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Unified Theory of Philosophy
Dr. Yarrum, Intervalist

Philosophy is as philosophy does.
“Know thyself!”
What you truly believe can be found in the way you act and think, in all your mundane thoughts and actions, minute by minute second by second.
The way you respond to the people, objects , situations in your daily life is your truest demonstration of who your are and what you feel about reality.
One of the basic conclusions we absorb in our early infancy is
“Is this a friendly or an unfriendly world?”
It is impossible to underestimate how this impression colors the way we see life.
“Are they with me or against me?”
As we mature physically , we are on automatic pilot. Our hormones take over and we think as they dictate. We are male. female, and infinite variations between.
Males are driven, willy-nilly by the surge and decline of the testosterone in their blood.
Those of us who still believe in Darwin understand that as man evolved, his brain, just as all his physical organs, was also subject to natural selection.
Those philosophies which were inimical to survival of the species were weeded out over the millennia, along with other failed attempts to become the humans we are.
There is only one authentic philosophy and each person has his own imposed upon him by his genes, his early environment and possibly some catastrophic life experiences.
And it’s function is to keep us alive.

All other so-called philosophies constitute an industry, a .source of income and notoriety that fights to perpetuate itself for its own glory.
The field of philosophy is actually a guild where you must serve an apprenticeship, study the literature of your predecessors, publish some papers which your future colleagues consider sufficiently erudite, and you are in.
You are now empowered to teach your own philosophy, and to catalog and classify and critique the writings of your peers back to the beginning of time. The vocabulary of your profession is full of obscure catch-phrases which are the grist of your lectures and writings. Many of these phrases originated in other languages and have gone through the filter of a translation.
Why is this crucial?

“The first true experimenter in chaos was a meteorologist, named Edward Lorenz. In 1960, he was working on the problem of weather prediction. He had a computer set up, with a set of twelve equations to model the weather.
One day in 1961, he wanted to see a particular sequence again. To save time, he started in the middle of the sequence, instead of the beginning. He entered the number off his printout and left to let it run.
When he came back an hour later, the sequence had evolved differently. Instead of the same pattern as before, it diverged from the pattern, ending up wildly different from the original.
Eventually he figured out what happened. The computer stored the numbers to six decimal places in its memory. To save paper, he only had it print out three decimal places.
A scientist considers himself lucky if he can get measurements with accuracy to three decimal places. Surely the fourth and fifth, impossible to measure using reasonable methods, can’t have a huge effect on the outcome of the experiment. Lorenz proved this idea wrong.

Apply this knowledge to how we understand the meaning of words and abstruse concepts, particularly to translations from other languages.
To how many decimal places can we reach a common understanding of the terms that we use?
How often do we misunderstand each other in ordinary conversation let alone technical philosophical ideas.

“Immanuel Kant (April 22, 1724 - February 12, 1804) was a Prussian philosopher, generally regarded as the last major philosopher of the early modern period and, on anyone’s account, one of history’s most influential thinkers.

Kant is most famous for his view-called transcendental idealism-that we bring innate forms and concepts to the raw experience of the world, which , a noumenon or thing in itself (German Ding an sich) is an allegedly unknowable, undescribable reality ”

This little excerpt has been the source of livelihood for thousands of teacher, lecturers and publishers for over 200 years .
There is no more harm in this than doing double-crostics if you have the leisure and enough money to take care of your family.
History however reveals that some of these philosophical interpretations have been seized upon by powers in the political and economic realms to justify to the intellectual world the profound logic of their agenda, for good or evil.

When you become aware of your own distinctive philosophy there is no compelling reason to try to fit it into any other schools of thought. unless out of idle curiosity.

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