Talons Philosophy

An Open Online Highschool Philosophy Course

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What is Philosophy 2: the Philosophizing (Final)

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=BE9BED3D1FBA0683!740&authkey=!ABIkhLFz1GkJbO4&ithint=file%2cpptx

Link to the powerpoint

 

 

TL;DR: Bad movie pun title, haha I was right all long, and I wish I could’ve been here more.

 

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Confusing Confucius and Philosophical Fry

To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.

In the “Futurama” episode “Reincarnation” a specific bit has Professor Farnsworth on the search for the particle that all life is stemmed from. SPOILER he finds it and goes through an existential crisis at having finally solved what he has spent his whole life working for. Without this search for this specific bit of knowledge, his life no longer had meaning and he lost his way. In the particular bit, Fry goes about his comically perceived bumbling ways and asks why this certain event had to happen in this specific way. At first he was brushed off for being an idiot but the professor actually did some hard thinking about this question. Why did this thing had to happen this specific way? If an idiot can question it, why can’t a knowledgeable man of science figure out how else to question the universe. This is my convoluted way of showing that knowledge isn’t defined by how smart a person is perceived but by their experience.
Knowledge is defined as “facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.” Following this quote knowledge is also proposed as the awareness that there are things that we do not know and we simply have to accept it. To me, knowledge isn’t defined by how much schooling you’ve done, how high your education level is. I define knowledge by your experience and your personal history. Someone who has grown up on the streets has accumulated their own specific brand of knowledge; what streets to avoid, which house is safe, which people to avoid. While upper middle class have more knowledge on the finer things in life, more education based knowledge. These two don’t exist higher than one another in the way that one is deemed “dumber.” We have grown to accept the social connotation that people who don’t do well academically or financially are perceived less knowledgeable. This is clearly not the case as we know but this social construct hits deep and exists to this day. How many teachers give up on a kid because they aren’t doing well in one course but find that they are absolutely brilliant in another way? How many people deem immigrants and refugees lesser due to their lack of western understanding? Knowledge is so much deeper than how we stroke our beards and think about mathematics. People will go through their whole lives and not be truly knowledgeable. We have to be open to the idea that there is a pursuit of knowledge that we will never find. Life is this weird combination of practical experience and thinking that somehow took us from hunter gatherers to ones that carry personal computers with the worlds information right at their fingertips.
But then again, what do I know? I connect major philosophical thinking to a shitty 90’s/00’s show about a guy who was frozen and wakes up in 3000.
 

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Infinite Nikki’s

The multiverse theory itself refers to the hypothetical possibility that an infinite or finite set of universes exist. Based on this theory, the possibility of us having multiple universes in parallel to our own. Space is infinite. This empty vacuum of bleak nothing, an improbable wonder that has intrigued people for years to come. Since space is such an unexplored place, anything could happen with reasoning beyond our comprehension. This and the rules of probability and the fact we only really know a fraction of how it works, means it’s possible alternate realities are real. While reality is subjective based upon your school of thinking, in this case it’s regarded as the tangibility of our conscious as we know it currently

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In another universe, somewhere in that vast nothing-ness, a universe identical to ours exists just everything is slightly shifted to the left. This refers to the daughter universes theory. A world where Hitler won and we’re under Nazi rule. Any decision ever made could hypothetically create a new universe and then creating others, setting off this domino chain of infinite nature. Even if out there a universe just like ours but better exists, we have no way of getting to them. We can’t just hop onto the enterprise and have Scotty beam us to Nirvana. This universe has “given us all she’s got” and our limit remains at 14 billion light years. That is our cosmic speed limit on the infinite highway. Though the universe is ever expanding, we will always have some sort of limit.

There are other theories that put up the claim that we live in a series of multiverse, but they take different physical forms. There are bubble universes that propose that they exist in smaller bubble universes. Through the theory of “eternal inflation” which proposes that the universe is rapidly expanding and inflating just like a balloon. Through this, our central universe is constantly inflating but some pockets stop and allow stars and galaxies to form. Think of this like a big balloon with smaller balloons within it holding different fluids inside it.

Braneworlds refer to the idea that parallel universes are just out of reach above our own. It is proposed that aside from our notion of 3D space and one spectrum of time, the universes float above that with more dimensions than we can conceive. The further theory suggests that the brane universes sometimes slam into each other causing repeated big bangs that reset the separate universes.

To think of an existence where we are not the only possibilities is really a phenomenal idea. Where there are people who can live similar lives but just slightly different. To think I exist in a place where my life’s biggest moments could have never happened. Humans so often think of themselves as secular and as a single point of interest, but there is so much more to this existence. There is so much that our human minds cannot comprehend and we just have to look for the further purposes that the universe gives to us.

