Talons Philosophy

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Music’s Universal Language: The Art of Sound

Listen to this video as you read through the post.

The history of music is beyond the age of books and literature.  Most people would agree that dates back to the beginning of humans and tribes. Music was used during wars to signal raids and also to create peace treaties in the time of the tribes. One of the most beautiful things man has created to expand their musical abilities is the guitar, specifically the acoustic guitar. Although there’s different kinds of guitars for different sounds, in my own personal opinion I think that steel stringed guitars sound the greatest with their twang added and harmonizing effects. The “Imperial Guitar marketed by the John Church company .. in 1891, may have been the first guitar advertised as being built specifically for steel strings”. Although there had already been guitars around that used steel strings before, these were the first guitars designed specifically for them.

It’s not the actual guitar though that I consider art, it’s what the guitar creates, and the story that it tells. The guitar is the paint brush, the notes are the paint, and the guitarist is the source of creativity; the painter. When a guitar produces music, it jumps over our walls of emotions and can change how we think within seconds of listening. It’s the one language that everybody understands. In the video, it shows just three kinds of notes from guitars; the strings, tapping, and harmonics. You take these 3 kinds of notes and you become the worlds greatest artist ever known, you take them and you keep on striving for more. The most beautiful thing about playing the guitar is that it’s an art that is impossible to perfect therefore causing the guitarist to continuously grow into a greater painter, and a better story-teller. The power of music is greater than any kind of government, it’s richer than the million dollar man. These notes from guitar’s crawl across every border of both our mind and our world. They tell stories and guide rituals. Now that to me is art; the art of the human mind, shown through the guitar’s notes as the story we all need to hear.



Network Marketing’s Impact on Teenagers

Ethics: http://ezinearticles.com/?Network-Marketing—How-to-Earn-Money-As-a-Teen-in-MLM&id=4238137

In today’s time, people are always trying to find something knew, everybody is bored of doing the same thing each day. The one thing that sets the current generation apart from the last few however is that we now have what’s called network marketing, it’s recently become popular especially among teenagers. The idea of “being your own boss” is much more appealing than having a job (just over broke). The concept of network marketing is that you don’t move forward with you making all the money, it’s your entire team/company developing a decent income together as one.

The beginning of this particular article states that “Network Marketing is a legitimate business opportunity that has created a lot of millionaires and allowed even more people to enjoy a life of financial freedom and pleasure.” This gives off the friendly impression that anyone can do it. Yes anyone can do it but not everyone finds this to be successful for them. When a teenager reads such a post, does it encourage them to start their own business through network marketing? Yes it does. Does it tell you how to be successful? Not really, it’s gives a brief overview saying that “if your like most teens and young adults you are an active social media user. You could promote products and services that you and your friends use often.”

What I see from this article is that young adults/teenagers should go out and start investing in a business now while their still young. Is this a good idea? How would this impact their lives if they succeed/fail? Think to yourself, how often do young adults make millions now a days, it’s starting to become more popular. What this article leans towards is that we should hop on now and invest into this “legitimate business opportunity”. So I leave you with this, should teenagers take the leap into life and take the lead as a role model for future generations to come or should they wait and go study in university first then working for someone else’s business allowing the next generation to take the leap instead?

“Network marketing is the big wave of the future. It’s taking the place of franchising, which now requires too much capital for the average person.” — Jim Rohn, America’s Business Philosopher

One last point is a quote made by Albert Einstein stating that you should “try no to be a man of success, but a man of value”. Is it good for these teenagers to be developing their own business at such a young age? How would this impact their morals and personal opinions on finances?



Trying to grasp Epistemology (Gregory Gosse)

So. Epistemology. Whats my Take on it? Well…

I’m told its A & B = C … So is that like saying Shopping & Bills to pay = Money Loss?

If you decide to go shopping ALL THE TIME then you have NO money left to pay your bills. Yet when you paid off those treacherous bills, you have left over money and decide to SPEND it! Thus leaving your poor little wallet lonely and weightless. (Greg, you have a terrible concept on this whole Epistemological thesis” Yeah. But that isn’t stopping me from trying!) So. Back to this whole Epistemology concept. Its pretty straight forward, you SHOP and SPEND money on your bills thus leaving you broke.

      • Shopping + Bills to Pay = No more money

Well, there you have it. My take on an Epistemological Statement. It’s not much, but hopefully I’ll get a better understanding in this next class and seriously expand my knowledge.



Socrates (Gregory Gosse)


  • You and your philosopher (How do you differ, what do you hold the same?)
Differences Similarities
Socrates has his students to write down his life and his philosophy.   (Mainly Plato) We don’t document our lives through journals or other ways of writing.
  • What are they saying?(Outline a single argument/proposition from your selected philosopher.
    • Socratic Method aka Method of “Elenchus”
      • To solve a problem, it would be broken down into a series of questions, the answers to which gradually distill the answer a person would seek.
  • Truth, Validity, and Soundness (How would you evaluate your philosopher’s argument/proposition?)
Truth Validity Soundness
This argument is true.The Socratic Method is solving many branches of problems formed from   a single seed.When you answer the branches, the seed will then be solved. The argument has a solid point. It’s possible to find the answers to   questions which can help lead the first question to completion.If you continue questioning the premises, you will have a final   answer. This argument can be both sound and not sound.Sound because you do in fact get the first question’s answer by   finding out the premise of it.It’s not sound because when you question your premise, it can just   lead to more questions.


  • Metaphysics in the Modern World(Where do you see the influence, or evidence of the ideas expressed by your philosopher?)
    • Socrates once said
      • “I know you won’t believe me, but the highest form of Human Excellence is to question oneself and others.”
  • Socrates (Quoted in Xenophon’s “Economics”)
    • “Can it be, Ischomachus, that asking questions is teaching? I am just beginning to see what is behind all your questions. You lead me on by means of things I know, point to things that resemble them, and persuade me that I know things that I thought I had no knowledge of.”


Categorical Syllogism

Categorical Syllogism


Birds can fly.

Penguins are Birds.

Therefore, Penguins can Fly.


Categorical Syllogism ~

Terms: Birds are the middle term, flying is the predicate term, and penguins are the subject term of the statement.

Examination: The truth in this statement is that birds can fly and that penguins are in fact birds. Its a valid statement however, the premesis is false therefore this is not a sound argument.



Philosophy is a Pickle

Philosophy is a Pickle

There’s no “right” size of a pickle. There’s many.

  • Just like how there’s not one right and wrong answer.

Philosophy makes you think, it lets your brain ask millions of un-answered questions

  • How big will the pickle get? Why is the pickle green and not blue?
  • Thought experiments are a branch of Philosophy and lots of the time they’re never answered right or wrong.
  • The Pickle will be big! The pickle will be small! Both are valued answers but you won’t know which is right until that pickle is fully grown.
    • Say you drop a pickle onto the floor, how will it react?
      • It could bounce, or it could just lay there.
        • What causes the direction that the pickle bounces in?

Pickles and Philosophy are both the same, and yet they are nothing alike.

  • They are the same because of the thinking process that goes into the questions just asked.
    • When you think, you’re conducting a thought experiment about that pickle thus causing the relationship between pickle and philosophy.
  • Pickles and Philosophy are also nothing alike at all.
    • The pickle has a physical mass that’s our eyes can clearly see that it’s been limited; philosophy is the thinking of our thoughts and imagination trying to visualize the unknown answers to lost questions.

While listening to a paper on pickles, you’re already conducting new thoughts and ideas. You’re trying to link pickles with philosophy; philosophy with pickles. Everybody will have different answers and yet everybody will be right.

Philosophy is a pickle and that’s that.