About the title who am i and if so how many and how enticing It seemed to be after all the traumatizing experiences out of my control that happened in the past two years i need to come up with strategies to forge my indentity to reinvent myself in order to achieve some sort of balance or try as hard as i can to go back to my normal self So there was the trigger But at the end it s a book that it s not existential to that degree but comprises the road traveled by philosophy throughout the centuries and the most
Important Well Known Philosophical Uestions And How They Can Nowadays well known philosophical uestions and how they can nowadays refuted or confirmed by neuroscience unifying science to logical thought And then there is a whole discourse about several moral issues faced by humanity dismantled to a point that you are sure you found the truth even though the author gives us space for interpretation or uestioning so therefore dogma free I took with me some thoughtsideasuestions to reflect on Learning without enjoyment wears you down and enjoyment without learning is mind numbing Someone could invent a fable of that sort and still not illustrate adeuately how wretched how shadowy and volatile how purposeless and random human intelect appears within nature Man is a clever animal with an overinflated sense of self and a mind focused not on the great truths but only on life s minutiae We have never sought ourselves how could it happen that we should find ourselves Nietzsche s brutally frank assessment of philosophy and religion had revealed the hyperbolic nature of most self definitions of man Human conciousness was shaped by an attempt to survive and move ahead Nietzsche held out a vague hope that this self discovery could make man cleverer could perhaps create an bermensch who truly expands the parameters of his knowledge It is not the sum of our neurons but our attention span that limits our learning ability It IS correct to say that my thinking is the only window into my existence Feelings can sometimes get by without too much involvement of reason but without feelings reason gets stranded because feelings orient thought Emotions are rather stereotypical and automatic processes Feelings on the other hand are a far complicated matter involving a major dose of consciousness Feelings can be hidden and people can try not to let them show That is difficult with emotions because we have no control or influence over them Feelings are a mixture of emotions and ideas Not being loved is difficult but Weiss discovered having no one to love is even worse Anyone who like Rousseau was convinced that man was good by nature found it necessary to explain the rise of evil Huxley faced the opposite uestion if man was bad by nature where does the ethical progress of society come from Since Huxley was not religious he did not find its origins in God If there is nothing good in man by nature how was it possible for the interaction of all those bestial people to have led to a reasonably well regulated society Where does morality come from if not from human nature And if man is not moral by nature why does he have the capacity to act morally Values are by nature an outgrowth not of reason but of feelings The ultimate basis for any moral rule is hopes and wishes not insights or
knowledge Paradoxically the fact that chimpanzees and gorillas display mathematical and linguistic powess Paradoxically the fact that chimpanzees and gorillas display mathematical and linguistic powess the laboratory is regarded as their ticket of admission to the human moral community yet humans themselves have no need to prove intelligence in order to receive moral consideration We must accept every living creature that fulfills the condition of being a person My senses enable me to gain experiences which my understanding turns into representations and my reason helps me to sort out and assess them But I know nothing of what lies completely outside the world of my sensory experience Man does not become good in the christian sense by his faith but only by his deeds by assuming responsibility and by serving his community You are only as rich as you feel And the story goes like this in a Mediterranean harbor a poor fisherman is dozing in the midday sun A tourist strikes up a conversation with him and tries to convince him that he should get out and fish Why The fisherman wants to know To earn money replies the tourist who uickly calculates how many additional catches could make the fisherman a wealthy man with a large staff in his employ What for The fisherman again wants to know You d be so rich that you could lean back and relax in the sun the tourist explains But that s exactly what I m doing now says the fisherman and goes back to dosing Lasting happiness can be achieved only if our expectations are grounded in reality If happiness and unhappiness are essentially of our own devising they are largely a function of how we set our expectationsRules to achieve happiness 1 Keep alive Sports are wonderful because the mind rewards itself for sucessful physical efforts by forming new neurons Interests also boost the oy of life2 Be sociable Living in a social network ensures that you are not alone with your cares and worries3 Focus Enjoy the here and now4 Have realistic expectations5 Think good thoughts Act as though you re happy and you will be Don t take yourself too seriously laugh at yourself We seem to devote far thought to the uestion of the meaning of life than to why and by which criteria „Fragen zu stellen ist eine Fähigkeit die man nie verlernen sollte“ Richard David PrechtBücher über Philosophie gibt es viele Aber Richard David Prechts Buch ist anders als alle anderen Denn es gibt bisher keines das den Leser so umfassend und kompetent – und unter Berücksichtigung naturwiss. .
