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Twilight of “Knowledge lovers”: Part 2

In part 1, I exposed the theme that philosophy was the super-structure of the dominant class in any period of what is now called “Class Ideology”, and that the economical aspect was not included in the philosophical system of reasoning.

Man has been asking questions; he has been cultivating doubts.

Every question generated many non-answered questions.  Every man is a philosopher once he starts jotting down coherent questions and then realizes that his “universe” is based on doubts.

Most of his questions have no satisfactory resolutions to constitute a perceived “structured comprehensive world” in his brain.

A philosopher sets out to devise a set of structural questions that he thinks are “logically deductive” in nature (it means that it would not be feasible to answer a previous question before resolving several basic questions).  Thus, philosophers have been driven to accepting a few fundamental “given” solutions, or “elemental facts,” or principles just to get going in their projects of building structured understanding of man and the universe.

Since Antiquity, philosophy (love of knowledge) was a catch-all term to represent all aspects of knowledge, including metaphysical concepts.  Since sciences were barely founded on facts or empirical experiments (not appreciated within the dominant classes), except during the Islamic Golden Age (9th to 12th century) and after Galileo in the 16th century “what is not measured should be measured”, philosophers fundamentally based their structure on abstract premises and deductive logic.

This makes sense: Once knowledge is firmly grounded on empirical facts (assuming the design of the experiment is valid) then philosophy should take secondary place in rational societies.

Sure, the name and meaning of philosophy was lost in the absurd long gestation toward the advance of knowledge.  The mathematician Descartes was the first who tried to delimit boundaries between sciences and philosophy: Descartes differentiated between invariant primal impressions and secondary perceived variables. It was the period when sciences got ascendance over abstract philosophical structures.

Before the 16th century, Europe’s philosophical systems were towing sciences (principally natural sciences).

Descartes influence stems from differentiating between forms of realities or “substances”.  The first kind of  substance is the mind which cannot be subdivided; examples of such substances are the notions of time, space, and mass with which quantitative properties of an object can be measured.  The second kind of substance or “extensions to the matter” represents the qualitative properties of an object such as color, smell, taste, and the like.  Descartes division in forms of reality is being validated in equations: the right hand side and left hand side in any equation must be compatible with the same dimensions of time, space, and mass (what is known as compatibility in units of measurement). By the way, Descartes was a lousy philosopher but first-rate mathematician.

There are attempts at “refreshing” interest in philosophy by giving new names and labels to ancient philosophical schools and beginning with the prefix “neo-something”.  For example, we hear about neo-empiricism, neo-Marxism, neo-Darwinism, neo-materialism, neo-existentialism, analytical philosophy and so forth.

All these new lines of current philosophical structures have historical roots that reach to antiquity and pre-Socratic philosophers. The new “refreshed” lines of thinking apply current scientific fields (such as anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, or sociology) to ancient philosophical systems to validate their contentions.

For example, current nuclear physicists are fundamentally pre-Socratic in their quest for the elemental matters; they want to be able to offer a satisfactory explanation of “what is matter?” This problem is thus a vital part of their “life’s philosophy”, the “essence” or an answer to the question “what is my nature”?

I conjecture that most universities have branches called “philosophy” or something related to logical processes: students need topics to write thesis and dissertations.

Sciences have taken over: they can extend answers to “what can be answered”.  Sciences are far more efficient than philosophy: faulty answers go unnoticed very effectively.

There are very few practiced scientists, but every man think he is a philosopher: man can feel what’s wrong with a philosophical system, but he refrains to claim knowledge in sciences.

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636.  Twenty years later, and I am still hurting; (Jan. 28, 2010)

 

637.  “I am mediocre; what’s in to you?” (Jan. 28, 2010)

 

638.  How can I win the war on “Terrorism”? Part two; (Jan. 28, 2010)

 

639.  Obama-metrics: First year performance; (Jan. 28, 2010)

 

640.  Obama-metrics: How to rebound; (Jan. 29, 2010)

 

641.  Obama-metrics: What to expect? (Jan. 29, 2010)

 

642.  It is a virus: You scratch one spot and it spreads; (Jan. 29, 2010)

 

643.  Part one: Twilight of “Love of Knowledge”; (Jan. 30, 2010)

 

644.  Romancing anti-matter; (Jan. 30, 2010)

Romancing anti-matter; (Jan. 30, 2010)

Earth was created without mankind.

Earth will vanish, way after mankind does.

Mankind is dead certain that Earth will disintegrate.

Why!  This makes much sense:

Superman of Krypton did die.

Most people would prefer this rarest of phenomenon to strike,

After they are gone and buried deep, the deepest.

I am of the very few liking to witness Armageddon,

Within the full power of my consciousness:

The event is not to be repeated frequently.

For mankind there is a qualitative difference:

Would Earth goes with a shred of glory

Or ends up slowly dying, and totally devalued:

A glorious end is:

Even ants should find it hard to survive.

For greedy new mankind, the deepest wish,

After this long journey to knowledge and technological progress,

Is to leave Earth a Victor:

Earth should be a carcass, a dry shell,

Nothing is left to be exploited.

“Table rase”: The ultimate for the new species of mankind

Is to proclaim total victory over matter.

Nothing of material value must be relinquished to stupid Universe:

No chemical elements or compounds, no minerals:

Just your basic electrons, protons, neutrons…

Unadulterated victory over anthropic:

Quark (this super tiniest and indivisible of matter),

Boson (this super tiniest field that gives consistency to mass),

Quarks and bosons have to kneel and declare defeat.

Long live anti-matter.

Down to living organic creatures

After me “Eternal Void”!

Just consider this improbable odd of “being who I am”.

And you blame me for my huge vanity?


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