A Great Metaphysical Trend!
I just love this new trend in shows which attempt (some better than others) to broach a variety of complex or controversial technical topics like artificial intelligence, augmented reality, social media and various metaphysical topics like near death, psi-phenomenon, non-local consciousness and others. Reading reviews of some of these shows it appears that some of these topics provoke dismissive, even judgmental responses from some, particularly those who bow to the God of Logical Positivism (empiricism – strict materialist science where all knowledge is obtain through the sensory systems – if you cant see, touch or hear it, its not “real”).
However, those of us comfortable (or intimately familiar) with the idea of there being a transcended first principle, first philosophy, unseen underlying cause(s) or influences to the seen world (or consciousness), these shows are a welcome breath of fresh air (and thinking) in a world filled with mind-hobbling intellectual pablum for the masses. Anything that gets people talking and thinking about these topics is a good thing IMHO!
Keep them coming Netflix!
Refresher on Metaphysics
The word comes from the stack of 14 books given to students of Aristotle AFTER they read a stack of 8 on “physics” which covered the natural world and its properties. Literally the word means after physics but in fact it is BEFORE physics since those 14 books dealt with philosophical first principles dealing with the ultimate nature of reality, being, space, time, causality, things that don’t change and are the underlying cause of everything. Aristotle did not use the term “metaphysics”. He used the title “first philosophy” to describe this field of philosophy (along with ‘first science’, ‘wisdom’, and ‘theology’). The subject of metaphysics (broadly) deals with topics such as:
(1) The subject-matter of metaphysics is “being as such”
(2) The subject-matter of metaphysics is the first causes of things
(3) The subject-matter of metaphysics is that which does not change
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