THE END IS NEAR

THE END IS NEAR

Assuming this is reliable, and we have more reasons to believe it is, rather than not.

“When Donald Trump decided to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria in order to please his personal puppet masters in Russia and Turkey, it did more than just prompt Secretary of Defense James Mattis to resign in protest. It turns out U.S. military officials are now cutting off all contact with Trump, and it’s coming at Mattis’ instruction.”

“Then again, when the “President” of the United States is merely a guy who treasonously conspired with a foreign enemy to rig the election in his favor, and was not legitimately elected to anything, can you even have a coup against him?”

“In a startling revelation, military leaders are now going out of their way to avoid “interacting directly” with Donald Trump, according to a new CNN report, for fear he might issue them an impulsive and destructive order. They would have to immediately follow any such order, even if it were as ludicrous as, say, bombing a United States ally. They’re cutting off contact with Trump because General Mattis told them to, for the good of the nation.”

#donaldtrump #trumpocalypse

THE VALUE OF TEACHING PHILOSOPHY EARLY

THE VALUE OF TEACHING PHILOSOPHY EARLY

“Introducing philosophy to children at a young age provides a great opportunity to cultivate their sense of wonder; it helps to develop their ability to ask big questions and think independently.”

“Philosophy can awaken and extend a child’s sense of astonishment. A deep-rooted sense of amazement and awe in a child can give rise to a lifelong passion for learning and inspire them to set out on great thought-adventures. It is impossible to tell where such thought-adventures will lead. By their very nature thought-adventures involve stepping into the unknown. Moreover, a child who is truly prepared to learn might not even know for certain if they are on the right path to the knowledge they seek or if they will ever attain it. Yet the discoveries they make along the way can fill a child’s life with a wealth of meaning and joy.”

#philosophy #education

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/why-it-s-crucial-that-children-should-learn-philosophy-1.3733926

STOP DISSING PHILOSOPHY!

STOP DISSING PHILOSOPHY!

“It has become sadly common for science popularizers to dismiss philosophy as an empty, altogether useless discipline consisting of circular abstractions. Even scientist Stephen Hawking went as far as to declare philosophy dead. I believe this public dismissal of philosophy, rather than reaffirm science, brings harm to its integrity.”

“When science popularizers dismiss philosophy, they are making one or more of several mistakes, amongst which:

(a) being unaware and uncritical of the intrinsic boundaries of their preferred method of knowledge acquisition;

(b) taking one particular ontology—usually, mainstream physicalism—for the self-evidence truth, thereby projecting an unexamined belief system onto nature;

(c) extending the scope of science beyond what is justifiable by its method, thereby putting the integrity of science itself at risk.”

#philosophy #bernardokastrup

WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS? (Part 2)

WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS? (Part 2)

“As we saw in the previous entry of this series, philosophers of mind usually distinguish between what (after David Chalmers) they called the ‘easy’ and the ‘hard’ problem of consciousness. The ‘easy’ problem refers to how to explain the functioning of the brain: how does it manage to do things that seem to require some higher or lower degree of consciousness, like recognizing faces, words, social rules, etc.; or to generate sentences or appropriate physical movements, etc. This functioning, as well as its explanation, could in principle be described in purely ‘objectivists’ terms, and to explain the role of consciousness in them would pass through doing something like what we saw in the previous entry: identifying the ‘physical signatures’ of conscious activity, and studying the causal connection between those physical processes and the rest of the brain activity involved in the phenomena we wanted to explain.”

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https://mappingignorance.org/2015/03/23/what-is-consciousness-2-is-the-hard-problem-really-hard/

WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS? (Part 1)

WHAT IS CONSCIOUSNESS? (Part 1)

“One of the most strongly debated philosophical problems is that of the nature of consciousness. This is no surprise, since it is probably the most difficult question, at least apparently, for naturalistic or materialistic views of the world. After all, the necessity of having a spiritual cause of the existence and order of the cosmos is far from being self evident, and also not many people would literally bet their necks for our capacities of catching abstract mathematical truths being utterly unexplainable from the mechanisms of our nervous system.”

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https://mappingignorance.org/2015/03/11/what-is-conciousness-1-its-physical-signatures/

POP CULTURE PHILOSOPHY

POP CULTURE PHILOSOPHY

“The Good Place is having a very good year. It’s just been nominated for couple of Golden Globes and renewed for a fourth season, and it’s on everyone’s year end roundups of the best shows on television. But much like the fate of one’s immortal soul, the show’s success was by no means a sure thing. It’s a candy-colored fantasy about the arithmetic of virtue (can we put an absolute value of good and bad and tally them up?) that regularly name drops Kant, Aristotle, and Hume.”

#philosophy #thegoodplace

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a25426147/michael-schur-interview-the-good-place-season-3/