#Idea – What happened to philosophy? / 06.02.18

Pharmacology and psychology fill the space that philosophy once occupied,
Taking the onus to find meaning and happiness away from the individual,
Moving it to external sources.

The proposition:
Live better with the assistance of various substances and biochemical manipulation
Or with the help of someone else shrinking your head.

Meanwhile, philosophy has become associated with irrelevance, a kind of intellectual masturbation.
It is no longer considered practical information that can help us live happier, more meaningful lives.

And yet,
To a great extent
Your thinking got you where you are
And,
Your thinking can get you out of it

And that is what philosophy is all about.

Philosophy is not dead. It’s just gone to sleep for a while.

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#ThoughtExperiment – Time / 18.12.17

As, on one level, time is an entirely subjective thing, could you live longer (…in a psychological sense) if you slowed your perception of time? And thus make life seem longer?

If so, can we train ourselves to do this?

If so, how?

More boring experiences? The practice of daily mindfulness? Something else?

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” – Michael Altshuler

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