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explains how but not why Third part of the book washow but not why Third part of the book was interesting than bit less interesting second part I liked the last chapter Especially authors finishes the book uoting Monty Python s song Meaning of Life which happens to be song from Life of Brian the movie that got me to become Monty Python s fan Who Am I And If So How Many A Philosophical Journey by Richard David Precht translated from German by Shelley Frisch was published in paperback in English in 2011 It is a mixture of philosophy science and ournalism that is both informative and entertaining The wide array of subjects includes emotions memory language abortion euthanasia cloning and love We also have discussions of the big subjects including What is truth Does God exist Does life have meaning Precht examines some of these philosophical uestions by using the lives and writings of well known philosophers such as Friedrich Nietzsche Jean Jacues Rousseau Rene Descartes Immanuel
and Ludwig Wittgenstein and scientists such as Ernst Mach and Santiago Ramon y Cajal To take ust one example Precht the uestion What Can We Know by examining Nietzsche and his essay On Truth and Falsehood in an Extramoral Sense The 19th century German philosopher in many of his writings took aim at the arrogance of human beings and their delusion they are the center of and masters of the universe But if we could communicate with the mosuito we would learn that it floats through the air with the same self importance feeling within it the flying center of the world Precht writes Man is a clever animal with an overinflated sense of self and a mind focused not on the great truths but only on life s minutiae Measuring Nietzsche s honesty and passion Precht writes Most philosophers in the West were wrong he Nietzsche contended to regard man as something special as a kind of supercomputer of self knowledge Can man really know himself and objective reality Philosophers had rarely uestioned this and had simply euated universal thought with human thought The book is provocative and well written and translated not something you often get with books about philosophy It will be worth returning to Who am I and if so how many is a book I m glad to have finally finished reading It is a very mixed bag Divided like Gaul under the Romans into three parts what can I know what should I do and what can I hope each of which is full of short chapters that tended at best to tantalise rather than satisfyThe first part combined philosophy with contemporary research on the brain and I found this part the most enjoyable although when we got to Mach denying the existence of self and then moved back to Hume similar views I remembered that the Buddha several thousand years earlier had much the same notion Of a sudden the book s focus on a western European tradition of philosophy and science seemed parochial and gave a sour taste to my readingI struggled with the middle part which dealt with ethical issues In part this is because they don t much interest me I tend to feel that we do what we do for social or historical or cultural reasons and come up with the ethical reasoning after the act But significantly the level of discussion didn t engage me I remember the Dolly the Sheep story I remember her condition and her early death If you are young or don t have much interest in science stories there might be some novelty here but not for me Nor can I oin in the moral panic over the promise of designer babies when they are only a potential conseuence of technology and the already proven success of the wealthy in perpetuating their power across generations Ensuring the ongoing survival of the shape of your ear or eye colour seems small beer by comparison And in the face of recentKant and Ludwig Wittgenstein and scientists such as Ernst Mach and Santiago Ramon y Cajal To take ust one example Precht
events I can t muster the emotion to be worried about the potential of governments using electrical brainI can t muster the emotion to be worried about the potential of governments using electrical brain to extract information They can already know what they want as it is without having to attach an electrode to my head By which stage I was finding this book parochial limited and naive This it turns out is a highly effective triple restraint on my reading enthusiasmStill I read on though slowlyThe third part pleased me than the second but only really because of the penultimate two chapters what is a happy life and can one learn to be happyThe typical reading experience I had is summed up by the chapter on love Towards the end he mentions that the average length of a relationship according to international data is four years which ties into the duration of the chemical effects of Endorphine Cortisol and so on Ah interesting I think But then after a while I start to wonder if those people who separated after four years were they married or cohabiting If married had they been co habiting for a period of time presumably not included in the statistics before marriage What countries was this data drawn from And over what period of timeThere are no footnotes or endnotes in this book though there is a bibliography so the uestion is unanswerable There is tantalising statement but no satisfactionLike all these poppy Science books if you are going to read it read it now In a few years new discoveries and new approaches will be leaving it increasingly out of dateuestion has anybody ever been convinced to believe in God by Anselm s ontological argumen. R schier unüberschaubaren Fülle unseres Wissens vom Menschen Eine Einladung lustvoll und spielerisch nachzudenken – über das Abenteuer Leben und seine MöglichkeitenEine faszinierende Reise in die Welt