Personal Meaning

Darwin Be Damned: The New Rules of Evolution

by David King on September 16, 2012

The search for meaning is a big one. And it’s the only one that matters in the end.

I believe that everything can be reduced to meaning. I’ve always felt this way about life, not based on some book I read or on some theory I learned in school, but rather on my experiences. We are meaning-seeking creatures, every one of us, no matter our race, creed, or intellect. Meaning is our primary motivation, even if we don’t know it (and in fact, I believe most of us don’t).

Darwin’s theory of evolution and its underpinning mechanism, survival of the fittest, offer sound explanations for a number of life-related phenomena, including human intelligence. But survival of the fittest only explains the lowest 3 to 4 needs on Maslow’s hierarchy. It says nothing of the search for meaning, which would be … Keep Reading Here

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Signs

by David King on November 10, 2009

I’m a person who believes in signs.

Back in the 1920’s (and later first published in 1952), Carl Jung proposed the idea of synchronicity – the experience that two events are related when no underlying causal connection exists or is likely to exist. Within this framework, logic, reason, and science are not the only possible means of linking events. Jung added to this list the concept of meaning – the interpretation of causality due to the individual perception of a meaningful relationship.

My own experience with synchronicity has been this: If you keep your mind open, the signs are everywhere. Now, being of a research and science background, this notion can be very problematic, as it essentially creates an experimenter bias within this massive study that is THE WORLD. However, I am not convinced that these signs – these acausal … Keep Reading Here

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