the entire universe?

Sevi says:


And may be we have to think consciousness not as an emergent higher order property but actually as the most fundamental variable of the universe; in the same way we think about matter, energy, time and space.

# But if that’s the case, if consciousness is something that very very elemental, how do we account for that in our physics?

Because right now our physics doesn’t include that at all. There is no variables in physic equations for consciousness.

# what are the laws governing qualia?(51:57) Qualia being the sensations, colors and sounds all the first person’s subjective experiences that we experience (53:04) / so those, supposedly have certain laws and orders to them; it’s not just random. There is very concrete laws and yet how do these laws arise? And what are these laws?

Sevi says:

I don’t mind sharing but it’s better if you do your own push ups yourself Ben;)

Have a nice journey:)

Freddy Pilot says:

Thank you Leo for your huge work. Your videos are life changing.
You should absolutely read Michael Singer amazon.com/dp/1572245379/?tag=uts-website-20
He gives by far the best image I have ever read explaining the Enlightenment:
This is the image of a person volontarily recluded in a dark house he built himself and desperately working in order to engineer some lightning system. The only thing he has to do is to … Open the windows.. The walls are his thoughts.

Freddy Pilot says:

Thank you Leo for your huge work. Your videos are life changing.
You should absolutely read Michael Singer: The Unthethered Soul.
He gives by far the best image I have ever read explaining the Enlightenment:
This is the image of a person volontarily recluded in a dark house he built himself and desperately working in order to engineer some lightning system. The only thing he has to do is to … Open the windows.. The walls are his thoughts.

Andrew says:

Solid video, Leo. Questions such as these have haunted me ever since I had my own brief but intensely mystical experience of the “non-existence of time” while trekking alone in the wilderness for 3 weeks. Thank you for helping me to get back on track thinking about these essential questions.

Mandy says:

Not really good videos these days, Leo! Looks like you don’t have much to say anymore

Mark says:

OMG!!! I swear to god Leo has literally the best thumbnails out of any videos on youtube. I absolutely love them!!!! Your so awesome Leo!

Stephen zekpa says:

Hey Leo,
Thanks again for this great presentation! Can you recommend a good beginner book on epistemology?

Thanks,

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