Philosophy

Last Updated on April 14, 2021

Everybody is the unconscious exponent of a dead philosopher.

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Practical men who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back

John Maynard Keynes

Over the years I’ve had some idea that I thought to be original and profound. Upon sharing them, I’ve more often than not been pointed to the philosopher who the idea is attributed to. I’ve been reading more philosophy to get on the front foot.

I’m still optimistic that I might come up with something original one day. A close friend of mine who was a writer once told me that most people don’t write anything good until they’re over fifty. That gives me hope that I may have some originality to come.

I’ve explored quite a bit of philosophy. I’m particularly interested in stoicism, nihilism & absurdism, and rationalism. I’m also fascinated by randomness and causal determinism. Here’s my notes on areas I find interesting.

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Gratitude

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Yin and Yang

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Death

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Always Reply

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Advice

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Hedonic Reset

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Mind Changing

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Self Awareness

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Haiku

Last Updated on April 14, 2021 Sometimes we forget that purposeful inaction counts as an action

Utilitarianism

Last Updated on April 14, 2021 There are three principles that serve as the basic axioms of utilitarianism. (An axiom is a statement or principle that is generally accepted to be true). The Three Gene…

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Randomness

Last Updated on April 14, 2021 This is one of my favorite things to think about. It leaves me with a feeling of wonder and appreciation by how well the chips have fallen for me. The random confluence …

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Morality

Last Updated on April 14, 2021 90% of everything I know about morality I’ve read in a Jonathan Haidt book. In summary, “we are all self-righteous hypocrites.” Morality binds and blinds. It b…

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Stoicism

Last Updated on April 14, 2021 I find parts of stoicism very appealing. Although it can be a bit at odds with my hedonistic streak. I haven’t got much further than Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and s…

Tao Te Ching

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Nihilism

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Perception Versus Reality

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Rationalism

Last Updated on April 14, 2021 Spinoza I am not sure how it happened, but I read Spinoza when i was quite young. Probably early-mid teenage years. I may have just stumbled up it during one of the many…

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The Halo Effect

Last Updated on April 14, 2021 What is The Halo Effect? I wrote about The Halo Effect in Issue #11 of Mental Models Weekly. The Reverse Halo Effect I am particularly interested in The Reverse Halo Eff…

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Fundamental Attribution Error

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Luck

Last Updated on April 14, 2021 The topic of luck – or chance, is a fascinating one. There’s ideas like blind luck, but also ideas like you make your own luck. How can you conceptually fit th…