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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sophies World Connection 2

In the book Sophies World, sophie is told an analogy by the philosopher about how we are like a rabbit beeing pulled out of a magicians hat.  he then talked about, how we can not see the changes and what was actually going on around us because we are nestled deep down in the rabbits fur and do not want to come out.  We have made our home down there in this false reality and refuse to try to find what actually is going on.  He then talks about how philosophers climb up to the top of the hair and truely see the real world around them, but the others refuse to see and believe because they are to comfotable where they are.  I thought that this analogy was excelent and really simplified a complex topic.  After reading this I feel like people need to get up out of the rabbits fur and start to wonder at everything going on around them.

Philosophy Connection 2

After years of hearing about this movie, not so much what it was about but how good it was, I finally watched it.  I was completely blown away by this movie and next to inception, has to be one of my favorite movies of all time.  I found the topic that our reality might actually be fake to be very intersiting.  This reminded me of Source Code, in the fact that when the main charecter is not in the real world, it becomes his reality because he thinks that it is real.  In the Matrix, Neo thinks that the world around him is completely  real and that he is just a small programer for a large company.  He accepts everything around him but in his time off spends time on the computer trying to find out about "The Matrix".  But when Neo gets pulled out of the matrix and into the real world he does not know what to make of it.  He still thinks of the matrix world as reality even though it is unreal.  It takes him awhile to adjust to this new reality and relise what's real and what's not, just liek the main charecter from the movie source code.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Philosophy Connection 1

The first connection to popular culture that I am writing on will be about a book. (aka extreme topic birdwalking TO THE MAX)

The week before school started I started to read "The Road" by: Cormac McCarthy.  I ended up finishing it in a day because I could not put it down.  At first when I read it and went back and reflected upon it, and it seemed like a normal book about surviving in a post appocolyptic world where food was scarse and there were few survivors.  I forgot about the book the first week of school, and it slowly faded to a distant memory, that was, untill I started to take this class in philosophy.  I started to think to myself, what if that actually happned, how could it happen, and would we ever be able to recover from it?  I now think that the human race's intelligence will be its own demise and some unstopable force will be created that will crumble civizilation and maybe even kill every organism on earth.  Maybe this has alredy happned on a small scale such as when the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  But then after thinking for a while I started to think back to the question the philosopher asked Sophie in Sophies world.  Is everything made out of one substance?  When somthing such as a bomb goes off, nothing is destroyed, its state is only changed not created or destroyed.  But if we are also made of that substance do we truly die in an appocolyptic event, or is our state only changed.  We would still be here on earth, at least our bodys, just in a diffrent form.  So do we truly die or, like our body, do our thoughts and mind continue to exist, just in a diffrent form than they once were.

Sophies World 1

In the book Sophies World by Jostein Gaarder, the mistirious philosopher talking to Sophie asks her three simple questions which turn her world upside down and completely shift all of her veiws on reality.  These three simple questions were, Is there a basic substance that everything else is made of?, Can water turn into wine?, How can earth and water produce a live frog?

These may seem like simple questions at first but like Sophie, the more you think about them the more complicated they become.

Is there a basic substance that everything else is made of?-

This is a very interisting philosophy question that makes you think about the world around you and what composes it.  The general rule of thumb that people now believe is that everything is made up of molocules, which are made up of atoms, which are made up of protons nuetrons and electrons, which are made up of quarks.  But you have to think to yourself, do these small particles really make up everything around us?  This got me thinking, what if there was more to everything than just that.  What composes quarks and how are they created?  Then this got me thinking, what if we are just giants and the quarks each contain a new incredibly tiny universe which may contain life, and they also are wondering if there is a basic substance everything is made of?

Can water turn into wine?-

Thinking about this question brought me right back to thinking about if there is one basic substance that everything is made of.  If there is one basic substance it could be rearanged to make naything, including transform water into wine.  But if there is not one basic substance can water still turn into wine?  So I now think the awnser is Yes if everything is made out of one single substance, and No if it is not.

How can earth and water produce a live frog? -

This question gets me thinking about, not only frogs, but all life in general and where did it come from?  We think right now that all life comes from life but what came before? Life could not have just apeered, and has to have come from somewhere, is the earth and water just one substance rearanging itself so it becomes somthing living and can take in that substance, grow and survive?