My research journey has taken me well into the various disciplines of philosophy. It challenges my capacity to concentrate and make inferences. I also lack access to a conversational circle to help me learn about and act into different philosophical positions, but I enjoy the exploration nonetheless. I admire and am guided by scholars like Stephen Downes who have made it a life work to help others live with reflective curiosity. They also connect us to great philosophers of the past who can still offer improvements to contemporary fashions of thought. From his blog post today:
Learning to be a philosopher is learning how to comprehend what people might believe even if those beliefs are not well founded, understanding why people might hold those beliefs, getting along with them anyways, and looking forward to a world in which the quality of beliefs and belief-formation gradually improve.
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