A bold philosophical defense of existential nihilism based on modern science.
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When we imagine a machine, the result is always something close to a mechanical system that works by itself. It doesn’t bother us to think that it’s nothing beyond that. But how do we feel when we imagine ourselves as a machine? Empty. We have the feeling that something is missing. And what is missing? What’s there in a human that is missing in a machine? Illusion. The emptiness of the machine is the consciousness that our subjective world is a fiction; the consciousness that our humanity is a delirium, and that there’s nothing behind what we are living. We are machines, and our consciousness is a dream of this machine. Nothing else. Absolutely nothing.
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“Great. I cannot remember the last time I read something so interesting.”
“Divine essay, in a borrowed sense. It took me 40 years to understand this. A text like when I was 18 would have solved my search for the real nihilism. Worth more than the Zarathustra.”
— Jurandir Vieira da Silva
“Great essay. Special highlight for the phrase: ‘It is preferable to live in a meaningless world to believing in a false meaning to the world, one that points nowhere.’ When we are seeking a grandiose (and fanciful) sense of life, we end up giving little value to life itself. The act of living is the meaning of life.”
— André Felix
“In one word: great! More adjectives would be disposable.”
— Tom Carano
“I have it printed at the head of the bed to reread it a few more times. Great!”
— Julio Neves
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There is a lot going on here.
Have you ever read something and thought this is what I have been trying to say but couldn’t find the words. This may be one of those times when you read this short book. There is a lot going on here and I fear that only the reader who is well studied will get the full benefit. Don’t let the title fool you into thinking you know what this book is about or what there is to learn or not learn. I am 59 years old and this book has pulled it all together for me. Enjoy!