 

 

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Knit fast, die warm (aka Nikki Salindong; walking contradiction)

Argument 1:

Premise 1: Grandmothers knit.

Premise 2: Nikki knits.

Premise 3: Knitting is a dorky hobby to have for anyone under the age of 50.

Conclusion: Nikki is in fact a dorky grandmother who knits.

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Argument 2:

Premise 1: People who identify with an alternative lifestyle have piercings.

Premise 2: Nikki has piercings.

Conclusion: Nikki must identify with an alternative lifestyle.

While the first one is not factually correct due to the near impossibility of me being a grandmother at 17, all the rest ring in at factually correct, valid and sound.

Knitting is seen as a dorky hobby. I could spend hours lecturing you on the very very incredible difference between acrylic wools and merino wool; but that would seem incredibly boring to most. I have happily identified myself as a part of this new age of movement for young adults (primarily women but not limited to). This wave of alternative women who are reclaiming the stereotypical feminine hobbies and turning them into their own way of self expression, is very very refreshing. As someone who does have facial piercings and will be getting tattoos, everything about me carries a more of a negative connotation in societal norms. You’re taught from a young age that only ruffians or hooligans have tattoos. People who have piercings and freaks and should be avoided from all costs. Image is such a huge part of our society and it pervades every single facet of our life. Dress codes, fashion magazines, TV, movies, everything has to do with an image. Everyone is so quick to assume something (the conclusion) based upon one thing that they can base off of their appearance (ie premise). You have got to factor in all these variables to what makes a person a person.

I am in fact a huge wimp despite playing rugby and enjoying TV wrestling. My huge 6 ft, 200 pound boyfriend loves to cross stitch even if he looks like an off duty bouncer most of the time. Obama in fact loves the young-in’s dank memes. This world is full of contradictions. We need to flip the metaphorical table on stereotypes and tell the world it’s not okay to put is in a box and define us with labels. As a dorky, knit loving, TV wrestling junkie who loves pugs, I am proud to be a walking contradiction. That’s why we have logic and arguments. We need to butt heads and figure out the world around us. Logic brings us to the place of tangibility while creativity and open thinking raises us further. Logic can bring us to great and brilliant breakthroughs. It’s a very important part of life, and even if I am not good at it, I understand its merits.

TL;DR: shitty hipster loves knitting is a granny on the inside. Logic is important but what is really important is the creativity inside us all.

 

If you love knitting and don’t want to feel alone:

http://www.knitrowan.com/industry-news/article/more-young-adults-picking-up-knitting-needles/801400729

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/04/20/knitting-cool_n_1440908.html

 

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Philosophical wonderment and the sweet beauty of cinema.

http://prezi.com/dzhmhkkcgb7h/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

As seen in my presentation, philosophy is comperable to the cinematic experience. To find out more, click the link and find out!

 

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The Eternal Pursuit for Knowledge and Meaning (aka Nikki’s soul-searching journey)

Intellectual or not, the human mind is on a constant path of furthering it’s own knowledge. Whether it be street smarts gained by years of socialization or the physical push for a higher education, we grow and adapt and seek out new information to cope with our ever changing surroundings.

Since the dawn of time, man (and woman) have pushed and grown to new heights to advance as a civilization. What drives this innate sense of growth and prosperity? What pushes us to seek higher education and put ourselves through years of schooling?

In it’s truest form philosophy refers to the “love of wisdom,” but in a general sense it could also refer to “the most basic beliefs, concepts, and attitudes of an individual or group.” To myself that definitely seems like the pursuit of knowledge and growth in a person. As seen by this photo, even philosophy itself, moves and adapts and seeks more and more to fulfill their insatiable need to explain the universe.

We desire knowledge to figure out this crazy universe and if there is a true meaning to our lives or if we’re just pawns in someone’s game or just specks of dust floating in space.

Different views have different opinions so what are we really supposed to believe? We as individuals seek out philosophy as a way to differentiate ourselves from the general populace of “sheeple” and to find our own meaning to life. To learn and hear people’s opinions and learn tolerance and how to argue for ourselves and stand up and fight the face of injustice.

Philosophy gives us a platform to seek a higher knowledge and expand our views. I personally am here to develop my own opinion and find my voice in the endless void. It is so easy to be lost in the sea of opinions and just give up and join the masses, but it takes real chutzpah to be the voice above the rest and really be yourself.

And along the words of the eternal cliche Robert Frost “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —I took the one less traveled by.”

TL;DR I’m very opinionated and I like big words. Different people have different views, it’s almost like we’re individuals. Philosophy gives me existential crises and I don’t know if I like that.

 
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