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Philosophy, environment.  ---  .See also, Philosophy, systems theory.  ---  11/12/2005

Philosophy, environment.  ---  .This section contains notes about analyzing environments in general.  ---  12/30/2003

Philosophy, environment.  ---  .This section is about the concept of environment.  Topics include: ( ) Systems theory.  ---  1/24/2006

Philosophy, environment.  ---  (1) Environment plays a huge role in the psychological health and development of an individual.  (2) Environment plays a huge part in the development of a culture, civilization or species.  The history of humans was shaped by the environment.  (See Jared Diamond's book "Guns, Germs and Steel".)  (3) Environment is really about ecology.  See also: Science, ecology.  ---  6/12/2005

Philosophy, environment.  ---  (1) Internal environment.  (A) Body.  (B) Mind.  (2) External environment.  (A) Natural environment.  (B) Man made environment.  (C) Social environment.  ---  5/15/2004

Philosophy, environment.  ---  (1) Situation is synonym for environment.  (2) Environment can be looked at as a system.  See: Philosophy, systems theory.  ---  11/12/2005

Philosophy, environment.  ---  A good environment can lower stress, prevent stress induced disease, and prolong life.  People put up posters of nature on their walls.  Some people even put on nature sound effect tapes.  But better still will be virtual reality goggles and headphones that will give you a strong impression that you are in nature.  If you put a small word processing screen in the virtual reality screen, then every worker in an office could do their work "at the beach", thus yielding happier, healthier workers.  ---  1/18/1999

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Affects of presence of (1) Technology: lose touch with nature.  (2) Nature.  (3) People.  (A) High population.  Rats in cage.  Civilized, repressed, caged.  Development of social side.  (B) Low population.  Cooperate to survive.  Free wild individuals.  Development of independence and self-reliance.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Affects.  (1) Direct effect of environment on psychology.  How environment affects character vs.  (2) Indirect effect of environment on psychology.  Things environment forces you to do.  And effects these things have on your psychology.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Affects.  (1) Environment affecting us: psychology and sociology.  (2) Us affecting our environment.  How much, degrees and ways.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Affects.  Environment affects on your thought and character development.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Affects.  How an environment affects your mind and body.  How you affect your mind and body.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Analysis:  Is an environment healthy?  Is an environment aesthetically pleasing?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Analysis.  (1) What is the environment, and not, and why, and how?  (2) What should I do, and not, and why and how?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Analysis.  Can you do analyze the situation better than others?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Analysis.  How bad is the situation?  How much pain is it causing you?  How well do you deal with it?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Analysis.  How well and fast you can analyze, plan, and act in a situation?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Analysis.  Situation analysis: What do?  Why do?  How do?  When do?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Analysis.  What am I?  What am I doing?  What is the situation?  What is the situation's relationship to me?  What am I doing to the situation, what is situation doing to me?  Same above two for all other factors.  What can I do vs. what do I want to do, and where do I want to get?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Analysis.  What exists?  What is important and why?  Problems, challenges, and solutions.  List types of situations.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Analysis.  You and who you are with.  The manmade environment vs. the natural environment.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  At night, in summer, the warm, humid, salty sea air, reminding me of either the womb, or sex with my girlfriend.  That is the secret of the warm ocean breezes on summer nights.  ---  11/06/1988

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Beach.  The beach is a utopia.  The beach is idyllic.  The beach is idealistic.  Waves.  Bikinis.  Sun.  Fun.  Frolics.  Clambakes.  ---  7/10/2006

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Being dependent on your environment vs. being independent of environment.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Change.  Forecasting situational change.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Change.  Origin and development of a situation.  Changes possible.  (1) Changes you can effect on it.  (2) Changes it can effect on you.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Change.  Speed, degree, and number of changes.  Moving from situation to situation.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  City mind in the suburbs vs. suburb mind in the city.  ---  7/31/2001

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Creation of environment.  Turn on the humidifier and fill it with salt water.  Turn on the "Sounds of the Ocean" cd-rom.  Put on your pirate hat.  ---  4/22/1999

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Distance is very important to me.  The green plains of Sheep Meadow in Central Park.  The main reading room of the New York public library.  Mountain tops.  The beach.  Distance calms me down psychologically and physically.  ---  08/17/1997

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Ecology.  (1) Ecology is very important.  Our environment is an ecosystem.  (See: Science, ecology)  (2) Many people are ignorant of the natural environment.  (3) Humans are destroying the natural environment on which life depends.  ---  11/12/2005

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Economics of a situation.  Gains (things and amounts) minus losses equals profit.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Environment (natural, manmade, and people) leads to experiences done to you, and activities you have to or are led to do.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Environment and its relation to money, power, and class.  (1) Environments created for the rich and powerful.  Nice.  Quiet, soft music.  Bright, well lit, not dark.  Cool, not hot, not cold.  Clean.  (2) Environments created for the poor and disempowered.  Loud.  Dark.  Too hot or too cold.  Polluted.  ---  2/12/2006

