The Philosophy of BACON!
Philosophy is the “Love of Wisdom” and is defined as the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence, especially when considered as an academic discipline. It is about trying to figure things out and always asking, “WHY?”
Philosophy was born out of curiosity, a little fear, and an unquenchable craving to understand. Over time, philosophy led to mathematics and science. It was tied closely to religion and was the basis for the political systems that we know today.
After 1,000s of years, have we figured out how to be happy?
B - Before Socrates (470-399 BC), there were a few deep thinkers like Thales who contemplated the simplicity of the material world. Thought everything was made of water. This was the introduction to RATIONAL thinking. “Everything must have a logical reason for being.” Pythagoras was the numbers guy and believed that our souls were immortal. This led to Socrates who helped establish DEBATE and the pursuit of truth.
Hat's off to Plato (a student of Socrates) who pushed for more education.
A – Aristotle, student of Plato (384-322 BC) pushed for more formal education, observation, and rational decision making. Aristotle has been called the father of logic, biology, political science, zoology, embryology, natural law, scientific method, rhetoric, psychology, realism, criticism, individualism, teleology, and meteorology. He was the Father of Persuasion, Ethos, Pathos, and Logo.
One of his students was Alexander the Great, warrior, Scientist, and Philosopher. He conquered the world and spread the word.
C – Cynics, Skeptics, Stoics, and Epicureans – New group of Philosophers emerge.
Cynics said that we don’t need money to be happy, just be virtuous.
Sceptics had a “see it to believe it” attitude.
Stoics believe that we are all equal. God has got a plan, so be good.
Epicureans say, “There is no afterlife, so plan for the future but be sure to enjoy today!”
O - Origen (185-253 AD) – Scholar and Theologian. He has been described as "the greatest genius the early church ever produced" Believed in the preexistence of Souls. Contributed to the development of the understanding of the Holy Trinity. Example of Knowledge and Faith.
N - Newton (1642-1726) – “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” He was talking about guys like Copernicus and Galileo Galilei. Invented Calculus and formulated the Theory of Gravity. Considered the biggest leap from Philosophy to Modern Science.
Special Shoutout to Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) and the Scientific Method. Define the Question, Make a Prediction, Gather Data, Analyze the Data, and Draw Conclusions.
Happiness, Community, and Rationalism, do we need anything else?
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