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Originally posted by tachyonmind
reply to post by Itisnowagain
My point was that teachers and philosophers consider everythink, regardless of the context in which it was thunk.. life is serious business, unless you're a clown
edit on 6-8-2013 by tachyonmind because: (no reason given)
However, the study of philosophy is not necessarily about discovering all of the answers to life’s toughest questions. Skepticism lies at the heart of philosophy. Therefore, asking a question is more fundamentally important than answering one. In philosophy, questioning a deeply held belief or social practice sets one onto the path of true understanding, and it’s this understanding that leads to meaningful personal and social change. A good philosopher recognizes the danger of accepting knowledge at face value. Social or scientific theories may be untested or contain personal bias; trusting them immediately could result in terrible consequences.
Originally posted by Itisnowagain
Does the world hate philosophers??? How did you come to that conclusion?
Philosophy is a field that, unfortunately, reminds me of that old Woody Allen joke, ‘those that can’t do, teach, and those that can’t teach, teach gym.' And the worst part of philosophy is the philosophy of science; the only people, as far as I can tell, that read work by philosophers of science are other philosophers of science. It has no impact on physics what so ever. ... they have every right to feel threatened, because science progresses and philosophy doesn’t.
-- Lawrence Krauss, author of A Universe from Nothing (Source)
LOL- No I doubt he thinks anyone is petty and he is superior... I've watched him invest himself deeply in discussion with a psychiatric patient on the best way to send messages to the mothership.
Originally posted by ImaFungi
reply to post by Bluesma
Professor of philosophy really? I would love to talk to that guy, would be cool if he made a thread on the board in the philosophy section to ask him questions...though he probably thinks we are all petty and he's superior and the best.
Does Philosophy Have a Purpose?
The Greek mathematician Apollonius of Perga was asked about the usefulness of some of his theorems in Book IV of Conics to which he proudly asserted...
"They are worthy of acceptance for the sake of the demonstrations themselves, in the same way as we accept many other things in mathematics for this and for no other reason.
Originally posted by tachyonmind
of course it was a joke xD
Seriously though, i am a philosophy professor, although i also teach physics and chemistry.. My interests include everything, nuthink is beyond investigation when you dedicate your life to education..edit on 6-8-2013 by tachyonmind because: (no reason given)
" 42,The Answers of Life,in Life for Life."
Does Philosophy Have a Purpose?,
42 (forty-two) is the natural number immediately following 41 and directly preceding 43. The number has received considerable attention in popular culture as a result of its central appearance in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as the "Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything".
Now some of you might say, as many people do: "Aw, I never think in such abstract terms — I want to deal with concrete, particular, real-life problems — what do I need philosophy for?" My answer is: In order to be able to deal with concrete, particular, real-life problems — i.e., in order to be able to live on earth.