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Environment.  Mans attitude towards nature.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Environment.  Urban, suburban, rural, and wild.  What typifies the experience of life in above environments?  What typifies the society in above environments?  What typifies the individual in above society and environment?  What are the normal products?  What are the above and below average types like?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Environments which appeal to your personality, aesthetics (and therefore ethics).  What personality types like what environments and why?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Environments, Situations, Systems.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Event: a change in a factor.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Every place has its own feel and ghosts that are ineffable, but that sink into you.  History and geography yield values and attitudes that linger on in the air (This is the essence of travel writing).  Some feels are better than others, more alive, more productive.  These are the places to live.  ---  07/30/1993

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Factors in the urban, suburb, rural, and wild environments, and how they affect the individual and society.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Goal: (1) Visit urban, suburb, rural, and wild.  (2) During spring, summer, fall, and winter.  (3) During day and night.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  How long you need to stay in an environment before you figure it out.  How long it takes you to know an environment how well.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  How many warm sunny days off in your prime are there?  20 years, minus 25 weekends out of the year, minus half due to rain = 250 warm sunny days off in your prime.  Not many.  Enjoy them.  ---  05/30/1994

Philosophy, environment.  ---  How much control we have over our situation.  Our influence on environment: ability to create, control, and destroy our environment.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Ideal: creation of the ultimate environment.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  It is natural for humans to constantly strive to improve their environment.  It is neurotic not to.  ---  03/19/1989

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Me.  I like watching the sky.  Why?  Is it due to hundreds of thousands of generations having only the sunset as evening entertainment?  I am, I think, much more tuned into my primal heritage than most others.  This may explain why I have so much trouble in the "modern" world, with job, etc.  It may also explain why I retreat to nature.  The rocky crags are my castle and fortress.  ---  06/20/1994

Philosophy, environment.  ---  New York is either too hot, too cold, or its raining.  Southern California has perfect weather.  How do you deal with perfection?  ---  6/23/2000

Philosophy, environment.  ---  NYC.  You try to convince yourself that New York is the best city on earth.  And you try to convince yourself that you are the best that New York has to offer.  Actually, there are many large, vibrant cities on this Earth, each filled with many talented people.  So your attempt at boosting your self image at the expense of others is wrong.  Think of a better narrative.  ---  7/1/2006

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Oh joy, to get out of a bad environment.  ---  10/8/2003

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Psychology and environment.  (1) Your physical environment has an affect on your psychological state.  (1) You also have a psychological environment, a psychological ecosystem.  ---  11/12/2005

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Related subjects.  Effects of and on.  Science: earth science, geography, biology.  Art: painting: landscapes, backgrounds.  Architecture: landscaping.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Related subjects.  Psychology.  Healthiest environment for you and why.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Saturday afternoon is the best time of the week.  In my mind it is away Saturday afternoon on a sunny spring day.  Physically relaxed, calm, free, happy, ready to create.  ---  02/05/1998

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Settlement of land.  (1) Settlements along a route.  A line of towns each one day's journey by foot apart (10 - 20 miles).  (2) Settlement of an area.  A web of towns each one day's journey by foot apart (10 - 20 miles).  ---  2/24/2002

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  (1)(A) Situations that you don't want to get out of, and why.  (B) Situations that you do want to get out of, and why.  (2)(A) Situations that you want to get into, and why.  (B) Situations that you don't want to get into, and why.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  All factors and events are problems that must be reacted to in thought and action in the best way.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  Analysis.  We analyze our situations, consciously or unconsciously, poorly or well, all time.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  Factors in a situation.  Type and degree of opposition to situation.  Type and degree of opposition to you in situation.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  Goals.  Given situation, and my goals, what moves to make and not and why?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  Goals.  Strategies and tactics by you and your opponents.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  Goals.  What do you want?  How are you going to get it?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  Good points and bad points compared with others.  Take advantage of good points, and minimize affects of bad points.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  How and how much your behavior can affect a situation, for good and bad.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  How to improve a situation?  What to do, and how to do it?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  Ideal, problem and tech approach.  In general, for types of situations, or for specific situations.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  If you do x, what will probably happen?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  Metaphysical analysis.  Epistemological proof.  Ethical actions to take.  Aesthetic tastes.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  Problems: natural, manmade, and humans.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  Problems.  (1) Never figuring out your situation.  (2) Figuring it out too late.  (3) Figuring it out but not acting.  (4) Mistakes in importance rating.  (5) Omission errors in analysis of major issues in a situation.  (6) Analyzing any x in general factor wrong.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  Problems.  Mistakes in perception of what it is.  Not realizing factors present and their importance.  Not realizing how and how much it affects you.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  Situation ethics.  What to do about the situation?  What are you doing?  Whose fault is it?  What to do about the faults?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  Time and accuracy of analysis.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  Total situation = politics, sociology, economics, technological, psychology, etc., situations.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  Types.  Closed and open situations.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  What.  Situation = system at a point in time?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  What.  Situation = time and place.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  What.  Situation can be a psychological position.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  What.  Situation theory, definition.  A way to perceive, experience, and approach reality.  A complete and ordered way of thinking.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Situation.  You changing a situation vs. changing your relationship to a situation.  Others, and nature can do same.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Some are very sensitive to environment, some are oblivious to it.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Sometimes when you are in a toxic environment like a job or a place of residence it just pays to leave.  ---  10/5/2003

