Talons Philosophy

An Open Online Highschool Philosophy Course


A Self Styled World

Everything around us is created with the consideration of appeal. Life seems to be easier spending the day looking at pretty things than well… ugly things. This beautiful looping video should help you understand.




Patterns helping Predictions helping Understanding

What I Can Predict:

Each day we wake up with a good idea of how the next 24 hours is going to play out. There are a number of things we do in a day that we know about in advance. But there are many more things we expierence without knowing beforehand. People like to categorize and notice patterns. For example, I’ve gone to school every tuesday this school year, so I can easily predict, or know that I will attend school today. Based on the pattern of my weekly tuesdays, I can share the knowledge that I will go to school and then work.

A Demanded Prediction:

A larger scale example of patterns are weather forecasts. Weather is predicted by collecting data about the current state of the atmosphere, then applying what we already know about the the nature of the atmosphere. Unlike a desired prediction such as next weeks lottery numbers, or when I will die, the weather is constantlty predicted quite accurately.

Patterns are created by routine, as well as trial and error. I know what I did yesterday, I know what I’m doing now. Therefore I can make assumptions about what I will do tomorrow.





The Pursuite of Hardship

Throughout our lives we constantly make decisions through argument. We determine the soul pupose or idea and try our best to reach that goal on equal ground. When conflicts with people occur, the scale measures happiness. We hope to spread happiness equally to each person involved. Is that right? Should happiness be our absolute goal in life?

If you ask a person what their most memorable /life changing experiences were recently, they will possibly share some sweet story, as well as some real traumatic stuff. Things that can’t be forgotten or undone. Yet they might agree that they would have done anything at the time to stop the said experience from happening. Those kinds of experiences force us to learn by overcoming obstacles and ourselves to become better happier people.

It seems we get convinced that being happy and having fun will make us better people, but maybe being the best people we can be will make us happier.



Does Buddah know if the exterior world exists?

I’ve always wondered what it is that make me who I am. I could never conclude whether it’s all been pre determined, or if I am a product of the environment I live in. Althougth I am not religious, I’ve been curious if any religions teach their followers about the self, conciousness, and perception. Turns out Buddhism definitely does that! Buddah calls the things that make us unique our five skahndas. Which include form, sensation, perception, mental formations, and conciousness. It is believed in Buddhism that consciousness is foundation that the other skahndas lay upon. Some skahndas can lack in performance but still allow a person to be considered existing. With lack of consciousness people are arguably determined to no longer exist.

So if these skahndas create the self, and consciousness creates existence. We can only perceive the exterior world through the bias that is everyththing we know. Not everthing we don’t.



Black is not a colour

During my family’s sunday thanksgiving dinner, my cousin said I was wearing the colour black. We argued back and forth. Here is the basis of my arguement against his statement.

Premise 1: Colours depend on light to be seen.

Premise 2: In the absence of light you see black.

Conclusion: Therefore black is not a colour.



Are you guys robots?

Tomorrow I will talk a bit about the hopefully more common (than I am aware) thoughts about our true loneliness in the world. Whatever the world even is in the first place… This video may just be the soul reason I’m in this class. http://youtu.be/L45Q1_psDqk?t=5m53s



What’s Philosophy?

To me, philosophy if about pondering possibilities, creating answers and finding your place in the world. Philosophy does this for us by being a foundation of the unknown. The things we fear create reason to survive. Philosophy is being knowledgeable about the things we don’t know. And knowledge comes from expierence. Wittgenstein said “telling someone something they won’t understand is pointless, even if you add they will not understand it.”