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    Thatís philosophy for ya!

    Thatís philosophy for ya!

    At birth an infant has a minimal innate arithmetic ability. This ability to add and subtract small numbers is called subitizing. (I am speaking of a cardinal numberóa number that specifies how many objects there are in a collection, donít confuse this with numeralóa symbol). Many animals display this subitizing ability.

    At birth an infant and many other creatures have the ability to reason in a minimal way. To reason is to infer and to infer requires that a neurological structuring conducive to inferring is necessary. Thus to reason is to conceptualize and to infer. Conceptualizing is the creation of neural structures that make inferring possible.

    To infer is to make very simple Ďif thení decisions. Two Ďif thení examples are Ďif A is true and B is true than C is trueí and Ďif A or B is true then C is trueí. You can think of these as Ďandí gates and Ďorí gates. These two very simple inferences make it possible for us to do the reasoning that we do. If you examined your computer you would discover that these two simple inference Ďgatesí makes up your computer. All of the complex things that your computer can do results from these two simple elemental inference terms.

    An infant can do math and an infant can reason. Of course, we all know that our ability to do math can go far beyond this simple innate ability. Likewise, our ability to reason can go far beyond this simple innate ability.

    The philosophy department in college offers a course called Logic 101. Logic means principles. Logic 101 teaches the principles of reasoning. Every person should know the knowledge contained in Logic 101 but since few people were taught this they need to learn this on their own. If our schools did not teach arithmetic all citizens would be well advised to get a book on arithmetic and learn it on their own. Such is true also about reasoning; Logic 101 is the principles of reasoning. Just like math reasoning has vast complexities and possibilities for helping us live our lives

    Who is the judge? I am the judge for me and you are the judge for you. One cannot hide from this truth and it is a no brainier that each of us is well advised to become as proficient in this matter as possible.

    The Catch-22 is that the person who has little learning regarding this matter is the person most in need of self-study of this subject. In other words, the person with the least ability in making good judgments is the person who will make the judgment as to whether to spend the effort and time in acquiring the knowledge required to make good judgments.

    Each of us makes many judgments every day. Each judgment made has some affect on our life. There are bad judgments, good judgments, and better judgments. The more Ďbetter judgmentsí we make in our life the better our life will be, generally speaking.


    Physics is about knowledge and is about objects in our world. Philosophy is about understanding and is about meaning that we impose upon the world of objects.

    Understanding is a confluence of emotion and reason and happens rarely. It is a long step beyond knowing and is a synthesis of knowledge. When we do philosophy it is like the jazz player who integrates knowledge with emotion and plays the meaning that he or she understands. This understanding is not necessarily related to truth except that it is a synthesis of knowledge.

    Physics is about knowledge concerning objects that can be measured. Knowledge is about truth, i.e. about how reality is. Philosophy is about meaning; it is an attempt to understand the world as an object of meaning; it goes beyond that which can be measured. Philosophy does not deal only with factual knowledge. Philosophy creates meaning which has no truth value in the sense that physics does. Philosophy is not merely a word game but neither is it a natural science that attempts to speak to the nature of reality.

    Philosophy is a jazz solo. When we study philosophy we learn what the greatest minds have to say about these matters and from this knowledge we can get an idea of how we can do likewise.

    CT (Critical Thinking) is philosophy lite. This is what philosophy means to me.

    What does philosophy mean to you?

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    Re: Thatís philosophy for ya!

    funny thing is i just watched a jazz special on PBS and was blown away by the truths it seemed to say!?not in any direct/obvious way!?the lyrics of the songs could be considered philosophical!?the performance of same by gifted artists a philosophical "experience"!?even a "religious/spiritual" experience/exposure!?:freak3: :judges: :spin2: : heeh!!....just askn....
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    philosophy = character
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    Re: Thatís philosophy for ya!

    Quote Originally Posted by foxbaron View Post
    philosophy = character

    and character=!?

    :freak3: :judges: :spin2: : heeh!!.....just askn....
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    Long ago I asked a professor of philosophy ďwhat is philosophy about?Ē He said that philosophy is about radically critical self-consciousness. It was 30 years later that I finally understood his meaning and was able to agree with it.

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    Re: Thatís philosophy for ya!

    Quote Originally Posted by coberst View Post
    At birth, an infant has a minimal innate arithmetic ability.
    This is a Science forum, not Scientology. You want the Religion and Cults forum....down the hall and to the left, just past Lunatics On Drugs.

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