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Whether it is poetry or prose, I experienced the same familiar pattern: once it’s just me and the blank screen/page, a wave of boredom rises up to meet me. I feel the urge to go somewhere – anywhere – to get away. And I let the wave wash over me. I accept I am bored, that boredom is part of the process – and I trust that if I sit here long enough, it will subside, and reveal a flicker of curiosity. That flicker is like the tiny flame a match sparks in kindling – easily snuffed out, but if you are patient, it will start to grow and burn brightly. Curiosity becomes interest, becomes fascination… and soon I’m lost in my writing, the words are flowing and I wouldn’t be anywhere or doing anything else in the whole world.

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more philosophy revisited.

Is it true that I am the only human being on the face of this earth?  Everyone around me is nothing more than a hard drive with gears and wires encased by rubber or some other malleable substance to create an illusion that we as a race are all in one.  Even though this thought is very abstract and “out there” how would I really know?  If I found out this was the case would I feel ashamed or embarrassed, misunderstood, singled out, maybe even unique?

Could a Robot learn new things or ideas without being synced or plugged in?  This I feel maybe the dead give away would be this factor.  I feel a robot could only learn new things when human put information into them since humans would be the creator as far as we know they could only know what we teach them.  Could a robot understand accents?  For example with the newest IPhone there happened to be problems with the voice response system and the Australian accent.  This makes me wonder what would happen in a daily conversation with a robot, could they recall daily acctivities or patterns?  Remember personal conversations or experiences?

Since it “Takes one to know one” I’m not sure how I could properly identify a robot, since I’m not a robot I don’t know what it feels like to be a robot, what it looks like to be a robot, how to function as a robot.  This statement has a huge loophole.  Since I do know what its like to be human, I should be able to draw an honest conclusion that everyone around me are in fact human.  What exactly does it mean to be “human”?

As a human we have minds, we know things. Unfortunately even if we don’t we still believe we do.  Could a robot still have a mind even though its nothing more then a box with a thought proses?  Would a robot’s “mind” tell them to raise their arm or would another force make them preform this task?  Substance Dualism takes the drivers seat with this.  If mind and body are distinct they really cant or shouldn’t be considered the same.  Like a human with nerves that are the highway messages travel on, robots have wires for there nervous system, So maybe the distinction between human and robot are become more cloudy.

In conclusion I am certain that I am surrounded by humans. Between seeing emotions, feeling emotions, and even the birth of live young.  We are all humans, science can dictate the rest.  “I think there for I am-René Descartes

More philosophy

Does knowledge require a “certain foundation” as Descartes claims? If so, is it preferable to claim that such a foundation is “reason” or “experience”? If you claim that “experience” is the foundation of knowledge, will it require admitting, following Locke, that we cannot have “certain knowledge”?
According to the Wikipedia online encyclopedia epistemology is defined as “Knowledge Science” This very definition encompasses this paper and one of my favorite topics in all of philosophy, the fascinating study of Epistemology.
To understand knowledge we must understand where or how it comes. We begin this discussion by studying Rene’ Descartes and John Locke. and their particular view of how one acquires knowledge. John Locke States “ Suppose the mind to be, as we say, a blank slate” (palmer p. 76). This is a interesting concept. What if the mind upon birth was completely blank, how would one begin to fill this empty space with knowledge, memories, and feelings. That is to say if feelings are “learned”. One would assume they are since we learn to associate feelings with actions at a young age. This still doesn’t explain why babies cry during birth. “Maybe birth is that painful”?
The foundation of Knowledge is unexplainable to me. I truly believe that everything in existence has a foundation and or grows from a certain base. A flower starts in soil, so maybe ideas state in the base or foundation of knowledge. Of corse in all fairness we should try and explain what Knowledge is. Knowledge should be defined as things learned along the way. Being philosophical lets just knowledge could be wrong. But on the other hand at least we know something.
I think that knowledge can be gathered upon experience, we gather knowledge by experiencing the world around us discovering what we like or dislike, how one gathers knowledge must by experience. For example, some people are visual learners, some rather read directions, some like hands on demonstration. All these examples are through experience. On the other hand, one does need to reason with oneself and within reason and human instinct we could agree to disagree that the thought process is far to complex to thrash out in a 2 page thesis paper.
Admitting ones life lessons or experience is a great way to reflect on what one has learned. In a lack of words its a good way to inventory our roll-a-dex of knowledge remembering what we forgot and maybe learning a bit about ourself on the way. Maybe the most important admitting will need to be through admitting mistakes. This makes one, I believe stronger, honest, and acquire more knowledge “As least you know you were wrong, that makes at least on thing right. Right? Correct).
Knowledge is all around us, in every aspect of daily life. We must absorb what is around us and continues on a journey towards ultimate knowledge. I don’t know what it looks like but, I should know when I get There.

deep talk, my philosophy thesis beginning

“What doest it mean to lead an examined life? will studying philosophy help one to lead an examined life? why or why not”

Throughout the ages Philosophers have been Philosophizing about this same thesis.  What does it mean to lead a self examined life? Is leading a self examined life worth the effort?  Is life worth understanding?  Why would these question be put into a discussion format and Contemplated for over 2,000 years.

Without a doubt we all love wisdom, or at least most of us do at one time or another in the space between birth and death. I am a learner and love learning. I hold philo and sophy close to my heart. (Philosophy) (the love of learning).  It seems the history of this question is deeply rooted in human history.  Originating with Socrates in the “Apology” he states a “Unexamined life is not worth living”, this like most of Socrates work is saturated with irony.  He did end up dying as all mortals do, his life was well examined though (Sick satire?).  Maybe we were correct and the lecture in class is true.  Philosophy does kill,  if not maybe a slow painful process.  But whats death anyway, besides life ending?

Lord Russel once said in lack of better words, we study philosophy not because we want to know about or what the answer is.  We study it for the questions themselves.  How philosophical is this?  This is why I believe it is possible and vital to lead a self examined life.

We should all lead a self examined life by studying ourselves and our perception of others in our surroundings.  Being in tune with life, nature, monotheistic, or polytheistic ideas, also broadening once perception of space and time can be great steps to leading this sought after “examined life”.  Us as humans can start Examining our life by figuring out our faults, since humans have faults we should understand them.  I feel a human fault may be a human strength.  After all it takes strength to recognize ones weakness.

After one is fully aquatinted with their faults, let them build on their strengths.  This in theory should generated a feeling of gratitude and happiness.  The blue prints of a self examined life, I feel are vary broad and open to change or re-planning.  This is part of the process, redesigning a thinking style that suits your life.

I feel that it is very important to lead a examined life.  Life is a journey and should be explored like every adventure one comes across in life.  Life is as they say “too short” to sit around and not explore mental, physical, emotional, and relationship endeavors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palmer, Donald.  Does The Center Hold Fifth Edition.  New York: McGraw Hill, 2008.

 

Rauhut, Nils, Ch.  Reading on the Ultimate Questions.  Boston: Prentice Hall, 2010.

 

 

 

Very true and interesting.

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