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Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  .This section is about various specific philosophies.  Topics include: ( ) American mainstream.  ( ) General.  ( ) High school taxonomy.  ---  1/24/2006

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  (1) Age destroys youthful idealism.  (2) What the world could and should be vs. what it is, and how to get along in it.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  (1) Conflict vs. peaceful.  (2) Competitive vs. noncompetitive.  (3) Winners vs. losers.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  (1) Ethical vs. unethical.  (2) Logical vs. illogical.  (3) Truer vs. falser.  (4) Important vs. unimportant.  (5) Healthy vs. unhealthy.  (6) Appollonian, rational vs. dionysian, emotional, romantic.  (7) Nature, wilderness vs. civilization, urban.  (8) Generalists vs. specialists.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  (1) Freedom.  We should not be controlled, in any area (anarchists).  (2) Control and power.  We should be controlled: by x.  We should control others: who, over what.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  (1) Hippies: open, honest, warm, nice, merciful, spacey.  (2) Business: secretive, closed, lies, cold, hard, ruthless, calculating.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  (1) Idealism.  Dreamers, romantics, big minded, creative.  Danger, risk, excitement, stress, excel.  Freedom, independent, rebellion, wild, hard, tough.  (2) Pragmatic.  Practical, narrow minded, small minded, petty.  Security, slavery.  Clones and drones.  Survival and comfort.  Weak, stupid, conformist cowards.  Civilized, numb.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  (1) Peace philosophies (good):  Democratic power sharing.  Non-violence.  Openness.  Communication, dialogue.  Passive resistance.  (2) War philosophies (bogus):  Power hogging.  Interpersonal control freaks.  Everything is a war.  War justifies any action, any means to achieve the goal.  The goal of war is to destroy your enemies.  Closed society.  ---  6/4/2004

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  (1) Politics: anarchy, totalitarianism, authoritarianism.  (2) Economics: capitalism, socialism, communism.  (3) Sex: Horny vs. prude.  Kinky vs. straight.  (4) Work: company man vs. union man.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  (1) Wild, wiry, wolves vs. steroid steer slaves.  (2) Traditionalists vs. futurists.  (3) Conformists vs. eccentrics.  (4) Sheeps vs. wolves.  (5) Children vs. adults.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  A person's philosophy of life is a combination of their philosophy of politics, economics, technology, etc.  (1) Politics.  Some people are politically aware and active.  Some are not.  (2) Economics.  Some people value money above all else.  Other people do not make that mistake.  (3) Technology.  Some people are technophilic.  Some people are technophobic.  ---  5/29/2007

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  America.  All american theory.  Big, healthy, well adjusted, happy, peaceful, people at picnic tables in wheatfields.  No problems.  Pastoral health vs. neurotic civilization.  Is it real?  Is it possible?  Can it be?  Is it being done, or are they deluding or ignoring themselves (lies and secrets from selves) (fusion of the ethics of secrecy and psychological repression)?  ---  01/08/1994

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  American mainstream.  Conservatives.  Types of conservatives.  (1) Right wing anarchists, fascists, rich, politicians.  (2) Politically active, survivalists.  (3) Traditionalists and fundamentalists.  (4) Business men: entrepreneur, organization man.  (5) Country: parochial, patriotism.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  American mainstream.  Corporate crowd.  They live for work.  Their work is the major part of their life.  I never want to get that way, because the work they do is mostly droning bullshit.  They are like ants, they are like bees, they just work, nothing touches them.  It is amazing.  The work continues, nothing stops them.  They are unthinking, unfeeling.  That is what is wrong with them.  The corporation is their creed.  Entrepreneurs make the same mistake in a different way.  The entrepreneur puts all his time and energy into something like selling product x.  Both corporate types and entrepreneurs adhere to a specific philosophy known as work, and more exactly, business.  ---  02/15/1997

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  American mainstream.  Corporate jerks.  (1) Money, sex, power vs. (2) family and security vs. (3) risk, gambling, excitement.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  American mainstream.  Modern american dream philosophy (metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, aesthetics).  Make the most of yourself, and improve society.  Get a wife, kids, new car, stuff, and a house with picket fence.  Beat the other guy, competition, accomplish (get, do).  Equal opportunity, work hard and get ahead.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  American mainstream.  Protestant work ethic.  Work hard, long, and smart.  Work is good in and of itself.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  American mainstream.  There are two American philosophies.  (1) Work as hard as you can at making money, and then (2) Do absolutely nothing in free time.  Actually the best thing you can do is work in your free time on non-money making, personal growth activities.  ---  04/30/1993

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  American mainstream.  Things people believe in.  Power, money, sex.  Cigars, coffee, wine.  God, country, family.  ---  08/01/1997

