|Science is cool, dawg|
This theme of studying nature to find insight into the spiritual comes up again and again, from Lao Tzu to Aquinas to Emerson. And I whole-heartedly agree: its the greatest idea in all of philosophy. How can one stand before the awesome power of Iguazu Falls or stare up at a brilliant desert night sky, the universe staring back at you, and not feel something? Meditating on the awesome infinite smallness and bigness, the scale and complexity, the beauty and order beyond imagination or comprehension leads, for me at least, to the inescapable conclusion that the universe is too perfect to be an accident. But if it is, its the greatest and most incredible accident that one could ever fathom.
|psst... yo dude, don't listen to that guy|
Ok, ok, I swear I'll get to my Fab 5 philosophers soon, but there are just too many glittery nuggets laying around on the path to Spinoza. Its a shame not to pick some of them up.