“Philosophy is dead”

February 10, 2011 at 10:08 am (philosophy is bullshit)

Philosophy is not a quest for knowledge. Philosophy is on a quest for its own relevance. “Philosophy is dead.”- Stephen Hawking.

Try as I might to explain the irrelevance of philosophy in today’s world, these people continue to waste their time studying it. Philosophy asks questions like “what is the purpose of the universe?” among countless others. Questions like this are meaningless and there is no grounds to answer the question sufficiently. Philosophy is not science, otherwise it would have outgrown itself, instead of being the anachronism that it is.

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Fowler’s stages of faith development

February 9, 2011 at 9:04 am (philosophy is bullshit)

Although I disagree with this, it’s worth noting. From Wikipedia:

Faith is seen as a holistic orientation, and is concerned with the individual’s relatedness to the universal:

  • Stage 0 – “Primal or Undifferentiated” faith (birth to 2 years), is characterized by an early learning of the safety of their environment (i.e. warm, safe and secure vs. hurt, neglect and abuse). If consistent nurture is experienced, one will develop a sense of trust and safety about the universe and the divine. Conversely, negative experiences will cause one to develop distrust with the universe and the divine. Transition to the next stage begins with integration of thought and languages which facilitates the use of symbols in speech and play.
  • Stage 1 – “Intuitive-Projective” faith (ages of three to seven), is characterized by the psyche’s unprotected exposure to the Unconscious.
  • Stage 2 – “Mythic-Literal” faith (mostly in school children), stage two persons have a strong belief in the justice and reciprocity of the universe, and their deities are almost always anthropomorphic.
  • Stage 3 – “Synthetic-Conventional” faith (arising in adolescence) characterized by conformity
  • Stage 4 – “Individuative-Reflective” faith (usually mid-twenties to late thirties) a stage of angst and struggle. The individual takes personal responsibility for their beliefs and feelings.
  • Stage 5 – “Conjunctive” faith (mid-life crisis) acknowledges paradox and transcendence relating reality behind the symbols of inherited systems
  • Stage 6 – “Universalizing” faith, or what some might call “enlightenment”.

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Philosophy is stupid-Encyclopedia of Stupid

April 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm (humor, philosophy is bullshit)

Funny, but oh so true. From http://www.encyclopediaofstupid.com/…php/Philosophy:

Philosophy is stupid.
Philosophy is, simply put, the attempt to explain why everything is so stupid. Philosophy started out sometime before 1975 when Rene Descartes used it as a parlor trick to prove that nothing really existed. Alarmed by his success, he set out quickly to prove that he couldn’t possibly be right, and failed miserably. The best he could come up with was that he alone existed, because if he didn’t exist he couldn’t ask if he existed (“I think, therefore I am”). Unfortunately for the rest of us he was unable to prove that we exist and so reality now hangs in a limbo inside the remnants of the psychic energy of Descartes’ mind.
Eventually Immanuel Kant came along and said basically that it was ok that nothing existed and we should direct our energy elsewhere instead of worrying about it so much. Ayn Rand came along and wrote 1300 books about what a moron Kant was. Somewhat later Wittgenstein came. Wittgenstein focused his entire life on the problem of language, and concluded that since we could all communicate with language, we were all stupid.
Thus we have the ultimate knowledge that has been the holy grail of Philosophy all along: absolutely no answers at all. You would do better to go back to calculating pi.

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