I am having a hard time grasping the material as I am a newbie to this, but I find it fascinating. Here are several questions that I have regarding the philosophies of Thomas Campbell:
1) What is it that created the entire "virtual reality"? I heard in an interview where he talked about how the big entity created bits and pieces of entities (human consciousness)....but what is the source?
-the fundamental beginning is "mystical" to even Tom's model
2) If the purpose of life is to grow and love, then why has the history of Earth been filled with non-intelligent animals?
- all sentience is an opportunity to grow, and choose between other and self, though with a wide range of decision space depth. Most of the variety is likely random and fractal, with sensor platforms evolutionarily seeking out profitable voids to fill, subject to strategic nudges.
Humans seem to be much more intelligent than anything else on Earth for no apparent reason.
- in the way a monkey cannot interpret a Land Rover, or understand the superiority of humans, humans cannot interpret higher forms if they indeed exist. The purpose is to have a variety of sensor platforms available for physical experience.
Also, why are most of the planets un-inhabitable for life?
- just because we do not perceive life, does not mean there is no life. Nevertheless, sometimes it is easier to let a fractal process play out creating millions of variations, then you pick the best of the lot for your purpose. Similar to drug testing.
3) Scientists believe that one day the solar system will be destroyed by the sun. So what is the point of bettering humanity?
- the bettering happens and is conserved in NPMR and will be deployed in other PMRs should that occur.
4) Why is there suffering in this world like illness?
- suffering tempers the raw iron into something more useful. Note the superficiality of individuals who have not experienced suffering. Suffering chips away ego revealing the image contained within the raw stone. False suffering diminishes as ego diminishes. Ego as well may attract illness as feedback. It can also be random, and an inevitable part of aging and exit.