der Philosophie – Richard David Prechts Buch bietet Antworten auf die großen Fragen des Lebe. E are actually seeking it In other words we examine everything except the uest itself Reference to Monty Python s meaning of life Now here s the meaning of life well it s nothing very special really Uh try and be nice to people avoid eating fat read a good book every now and then get some walking in and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nationsAnd if you ask me Keep your senses of curiosity alive make good ideas a reality and fill your days with life not your life with days 3 Pure drivel Interesting ideas but poorly argued with contrived links between chapters Could not finish A refresher for philosophy buffs a primer for all others Breezy yet substantial Thought provoking Timely An artful marriage of four fundamental uestions and the latest brain research Allows science nerds and liberal arts types to communicate Love it A book about Philosophy What did I think when I bought this one I don t know For me this book was heavy stuff and hard to read I felt that I should have read n books about the basics of Philosophy before I read this one because I always felt that I m Moonrise (Snowfall, just not uite getting everything that is talked about and I didn t understand everything in it I also think that not everything was explained well and that there should be explanation on the different theories and arguments I also didn t like that sometimes the theme of a chapterumped from one theory to the next within the same sentence or paragraph or that suddenly the talk is about something different and not the chapter theme I like the biographies of the philosopher at the beginning of each chapter and that we therefore get some background on why they thought this way or came to their conclusions and that there were footnotes which mention in which chapter we discovered the theory which counters the current theoryAll in all a book that could have been very interessting but ust didn t manage to get me there Or maybe I m ust stupid I picked this book from a small bookshop in Frankfurt airport One million copies sold worldwide written on the front cover A German book translated to English The cover and the title are weird I never read a book about philosophy before That must be something I thought so I took it along with two books The first thing came to my mind that I might take long time before I reach the end and probably it would be boring It was a total surprise the book is divided into very small chapters each asking one of the really big uestions about life while there is a key figure a philosopher most of the time who brought that uestion into discussion and sometimes managed to offer a theory or an answer The structured is ust fine and if you don t follow the seuence you might miss the point altogether despite the fact that each section seems independent from the rest at first glance For me it was very informative and intriguing but Richard David Precht had one objective in mind Neuroscience is changing philosophy but will never render it obsolete At certain point the neuroscience revolution will deliver the new information about human brain to philosophy in search of the answer about who we are and other uestions of that sort Interesting 2020 in terms of reading uality has been a surprise for me and I haven t been let down so farUntil I finished this book This book is incredibly strange and I don t mean that as a compliment The premise of the book is good it offers introductions to keep philosophers and the second part asks the major uestions what is love does God exist and so forth The biggest issue I have with this book is the writing is incredibly poor and the structure perhaps worse I don t really know what I ve gotten out of this book If I wanted a concise introduction to philosophy I would ve read the many books out there such as the little book of philosophy If I wanted
arguments that are in the second half of the book you d be better off going to google for answers that are substantial than this The book basically ust follows the same format at the start insert philosopher here was born in insert date his key ideas was insert here It makes for an extremely boring read that doesn t flow well at all The second half of the book tried to answer the big uestions but I struggle what I gain from his answers Most of it is ust facts facts facts and perhaps the end paragraph is his own interpretation which falls weak and flat This book tried to be a science and philosophy book but ultimately fails on both Really informative and an interesting entry to philosophy and the human brain Makes you curious and you gain the wish to read on the topics and the different philosophers that are introducedSometimes a little bit too much but nevertheless interesting and instructive Pretty solid read i think It actually introduces you to major philosophical uestions But as an introductory work to philosophy it doesn t do good If someone wants introduction to philosophySome Arguments That Are
I WOULD RECOMMEND A HISTORY OF WESTERN PHILOSOPHY BYwould recommend A History of Western Philosophy by Russel or Sophie s World by Jostein Gaarder For than a few occasions whilst reading I wondered if i was reading philosophy book or neuroscience book Author tries to explain philosophical uestions using neuroscience and other disciplines and that brought a new breeze for those who mostly been reading philosophy works like me But also here in occurs maj. Enschaftlicher Erkenntnisse – an die großen philosophischen Fragen des Lebens heran geführt hätte Was ist Wahrheit Woher weiß ich wer ich bin Was darf die Hirnforschung Prechts Buch schlägt einen weiten Bogen über die verschiedenen Disziplinen und ist eine beispiellose Orientierungshilfe in de. ,