Life, the Universe, and Everything.

We all have views on the ways of the world, here are some of mine.

Firstly, we need to consider what the term Philosophy is going to mean on this site.

On the philosophy will not impress the academic world. They would classify it at best as "folk philosophy", which is a good thing, because the implication of that is it at least should be understandable.

On the discussion will still not rate as particularly academic, but for good reason, not lack of rigor or reason in the argument but to persue the academic method will bore the pants off you for no particular advantage.

On Things will eventually be considered in the light of the academic method, but for now the arguments should be understandable without the need for endless reference to other published material ancient and modern.

On This site focuses on Language and Paradox, two topics that lead to questions of primal significance to our presence.

FUNDAMENTALS - What is Philosophy?.

I am going to offer a simple definition. Philosophy is the art of asking questions. Philosophising is the action of asking questions, and the purpose of philosophy is to seek clarity.

This gets us away from the classic dictionary definition of a philosopher being a "lover of wisdom", a definition of no practical value, and avoids the need to then quote a long list of items the lover of wisdom wishes to study.
Unfortunately there are two terms that it is difficult to avoid in any forey into philosophy from the learned classes. Epistemology and Ontology.

This topic requires its own page here.

But a brief comment may help understand why I am reluctant to use these terms wherever it can be avoided.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is an excellent reference source. In an article on Epistemology it makes this comment:-

"...epistemology seeks to understand one or another kind of cognitive success (or, correspondingly, cognitive failure)..." Then goes on to say of "cognitive success":-

"There are many different kinds of cognitive success, and they differ from one another along various dimensions. Exactly what these various kinds of success are, and how they differ from each other, and how they are explanatorily related to each other, and how they can be achieved or obstructed, are all matters of controversy."

The sentence above says they have defined something as something else that they haven't got an agreeable definition for. The academics can't agree on anything.

There is a link to the article a few sentences above this one, learn about "cognitive success" if you feel the need, here are my epist-ontological views, otherwise scroll a little further and follow the links to my ramblings.

A simple overview site covering the main topics of interest.

Art as influence on body and life.

Paradox and the primacy of Language.

Living the Dream

Losing the need for control

The need for control is a fundamental demand of the human self. The most notable feature of dreaming is an absence of control. Yet dreams appear on the Screen of Perception, something that has one primary source of input, the so-called external world.

Philosophers, sages, guru's, neuro-scientists and psychologists have asked the question or made claims that imply that the world we experience may be a dream, but what credence can we give to such claims or speculations?

Living the Dream Part 2

Recalling that which never happened

Personally, I can remember aspects of dreams I experienced as a child, and a teenager, dreams that occurred over 40 years ago. The phrase "its only a dream" implies that I am recalling events that never happened.
So my question has to be, what on earth does "they were only dreams" actually mean.

Philosophy of Pornography

Controlling your thoughts.

The short video playing at the top of this column portrays three ex-stars of a voyeuristic business.
The ladies pictured above have all been involved in the "porn industry", one softcore, one hardcore, and one in a combination of both.
All have withdrawn from their activities, two for religious reasons, one for the personal danger of abuse in the hardcore sector.

If it makes you Happy?

Then why the hell are you so sad?

Is there pleasure in suffering?

There are a range of fundamental contradictions between pleasure and pain, masochism and sadism, and fantasy and reality.
The world of distractive entertainment relies heavily on stimulating these contradictions.

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