Internet Addiction

Very interesting

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How often do you see people with their faces stuck into their mobile phones, tablets, laptops, ignoring the real world around them – even their own children desperately craving attention. It’s become a real problem over recent years. And I can’t really throw rocks, as I can see the addiction in myself – another message, another email, another blog post arrived, a ‘like’ on my post, another important petition, another request for money, a news update, another try at that Candy game…

As this article in Positive News identifies, this is a big problem for many people, life threatening even for some. But the important thing is to become aware of it and do something about it, retain connection with other people and the real world.

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Brexit turkey evidence

I can't believe it!

More evidence of Brexit turkeys voting for Christmas in this Birmingham University Regional Paper on the economic impacts of Brexit, reported in today’s Guardian. What the paper aims to analyse is “the exposure of regions in the UK and the EU to Brexit, via an analysis of the nature and scale of their trade linkages”. (The paper itself looks rather complex – not easy reading.) The featured image shows the paper’s illustration of the level of impact by region.

Key findings include:

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Finding Life in the Shadow of a Narcissist

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By Dr. Perry, PhD


“Happiness must be grown in one’s own garden.” ~Mary Engelbreit

Life is complicated. One day we open our eyes and find ourselves in a life that we have no idea how we entered into willingly. We have painted ourselves into the proverbial corner with no window or door for escape. This is how many people describe feeling when they come to realize that their life partner is a narcissist. Perhaps you have a family and co-own assets with a narcissist and like many, feel you cannot leave or are not ready to leave your narcissistic partner. Life is never as simple as walking out a door and finding a new life waiting. I propose that whatever present situation you are in, you can regain your power and learn to enjoy and live your present life. Don’t give up and think this is all life has to…

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A basic understanding of Karl Marx the advocate for a Communist state.

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Karl Marx is undoubtedly one of the most eccentric yet extremely inspiring philosophers in history. Marx was also a: political theorist, economist, historian and socialist who advocated for political reform in society. He discussed the inequality between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat during the industrial revolution. During this time the working class was expected to work in horrendous conditions in the Cotton Mills in the North of England; where men, women and children worked to produce cotton. This domestic system required the workers to keep the machines spinning, if they had lost concentration they could easily loose a limb and even die. The intensity of the job as well as the limited medical treatment at that time meant that their life expectancy was very short. Despite the low wages and life threatening positions they held to benefit the owners and upper class they actually had no job security. In fact, if the demand for the product they made decreased they were made redundant.

Marx himself had come from a lower class background so he resonated with the proletariat and wanted to change the system. He was an egalitarian and demanded a revolution so that the lower class were not exploited anymore; a communist society. His analytical approach to class struggles can be found in the Communist Manifesto of 1948 a political pamphlet by German himself and Friedrich Engels.

Karl Marx opposed religion and classed it as the “opium of the people” he took an unprecedented approach in stating that religion is a way of controlling the masses which kept the working class oblivious to the oppression they had suffered, as religion conditioned people into thinking that temporary patience in this world would result in paradise in the afterlife although debatable today.

 

Is the communist state really a reality? I would argue that we are more greedy that Karl would have liked to consider. Would society work if no one was at the pinnacle of society? Do you think much has changed in terms of working class starting business’ or are the rich left to be rich and the poor left to be poor?

Thank you so much for your read, this is just a basic blog on Karl Marx I hope you enjoyed..

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Philosophy steams from overthinking but can also Channel your overthinking

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Anyone who has struggled with overthinking knows how much overthinking can have such a detrimental effect on you. However, when learnt how to channel your perpetual over-thinking in a positive way, it can have a significant impact on your life for the better. Simple right? Well it is harder said than done. I suppose that is the beauty of philosophy in of itself, it teaches you that there are many ways of viewing situations, and questions everything from: existence, the nature of reality, religion, knowledge, emotions and pretty much everything.

I remember how much I wanted answers from everything from a young age and questioned why there wasn’t a universal truth. I would look at the night sky and questioned life, I used to think that perhaps I was living in a dream lol and after reading about philosophy I realised that resonates with the theory of scepticism, which is more a less a theory that certain knowledge is impossible. This thinking actually aligns with Phyro’s belief, who was actually the first Greek Sceptic philosopher. Phyro questioned everything, he argued that people should not rely on what you believe to be true as that would be your own subjective believe, and everything can be questioned.I would argue that he was very extreme, he even questioned his own senses. His view steamed from examples such as: in the dark you may think that you can see a bird but in fact it is just a plastic bag. This, he felt lead to irrational conclusions and thus did not take anything for face value like almost all Philosophers. One of the most humorous stories of all was what I read in the book “A little History of Philosophy” by Nigel Warburton. He allegedly stayed calm whilst sailing which was teared to pieces by a storm, his argument was that appearances are so deceptive that they can not be trusted and therefore was not scared.

