Social interactions and daily tasks involved in being a successful member of the human species can sometimes feel automated and depersonalizing. Sometimes others appear as malfunctioning machines, repeating the same maladaptive or just menial behaviors. . .and thats when sometimes philosophy is the only consolation, well that and laughing and maybe a mountain hike.
My Statement: I believe we humans live in an environment surrounded by biology and technology, yet a majority of us focus merely on short sighted effects of those things. Contemporary discoveries in science and advances in technology describe an existence in a much more mechanistic way than any of us could have imagined. Being able to incorporate this information into our conscious while maintaining respect for human creativity and emotion will be important for future human technological advancements and environmental management. I also believe life extension "200+ years" via bio-physiological modification is well within the grasp of my generation, and I'll do my best to participate in these efforts.
Location: U.S. Denver
Education: B.S. in Psychology, Minors in Art History and Biology
Political Views: Libertarian Transhumanism
Religious Views: Agnostic
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Atom and the Archetype is a series of letters exchanged between quantum physicist Wolfgang Pauli and psychoanalyst extraordinaire/founding father of analytic psychology Carl Jung (also, my primary reason for studying psychology).
The startling aspect to this communique is how at times if you don’t know the penman at the end of the epistle, you can confuse the scientist for the shrink and vice versa.
Marvelous and confounding and very highly recommended a read.
I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this. Finding and reading ASAP.
I believe in objective secular morality, founded on reason and universalism. I think a common mistake is the idea that if we ditch religion, we must fall back on moral relativity. Then the religious people feed on this and get to accuse secular people of being nihilists or hedonists. But I think that an objective secular morality can easily be formulated without relying on an appeal to authority, wether that be an appeal to a deity or an appeal to government. In some ways, I share a lot in common with the philosophy of the Objectivists (Ayn Rand’s philosophy), although I think they make some wrong turns and draw some erroneous political conclusions.
I think that morality has declined in the west because we have abandoned reason for secular forms of faith (often political ones). We are not taught to value ourselves. Rather, we are taught to value an endless array of group-identities. Thus, instead of identifying ourselves as individuals we think of ourselves as a part of imaginary collective constructs, such as political groups, races, nations, economic classes, and so on. Out of the crises of meaning brought on by the relative fall of medievalist religion, we have sought meaning in the wrong places. And the pursuit of science has unfortunately lead us down a path that leads people to erroneously accept determinism, thus denying free will. We need a new enlightenment.
what the fuck is this shit
Lol, I really like the talking heads but postmodernism is so ridiculous.
Even if you read the Dadaist manifesto they claim to be a cacophony or culture-jam, but their very existence is part of culture, makes a statement, progresses ideas or thoughts … i.e. unless everyone destroys all history or their memory at the exact same time, they exist as a form of modernism because they exist in time space.
The Skin Team by Jordaan Mason, page 131 (via closerbones)
there’s so much hostility everywhere over everything and nowhere to get away from it. do other people feel like this? what do you do to cope?
Oh well, I often imagine a near futuristic society led by scientists and intellectuals “where all my pedantic qualities are appreciated”. War, violence, over consumption and the monetary system are seen as forms of disorganization and are thus eliminated from our culture… human culture. Any current political,environmental, or economic troubles will soon be remembered as an almost childish view of our biosphere after the roar of consilience has arrived.
Umm so I read articles about scientific/tech advancements, make time to appreciate art and drink a lot of tea. It’s like all the maladaptive behaviors currently taking place on a global scale are just a hiccup which will be resolved by human innovation. I don’t think it’s denial or just being hopeful, I think it’s logical foresight err acknowledgment of longitudinal human advancement.Or sometimes I just stay in bed all day and watch cartoons.
Since moving, I’ve made observations of the significant social differences in living in a neighbourhood with a large Arab population. Today, after almost hitting me with their car (and subsequently being told off by myself), three young Arab men waited for me to exit the bakery so they could swear at me and assault me.
It’s easy to write off an incident such as this as a simple altercation, of which there are many, independent of one’s cultural background. But it’s hard to not take this and connect the dots with men who stare at me constantly and the complete lack of women socializing in my neighbourhood.
Until we are willing to have mature, rational discussions about how “imported” cultures can affect our society – a discussion that cannot exist if we are quick to hurl accusations of racism and “Islamophobia” around every time someone criticizes aspects of someone else’s culture – these incidents are destined to repeat themselves, and to worsen.
One of my favorite professors was labeled a racist for pointing out a lack of cultural integration. It’s not even as though he or you are saying they should conform, it’s a matter of acknowledging differences. US culture is ingrained with protestant ideals, and for the most part I like it, I’m agnostic but still appreciate it. Expectation are crucial for social interaction, it’s a type of language that maintains order. Knowing what to expect from people makes sense.