What are you looking for, and why do you still hide from it? A question that would have such power if it had come from the friendly and good looking stranger that just left the seat beside mine. Alas, it comes from my own voice; it comes from that place where all the other important … Continue reading
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Continue reading
Think about it this way: if proper evidence and sound argument show a notion to be insufficient, there is no need to safeguard it. Change is good if it leads us to better states. Continue reading
We should never accept anything blindly or on bad evidence. Our decisions should always follow proper evidence and sound argument.
This small change has generated an increase of 132% in general traffic. I will post the numbers once this new social media experiment is complete it. Continue reading
Simply put, it is the attitude, or desire to test what you think you know, or what you believe, in order to ensure that it is true. Continue reading
As I shared before, I have been enrolled in several philosophy courses these last couple of years. I have done this solely for the purpose of personal development; and it has helped me to understand the more abstract components of my own experience. It is worth noting at this time that, in the past, that is before I undertook the endeavour of studying philosophy as a discipline, I had little to no respect for the idea of it. The mere mention of its name caused contempt in me, and often disdain for those who leaned on it as a viable method for understanding anything at all. You see my view of philosophy was contaminated by the misuse (or popular equivocation) of the term, which like many other powerful and important words in our lexicon, is polysemic ; which in turn has to do more with the sense or the semantics of the word according to the context it is used in. This is all due to my own ignorance, of course, I should be a bit more immune to such logical fallacies and canards.
Polysemy (/pəˈlɪsᵻmi/ or /ˈpɒlᵻsiːmi/; from Greek: πολυ-, poly-, “many” and σῆμα, sêma, “sign”) is the capacity for a sign (such as a word, phrase, or symbol) to have multiple meanings (that is, multiple semes or sememes and thus multiple senses), usually related by contiguity of meaning within a semantic field.
In what we can see as everyday use the term can refer to someone’s [specific] worldview that while being subjective cannot be inspected properly outside of the experience of the individual holding it. After all, most of us have heard and tried to listen to Russel Brandt spewing nonsense and labeling it his “philosophy”. More upsetting than that (to me) was the willingness of his defendants to call it the same. And I maintain that this is one of the many instances when observing subjectivity too closely is more vicious than virtuous, because it gives people permission to exonerate certain ideas from critical examination.
It turns out that philosophy, as it relates to the worthwhile area of academic study; and points to the erudite thinkers of the past, is concerned with facts, and more importantly with challenging what these and all thinkers hold as true. Philosophy is about thinking about thinking, and further, worrying about how that thinking takes place. It is a metacognitive commitment to knowledge and the process of arriving at what we can securely refer to as knowledge.
My views on philosophy have changed, and so have many of my perspectives on the world and what I think I know about it. I am more sceptical than before, and more willing to scrutinise my perception in critical ways. I have found in philosophy the essence of humility and intellectual honesty. And after having paid for these courses what some would consider more than necessary, this acquisition of intellectual consistency is absolutely priceless.
This exercise consists of 5 steps that will help you start challenging and testing your ideas – your critical thinking skills. The video explains the process graphically. As it is suggested in the video, do take your time with your choices and thinking about them. Remember that intellectual honesty is essential to critical thinking and … Continue reading
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We, and I mean most of us who are over the age of 20, have heard (or come across) those little nuggets of seemingly priceless knowledge that promise to guide us towards life-changing epiphanies. Usually, they are offered to us as valuable lessons by someone who cares enough about us (at least at the time) … Continue reading