Anyway, time went on and I still remained confused, I felt that there must be a purpose of life and that by observing my surroundings and nature, as well as the fact that the world is so finely tuned there must be a creator. The finely tuning of the universe relates to the proposition that the conditions that allow life is only possible due to the certain universal dimensionless physical constants which lie within a very narrow range, so that if any of several fundamental constants were only slightly different, the Universe would not be conducive to the  development of matter, astronomical structures, elemental diversity, or life as it is understood today. Long story short, this lead me to follow the teachings of Islam and feel that philosophy enabled me to make my informed decision by understanding what my truth standard was, and then using deductive reasoning.Things started to make sense to me such as, believing in God as in Islam we are taught that we as humans have an innate disposition to believe in a high being. There was actually a study to back up this, the Telegraph newspaper discusses that kids are actually born believers in God and that this is not due to indoctrination. Dr Justin stated that “The preponderance of scientific evidence for the past 10 years or so has shown that a lot more seems to be built into the natural development of children’s minds than we once thought, including a predisposition to see the natural world as designed and purposeful and that some kind of intelligent being is behind that purpose,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/3512686/Children-are-born-believers-in-God-academic-claims.html

 

Socrates- The Philosopher who knew nothing but questioned everything

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The term ‘Philosophy’ was coined by the Greek which means ‘love of wisdom’. Philosophy evaluates the nature of reality, knowledge and existence which are questioned though arguments and reasoning. Socrates ‘attempted to establish an ethic system based on human reason rather than a theological doctrine’ (Biography.com, 2017)

Socrates was a well-known philosopher and was one of the most charismatic men in history who sparked thought provoking conversations. Socrates questioned people’s core belief as well their perception on life. Even the simplest of things such as truth standard were scrutinized. Before speaking to Socrates, the people were convinced of their beliefs, however when he engaged in conversation with them he would break down their reasoning’s by asking, why. Although his questions seemed somewhat straightforward, basic and perhaps patronizing, they were far from that inspired people contemplate their answers, which until now is profound way of evaluating your conclusions about life which is at the core of philosophy. An image that comes to mind is that of speaker’s corner in London, where people gather together to engage in free speech.

He questioned people in the market place leaving people confused and questioning how much they really knew, this must have been extremely disconcerting, yet people enjoyed speaking to Socrates although he himself claimed to ‘know nothing’! He was a truly humble character, One day his friend Chaerophon Visited Oracle who was a wise woman, a sibyl – women that ancient Greeks believed had divine revelation and answered questions that visitors asked. ‘When chaerophon asked “Is anyone wiser than Socrates?” she replied “No, no one is wiser than Socrates”. When Socrates heard about this conversation he became puzzled as he claimed he lacked knowledge which was indeed contradictory. He later did conclude that she was accurate. ‘Warburton, 2011. He loved to debate and was very sceptical of any answer which was given and inspired people to think deeply and not take the answer for face value. Despite, how articulate and truly inspiring this man was he refused to write anything down much of what we know about him was from his student Plato whether this was completely authentic is unknown.

On the other hand, Socrates was not everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ in fact people saw his views as precarious as he was seen to be challenging the government, undermining the gods and initiating people to oppose authorities. His ‘free speech’ and anti-democratic views was not welcome in the street of Athens and he was threatened to be taken to court, “in 399BC, when Socrates was 70 years old, one of them, Meletus took him to court” Warburton,2011. The court had voted whether he was guilty and ‘just over half of the 501 citizens who made up the jury thought he was and sentenced him to death’ Warburton,2011. In spite of that fact that Socrates was a highly articulate man, who spoke eloquently, it is argued that he may have been able to defend himself by putting forward his argument unsurprisingly he didn’t and sadly, he was forced to drink the poison. Socrates dissipates the fear of death as he presupposed that fearing death is unreasonable as he challenged everything. He was an advocate for courage and his actions aligned well with his beliefs, he truly put into practice what he preached of philosophy and was not intimidated by death as Plato puts it “while the Athenians did succeed in killing Socrates, they failed in their effort to silence him” Google books, 2017 and as Socrates puts it “be as you wish to seem”-socrates

Biography.com. (2017). Socrates. [online] Available at: https://www.biography.com/people/socrates-9488126 [Accessed 16 Dec. 2017].

Google Books. (2017). The Death of Socrates and the Life of Philosophy. [online] Available at: https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=x4sDLZXn01MC&oi=fnd&pg=PA1&dq=socrates+death+philosophy&ots=OqtoJGYfPZ&sig=kEXuWbWvOwKKOiMrwG37lHIgHI8#v=snippet&q=socrates%20conversation&f=false[Accessed 16 Dec. 2017].

Warburton, A little History of Philosophy . New Haven: Yale UP, 2011.PRINT