The surprising logic of Nihilism and how it leads to everlasting freedom and happiness

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by Paras Chopra on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Section
Society

Session type
Lecture

Technical level
Intermediate

Objective

You, my dear audience, will come out from this talk with a much broader perspective on life. Hope is to use science and logic to prove that there's no inherent meaning in life and (surprise, surprise!) why that's actually a good thing because of freedom and happiness this idea leads to!

Description

Nihilism is the philosophy that says there's no inherent meaning in the universe. From a distance, people find the prospect living without purpose depressing and unnerving. After all, why live at all when there's no purpose? Shouldn't one kill himself? However, surprising as it may seem, once you get convinced that your life has no (objective or universal) meaning, it gives you immense freedom and promises you everlasting happiness. Touching topics such as evolutionary biology, cosmology, sociology, God, suicide, happiness, psychology and philosophy, etc., this talk aims at convincing people the upside of Nihilism and why it makes sense not to get "too serious" in life!

Speaker bio

CEO of Wingify (Visual Website Optimizer) by the day, startups, marketing and analytics enthusiast by the afternoon, and a nihilist philosopher/writer by the evening!

Writing a book on Nihilism tentatively titled: "Life is absurd, deal with it". Lover of Nietzsche, Camus and Sartre.

Written about Nihilism, life and happiness already. Check out my writings at: http://paraschopra.com/blog/