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  American philosophy.  High school.  Cheerleaders and football players.  Small town values.  Blue collar values.  Not too bright.  Religious.  Rural and suburbs, white, narrow and parochial.  Opposite of cosmopolitan, urban, intelligent.  ---  05/10/1997

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Change.  Dogmatic, traditional, static, vs. change, liberals, dynamic.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Class: (1) Proletariat vs. (2) bourgeoisie vs. (3) aristocrats.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Creativity vs. drones.  (1) Individualists, rebels, outsiders vs. clones, conformists, mass herd mentality.  (2) Cloneism: be like everyone else.  Droneism: work constantly, think of nothing else.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Dude-ism.  PART ONE. Dude-ism as exemplified in famous dude movies: "Fast Times at Ridgemont High".  "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure".  "Dude, Where's My Car?" and "The Big Lebowski".     PART TWO. Elements of dude-ism.  (A) Anti-intellectualism.  Dude's know that you don't have to be smart to survive and thrive.  (B) Booze and pot.  Dudes do.  (C) Dudes are social.  Hail fellows well met.  Seeing other dudes as equals.  Seeing other dudes as friends.  (D) Dudes have an inherent nobleness and sense of self-worth.  (E) Dudes are inherently ethical.  A dude does not knowingly do you wrong.     PART THREE.  California dude-ism is distinct from cowboy dude-ism (dude ranches, etc.).     PART FOUR.  Problems with dude-ism.  (A) Dude-ism can be sexist when it excludes female dude-ettes.  (B) Dudes believe booze and other drugs cannot hurt you.  Booze and other drugs can hurt you.  (C) Dudes believe they don't need their brains.  Dudes do need their brains, if not now then later.  (D) Dudes believe its all for fun (hedonism).  Its not exactly all for fun.     PART FIVE.  Why do teenagers call each other dude?  Because a "dude" is neither "man" nor "boy", it is something in between.  ---  3/9/2001

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Dude.  (1) I have nothing to declare except my dude-ness.  (2) Dude tunes: "All the Young Dudes", by Mott the Hoople.  "Any Major Dude Will Tell You", by Steely Dan.  ---  6/3/2002

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Economic class.  (1) Proletariat: simple life philosophy.  Don't think, except about your immediate future.  Follow orders.  Be a happy slob.  (2) Bourgeoisie: practical life philosophy, manager.  Think but only of your long term consequences in order to get ahead.  (3) Aristocrat: theoretical life philosophy, noble, entrepreneur.  Think of things in abstract, think for everyone, world view.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Environment.  (1) City vs. country.  (2) Indoor vs. outdoor.  (3) Physically inactive vs. active.  (4) Mentally inactive vs. active.  ---  10/09/1993

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Environment.  (1) Pastoral myth.  Peaceful and unstressful.  Posits an inactive, passive, unaccomplishing individual in a quiet, unchanging, passive, friendly environment.  They are happy dropouts.  (2) City myth.  Stressful.  Posits a striving, accomplishing, active individual in an actively opposing environment full of problems.  ---  06/15/1994

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Environment.  (1) Urban: anonymity, privacy, excitement.  (2) Suburban: peaceful.  (3) Rural or small town: boredom.  (4) Wilderness: freedom.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Environment.  City.  World of man, against nature.  Technology is important.  Politics is important.  Status is important.  Looks not substance is important (fashion).  Money.  Females.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Eras.  (1) 1960's and 1970's. Cooperative, help, share, harmony, love.  Mellow out, laid back.  Spiritual, not worldly.  Peace, not war.  Asceticism, not greed.  Country, pastoral, wild, wilderness.  Street, not penthouses.  Prole, not aristocrat.  Reflected in fashion (ripped jeans, hippie look) and music (country and folk).  (2) 1980's.  Competitive, aggressive, greed.  City, industry, high class, conservative.  Defense.  Reflected in fashion (black tie, business suits) and music (the Sinatra revival).  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Eras.  Is the following true?  (1) 1960's youth were more: Idealistic, philosophical, knowledgeable.  Politically thinking and active.  Rowdy, risk taking, free.  (2) 1990's youth are more: Conformist, practical.  Less knowledgeable, less free.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Explorers, confronters, searchers, seekers vs. run away, hiders, ignorers, repressors, duty.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Four types of culture.  (1) Haute culture.  (2) Mass culture.  (3) Counter culture.  (4) Ubermensch true nobleman super culture.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  (1) What he thinks is real.  (2) What he thinks is right.  (3) What does he think he stands for?  (4) What he thinks the other guy (opposition) stands for?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  (1) What: comparative philosophy, general to specific.  (2) Why: to know self better.  To know others better.  To fight better, and to win more.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  A philosophical view in one subject area may affect views in other areas.  Similarities in a view from subject to subject, and overall philosophy.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  A philosophy can cross many subject areas.  Example, when you say liberal or conservative, you are not making a statement on just political views.  They also have a views on every aspect of life.  So in this section we try to sort these details out, for all major positions.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  Common examples of the philosophy, from past and present.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  Criticism of specific philosophies.  (1) Analysis: description.  Judgment: evaluation.  (2) Pros and cons of any specific philosophy.  Who is it good for, and who is it bad for, according to its holders, me, media, and masses.  (3) How is it similar and different from other philosophies?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  Development.  Causes for development of a specific philosophy.  Biology, psychology, physical, social (economic, political), environment, experience, history.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  Development.  Formation and development of a specific philosophy.  Effects or expressions of specific philosophy in action.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  Development.  Specific philosophy of an individual or society is a result of biology, psychological, social, historical and environmental forces.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  How far a philosophy is from the norm, main line philosophy.  ---  04/30/1993