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Sometimes, getting to a certain physical environment, or getting out of one, can make all the difference (to get your head in or out of a place).  And yet be so subtle, almost imperceptible.  Like New York vs. Colorado vs. Paris.  The stores, people, and weather are almost all the same.  The only change is you say to yourself, "I am in Colorado".  It makes all the difference.  It makes you happy.  Who knows why?  The power of place.  ---  01/22/1994

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Space.  (1) People do not go for drives in the country just for the fresh air or the scenery.  They go for the space.  (2) It is not just the phone, radio or television that distracts you in your tiny apartment.  Nor is it just the other people you seek to get away from.  It is the lack of space.  (3) There is something about the human mind that requires space.  Space helps us think clearly.  Space helps us feel calm.  This is one reason why people climb mountains and go to the beach.  Space.  ---  4/6/1999

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Spaces.  Bright (light and color), loud, busy, active (movement), crowded, tight, small spaces.  Vs. quiet, large, open, uncrowded, not busy, subdued (color).  ---  10/25/1993

Philosophy, environment.  ---  The city is life condensed.  Art is life condensed.  Thus, the city is a form of art.  ---  5/27/2006

Philosophy, environment.  ---  The effect of place on mood and thought is very important.  Different places trigger different emotions and thoughts.  A poor environment can hobble you.  ---  2/23/2001

Philosophy, environment.  ---  To consider one's environment is to take a holistic view.  To look at a thing in terms of its relation to other things.  To not look at things in isolation.  ---  11/12/2005

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Types of environment.  (1) Internal: individual's mind and body.  (2) External.  (A) Interiors: inside a room.  (B) Exteriors: outside.  (C) Natural.  Alive: humans, animal, vegetable.  Inanimate: land, sea, air.  (D) Manmade.  (E) People.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Types of environment.  Biological environment.  Social environment.  Political environment.  Economic environment.  Technological environment.  ---  11/12/2005

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Types of environments, listed and expanded.  (1) General vs. specific.  Abstract vs. actual.  (2) Super, co, sub situations.  (3) Direct vs. indirect situation.  (4) Primary vs. secondary situation.  (5) Momentary vs. long term situation.  (6) Imaginable situation.  (7) Ideal situations (good or bad).  (A) Imaginable.  (B) Possible in this world.  (C) Possible for me.  (8) Possible situations vs. probable situations.  (9) Your situation.  (10)  Best, better, good, bad, worse, worst situations.  (11) Intra-personal.  Inter-personal.  Natural.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Types.  (1) Healthy vs. unhealthy.  (2) Abstract environments vs. actual environments.  (3) Manmade vs. man-altered vs. untouched by man.  (4) New vs. old.  (5) Change vs. stasis.  (6) Danger vs. safety.  (7) Excitement vs. boredom.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Types.  Best vs. worst.  Most vs. least powerful.  Most vs. least often live in.  Closest vs. farthest.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Types.  Hot vs. cold.  Dry vs. moist.  High vs. low altitude.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Types.  Mountains, plains, forests, coasts, deserts.  Earth, water, air.  Urban, suburb, rural, wild.  Day and night.  Seasons.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Ways to change your relationship to the environment.  (1) You move yourself.  (2) You change yourself.  (3) You change the environment.  (4) You get the environment to move.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Weather.  Heat, humidity, and haze.  It is not so much the heat that bothers one.  Nor is it the humidity.  It is the haze that is the worst.  All too often, when people say, "It is not the heat, it is the humidity.", actually it is the haze that is the culprit.  So often the haze gets off scot free.  Damn haze.  The haze makes one's mind fuzzy, foggy and unfocused.  In the places where there is no haze, one's mind is clear and sharp.  ---  7/10/1999

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Weather.  Perfect weather is when you can not tell the difference between indoors and outdoors.  ---  10/05/1997

Philosophy, environment.  ---  What is environment?  (1) Environment = a physical place.  (2) Environment = place and time.  (3) Our environment = what goes into our minds.  (A) What you actively put in.  (B) What passively goes in.  (C) What's forced in by others.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  What the city, suburbs, country (farm), and wilds (mountains) have to offer, both good and bad.  ---  12/30/1995

Philosophy, environment.  ---  What.  Environment = things + people.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  What.  Environment is where you live.  Lifestyle is what you do.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, environment.  ---  Why did I care so much about my environment when I was young, and not at all now?  Because my psychological point of focus changed from external focus to internal focus.  (1) External focus.  The person cares a great deal about their physical environment.  It matters to them, it is important.  Especially its aesthetic quality.  And if they are explorers, they enjoy exploring the world, they travel.  (2) Internal focus.  The person cares little about their physical environment.  If they are explorers they will explore the world of ideas and feelings, and become artists or philosophers etc.  ---  04/15/1997

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