OUTLINE by Paul Nervy Copyright (c) 2006 by Paul Nervy Visit www.paulnervy.com. wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww CONTENTS Introduction What is the Outline? Why do the Outline? How do the Outline? Philosophy Contents and related philosophy topics list (see other sections) Philosophy in general. Meta-philosophy. Epistemology, Ethics, Metaphysics Continental philosophy Eastern philosophy History of philosophy. Psychology Psychology in general. Methodology. Schools of psychology. The Mind. The Brain. Sense and perception. Memory. Emotion. Thinking. Personality. Development. Pathology and therapy. Sociology General concepts Social Psychology Communication and Language Sexuality Minority experiences Politics and Law Politics Political philosophy. General concepts. US politics. Law Philosophy of law. General concepts. Areas of law. Constitutional. Property. Contracts. Tort. Economics and Business Economics World, National, Industry, Firm, Individual levels. Business Management. Finance. Marketing. Sciences Philosophy of science. Astronomy Physics Chemistry Biology Ecology and Environmental Science Earth Sciences - Air, Water, Earth Technology Philosophy of technology Power, Tools, Materials Food, Clothing, Shelter Transportation, Communication Information, Library science Computers History and Future Studies Philosophy of history World History. Geologic history Biological history Human evolution. Civilization. Regional and national history American history. Current events. The now. Future Studies Geography Health and Medicine Health Human anatomy and physiology Pathology Therapies Leisure and Work Leisure Leisure activities list. Work Jobs list. Math Philosophy of mathematics. Specific areas of math. Arts Philosophy of art. Aesthetics. Literature Music Visual Arts Movies, Theater, Architecture, Fashion, Dance, Gastronomy, etc. Magic, Myth and Religion. Magic. Myth. Religion. wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww INTRODUCTION wwwwwwwwww WHAT IS THIS OUTLINE? The Outline is an outline of basic concepts in all subject areas. The Outline is a domain-specific vocabulary for each subject domain. Is this the Notes by Paul Nervy? No, this is the Outline by Paul Nervy. Why separate the Notes and the Outline? Because they have two different purposes. The Notes is to record ideas I figured out. The Outline is an outline of basic concepts. wwwwwwwwww WHY DO AN OUTLINE? Its fun. Its enjoyable. Its useful, productive and meaningful. It helps record and organize information. It does not take much time. Its not a burden. Its quick and easy. wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Why not to do it? What are the issues and objections? What are the counter-arguments to the objections? wwwwwwwwww Objection: Haven't various other outlines been done already? Reply: Various other outlines by other people have been done and will continue to be done. wwwwwwwwww Opposite objection. No one else is doing this, why should you? Reply 1. That's not really true. Many people do this. Reply 2. Even if no one else was doing it, that does not necessarily means its bad or suboptimal. Every good idea starts sometime. wwwwwwwwww Issue: Fear of attack by others. Objection: Don't you fear for speaking out? Reply: Do not fear. Keeping silent is worse. wwwwwwwwww Issue: Fear of "giving away" knowledge. Objection: You work hard, so why "give away" the knowledge? Reply: For me its fun, not work. wwwwwwwwww Issue of incompleteness. Objection: This isn't complete. Reply 1. This is a work in progress. Reply 2. Its an outline; it does not have to be complete. wwwwwwwwww Issue of simpleness. Objection: Its simplistic. Reply: Simple is a relative term. What is simple for one is complicated for another. wwwwwwwwww Issue of inaccuracy. Objection: There are mistakes. Mistakes of fact. Mistakes of spelling. Reply: That does not invalidate all of it completely. wwwwwwwwww Issues of intellectual property. Objection: You were not the first to think of all of these concepts. Reply 1. That doesn't mean I can't discuss the concepts. Reply 2. No one owns the individual words of a language. No one owns the language. wwwwwwwwww Issue of expert vs. amateur. Objection. What gives you the right to write if you are not an expert? Reply 1. Even the experts don't know everything. Reply 2. We should not always defer to experts. We should continue thinking independently. Reply 3: It is not only experts that are allowed to discuss ideas. Reply 4. This objection is often used by those who want to limit discussion of the topic. wwwwwwwwww For further discussion of this outline, see the Paul Nervy Notes section "Technology, information theory > found outline". wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww HOW I DO THE OUTLINE Text file format. Not .rtf, .doc or .pdf format. Separate sections using "wwwwwwwwww" dividers One big file. Split it up for posting on the Internet Cover all subjects Include a table of contents for each subject section. Global in scope. Covering history, present and future. Take a problems approach. What are the worst problems and best solutions? List key concept terms first, then define them. For each subject History of subject x. Current trends in subject x. State of the art of subject x. Future of subject x. Great remaining unsolved problems in subject x. For each subject Problems in subject x. Solutions in subject x. For each subject A outline of concepts Then concepts discussed individually. An outline of the people Then people discussed individually. For each subject Start with a list of words (or an outline of words). Then write a sentence for each word. Then write a paragraph for each word.