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  Major and minor aspects of a specific philosophy.  The essence of a specific philosophy vs. peripheral points.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  Occurrences of specific philosophy through time.  Different groups of people hold similar philosophies.  They are related in families of philosophies.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  Personality types who get caught up in a specific philosophy.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  Philosophy affects job choice and leisure choices.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  Similar philosophies pop up into vogue throughout history.  We can group them together.  History of ideas (Lovejoy).  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  Specific philosophies can be summed up in short statements.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  Specific philosophies organized by: (1) groups who hold them, (2) ideas of the philosophy, (3) subject of the philosophy, (4) historical development (time, place).  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  Specific philosophy.  Understand it vs. don't.  Agree with it vs. disagree.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  General.  Statements reflect belief systems which affect lifestyles and behaviors.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  High school taxonomy.     (1) Three major groups.  Brains: the smart kids.  Heads: the party kids.  Jocks: the athlete kids.     (2) Three hybrid groups.  The brain-heads: the smart kids who party.  The brain-jocks: the smart kids who are also athletes.  The jock-heads: the athletes who party.     (3) The super-kid is the one who has the best traits of the brain, jock and head, and who does not have any of the negative traits of the brain, jock or head.  ---  11/20/2001

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  High school taxonomy.  (1) Jock.  Description: Spartan health nut.  Pros: Physically healthy.  Cons: Dumb.  Army like obedience.  (2) Head.  Description: hedonists.  Pros: Freedom of will.  Cons: Physically degenerated, addicted, sex drugs and rock and roll, dumb.  (3) Brain.  Description: world of ideas.  Pros: Smart.  Cons:  Physically degenerated, timid with no will, geek, nerd, poindexter.  (4) How can one take the positive traits and leave the negative traits of the above three groups?  ---  12/30/1995

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  High school taxonomy.  Brain, jock, and head.  Pros and cons of each.  The ultimate person would have all of the strengths and none of the weaknesses of all three.  (1) Jock pros: knowledge of importance of body.  Example, the many contributions made by Asian martial artists and rock climbers who solo and boulder.  Tend to be team players.  Jock cons: Tend to be mindless followers.  (2) Head pros: rebel against totalitarian and authoritarian.  Head contra: Mindless rebellion.  Withdrawal into drugs.  (3) Brain pro: Move society forward.  Brain contra: Clones and drones.  ---  11/04/1993

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Intellectuals and anti-intellectuals.  Types of each.  Reasons they hold their views.  ---  06/30/1993

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Jock philosophy.  Physical health and physical activity are necessary to build character and gain enlightenment.  This is true to a certain extent.  ---  05/10/1997

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Legal, justice, law and order vs. criminal.  (1) Relativistic ethics.  (2) Believe in no standards - amoral.  (3) Line drawerers.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Material vs. non-material (ideas, spiritual).  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Materialism.  (1) Materialism: to focus on, find joy in, and identify with physical objects.  (A) Things help define who I am.  (B) Things have value.  (C) Things are trophies.  (2) Anti-materialism: to loathe physical things.  (3) Idea-ism: to love ideas.  (4) Anti-idea-ism: to hate ideas, anti-intellectual.  (5) No-ism: to pursue an empty mind, Buddhist/Hinduism, repressed.  ---  11/16/1997

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Materialism.  (1) Materialists.  Money first, get rich quick, make your first million, get stuff, indulgent hedonism.  (2) Anti-materialists.  Poverty is ok if you are doing what you want vs. poverty is good in and of itself.  Asceticism, simplification, spartanism.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Other specific philosophies: (1) work vs. leisure.  (2) People vs. isolation.  (3) Exploring, (travel).  Discovering (science).  Inventing (technology).  Creating (art, ideas).  ---  01/22/1994

