THE problem of philosophy

THE problem of philosophy is that it is expected the single words have too simple of meanings. I have always been frustrated by the “objects” or whatever is taken as primary. They really never are primary. Perhaps physics will (or already has to some extent) reached what is primary. But the ordinary “objects” (including “mental objects”) are such complicated structures of these primitive “objects” that we will never be able to satisfactorily analyze them. We can, perhaps, get some general ideas about how parts of such an analysis would go. I think highly of Jerry Fodor and Danial Dennett. But such understanding will always be simplifications to which there will arise exceptions apparently leading to paradoxes. I am tired of struggling with this. I will continue reading, but realizing THE problem of philosophy makes me want to write philosophy no more. I want to spend my time studying computer languages (which are artificially simple). I enjoy programming like nothing else.

Plans & Hopes

I’m discouraged about philosophy. It seems inevitable than one must make vast simplifications that in the long run leads one to paradoxes. Language is adequate for ordinary purposes, but not philosophy, and in fact, that’s what causes many problems in philosophy. Some problems in philosophy may just be scientific problems which have not been solved yet.

I plan to continue reading some philosophy (I cannot help myself). But what to read some math and physics. I want to do some programming. Maybe on my differential equation program – there are a few things that I am not quite satisfied with. Also I might try something with partial differential equations. Also I might try working on the computer language “Russell”.

On other Relolutions

I gave up on 2.1 miles at once on bike. I have been trying to do over 2 miles/day combined between bike and walking.
I have done a satisfactory amount of reading/programming so far this year.
I have not read as much general reading as I wished.
I have watched Rachel Maddow regularly, and Democracy Now some.
I have lost about 5 pounds of weight so far this year. (I have almost totally stopped chocolate.)

On Resolutions

I’ve been doing well, except I am unable to sleep 8 hours per night. Best I can seem to do is about 6.5 hours.

Also I think I am going to try reading magazines and journals more outside my main area of interest (philosophy).
I have always tended to be a book reader, but it takes to much time outside my main area of interest, and all I seem
to remember are the main points anyway.

Resolutions for the New Year

1. Try to average 8 or more hours of sleep per night.
2. Read 10 or more pages of philosophy per day.
3. Using stationary bike at least 2.1 miles per day (about 15 minutes) – hope to work up to 4.1 miles (30 minutes) .
4. Lose weight.
5. Continue walking in good weather.
6. Watch Democracy Now more regularly – continue with Rachel Maddow.

Studying Psychology

Gabrieli, John. 9.00SC Introduction to Psychology, Fall 2011. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed 23 Oct, 2014). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA Here

I viewed the 1st two lectures. I also plan to review some physics and history of philosophy. I think though that philosophy relies to much on “common sense”. Physics and psychology both show us, in different ways, that “common sense” and also what seem to be correct philosophical arguments can be wrong.