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Pairs or dualities, and spectrums.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  PART ONE.  Many people hold the following mistaken beliefs, "(1) Whatever I do is "instinctual" and "natural" and therefore correct.  (2) I do whatever I feel.  My emotions always provide an infallible, unerring guide.  (3) If I think of something then I think of it.  If I forget something then I was meant to forget it.  Why bother writing?  (4) Everything happens for a reason.  (5) Everything works out for the best in the end."     PART TWO.  What is wrong with the above naive views?  (1) "Instincts" (whatever they are) do not always provide a reliable guide.  (2) Emotions do not always provide a reliable guide.  (3) We sometimes forget useful and important ideas.  Writing is helpful to develop and transmit thoughts.  (4) The reason some things happen is because of human stupidity.  (5) Everything does not always work out for the best, and you can ask the friends of murder victims about that.  Justice is not automatic.  Life is not always simple.  Situations can be complex and require thought.  Its not always a good idea to only take care of yourself and ignore the rest of the world.  ---  1/25/2004

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Philosophy can be defined as an exploration of basic attitudes held by people.  Two factors impede an investigation of the basic attitudes held by people.  (1) People often do not know what are their basic attitudes on various topics.  People often have never thought about what are their basic attitudes on various topics.  (2) People often do not feel comfortable talking about what are their basic attitudes.  People are often reluctant or hesitant to explore their basic attitudes.  People often fear thinking, discussing, and writing about their basic attitudes.  ---  5/27/2007

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Philosophy of individual, and philosophy of society.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Popular vs. unpopular.  Insiders vs. outsiders.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Power, sex, money vs. sex, drugs, rock n roll.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Psychology.  (1) Doers (just do it).  (2) Thinkers.  (3) Non-doers.  (4) Non-thinkers (Why ask why?  Don't think, drink).  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Psychology.  Believers: unconsciously or consciously believe in religion, myth, magic vs. thinkers: rational (philosophy, science).  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Psychology.  Intellectuals vs. anti-intellectuals.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Psychology.  Silly vs. serious.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Psychology.  Thinkers, questioners, answerers, scholars vs. non thinkers, ignoramuses, obeyers, blind rule followers.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Rebellion.  Two forms of rebellion.  (1) Hippies: everything is okay.  (2) Punks: nothing is okay.  ---  12/29/1997

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Safe, sober, secure life vs. intense, mind blowing, gut wrenching life.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Slobs vs. snobs.  Losers vs. winners.  Insensitive winners have an unfair natural advantage.  Poor, ugly, dumb losers trying to maintain self-esteem.  (see Animal House and Caddyshack).  ---  9/15/1998

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Sociology: (1) Peace, pacifists vs. war, warrior, soldier, aggressor, competitor.  (2) Struggling: aggressors vs. passivers.  (3)(A) Cooperator, share, socialist, communist.  (B) Competitor, free market.  (C) Conflictors, warrior.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Specific philosophies classified by (1) Philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, ethical, aesthetics.  (2) Psychology: personality type.  (3) Social: ages, races, classes, ethnicities.  (4) Economic, political, work, leisure.  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Specific philosophies reflected in subcultures in music, fashion, and commercial products.  (1) Punks.  Nihilistic, angry, misfit, losers.  (2) Hippies.  Love, peace, harmony, bliss out, don't think.  (3) Beats.  Jazz, spontaneous, intellectuals.  (4) Reggae.  Mellow out, ganja.  (5) Goths.  (6) The Rich.  Country clubbers.  Preppies.  Rich, good looking, smart and popular.  (7) Rat Pack.  Booze, broads, gambling, swank.  ---  9/15/1998

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Them vs. me.  (1) Them: mass culture and business culture and work culture.  They like a lot of material things, and they don't like to think.  Their philosophy (business/corporate and mass US culture) is driven by power status from money.  They think in short term, not long term.  Cutthroat, anything goes.  Leisure for leisure sake.  Conformists, and specialists.  (2) Me: I don't like having lots of material things.  I like to think.  How to keep my philosophy alive and growing in their world?  ---  12/30/1992

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Very often, what people have going on in their minds is a stew of semi-conscious ideas.  These ideas do not necessarily fit together.  Some ideas may contradict other ideas.  Some ideas may be conscious, and other ideas subconscious.  If you ask a person what their specific philosophy is, you may get a vague, fuzzy answer.  Humans are not computers.  Human brains are not fool proof.  There are a lot of ideas.  Sort it out.  That is our task.  ---  11/18/2005

Philosophy, specific philosophies.  ---  Youth vs. old age.  ---  12/30/1992

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