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PostSubject: Philosophy in the Modern Marketplace Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:52 am

Philosophy as the study of cosmos has become philosophy as the production of intellectual product.

Degenerated weened on Cold War socioeconomic and right/left politics, adopt the stance of a producer/consumer in the marketplace, buying or selling ideas.
Since the time of Bernays, and his application of his uncle Freud's insights, the connection between nature, and nurture, has been covered in material goods and services.
Denial of nature enables marketing to exploit ignorance of self, and to manipulate the individual's confusion, seeking clarity outside itself, in manufactured objects and social objectives.
Denying human nature has increased the effectiveness of triggering desired responses by exploiting what, for the consumer, is denied, and for him/her non-existent.

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PostSubject: Re: Philosophy in the Modern Marketplace Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:58 am

Philosophy as image maker

A source of ideas and ideals, philosophy has become, for the modern, a source of concepts to purchase and adorn himself with, to produce a desirable effect in others.
The variety of ideas/ideals offers the modern consumer what he calls 'freedom' to choose what to become.
Moderns think of themselves as blank canvases, to paint a personal image, by first erasing what has already been painted during the years of their dependence.
Maturity is, for the modern, a erasing of what he does not want to be seen as, and the taking of his "nurturing" into his own hands - painting whatever image he wishes to be associated with.
 
All predispositions, determined behavioral and aesthetics are to be forgotten, erased cognitively, or ignored, covered in alternate "uniforms"...purchased on the market from the more talented in manipulating symbols/words.

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PostSubject: Re: Philosophy in the Modern Marketplace Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:08 am

Outsourcing thinking

Modern consumers of philosophical goods prefer to outsource their wisdom, either because it is easier to purchase what is already made, or because they lack the artistry, the talent, to create.
Outsourcing adopts a position without, necessarily, understanding it.

The Modern consumer of idea(l)s, buys the product he desires to create the image he desires, or to belong to a group promoting a specific image.
Following the "train of thought" is helpful, but not important, no more than it is important to understand how a car is made, if all you want to do is buy a car, and use it for a specific reason, or to cultivate a specific image, or belong to a particular kind of vehicle owner.

For example, purchasing a motorcycle automatically includes you in a exclusive club, which is only differentiated internally, by the type of motorcycle you chose to purchase.

Same applies in the arena of philosophical idea(l)s, when the ideas are no longer connected to world, as with an automobile when the automobiles utility is no longer determined by the world, and surviving within it.

Outsourcing and adopting ideas, pre-made, prefabricated and on the market, frees the modern to pursue other interests, having 'settled' his philosophical needs.  
Parts, and labour are available on demand. The consumer can seek additional modifications to his ideas, or seek help in repairing done by dialogue.
There is an 'expert" available for any possible contingency, for any particular philosophical ideology.

After years of wear and tear, some prefabricated solutions to commonly experienced issues, are available on-line, or in the marketplace, where mechanics/experts offer their services.

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PostSubject: Re: Philosophy in the Modern Marketplace Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:18 am

Customizing your philosophy

Some, more egotistical, narcissistic types, may wish to stand apart from the exclusive group they find themselves in, when they've bought-into a philosophy.
An exclusive group may quickly be inundated by new buyers, which forces those who wish to be seen as superior, or unique, or special, to go to extremes to customize the philosophy and convert it to something only they own.
In the area of philosophy this custom-job is only possible by changing words/symbols, as one would customize a car by changing wheels, or chassis, or ornaments.

Nihilism produces a uniformity of thinking only modifying symbols/words can help in escaping, for those who despite wanting to belong to an exclusive group, still wish to stand-out within this exclusive club, without making it too obvious.
Sampling and recycling is part of Nihilism, because it has no qualms about combining what has been built in unaesthetic ways, and it is unrestricted by world, and the application of the tool within reality.
Cars with square wheels, or useless constructs only meant for display, are not outside the Modern's potentials.

Philosophically this may take the form of adopting an already existing philosophy to personal needs, by combining it with a second, and then modifying the symbols/words to accommodate this synthesis, or it may take the form of claiming a vintage understanding, back to when the specific product first entered the marketplace. Consumers will proudly claim a purity, in going back to the original - usually an icon/idol, who's spirit they want to represent.
This going back to the original is a returning to the womb, or closer to the point, in space/time/ when birth occurs.

Remaining within the metaphor of vehicles, we can equate this behavior to that of a consumer of the product Harley Davidson, or Jaguar.

The first distinguishing marker is that of price.
The consumer enjoys the idea that few can buy the symbol of their exclusivity, or are unwilling to self-handicap themselves to that degree.
This creates an exclusive group of Harley or Jaguar owners, within which competition is fierce to become part of an exclusive sub-group within the exclusive group.
Some wish to purchase the newest model, always on the forefront of trendiness - their willingness and ability to spend money on renewing their model places them in a unique sub-category.
Some want to customize their Harley or Jaguar, so that they stamp their own personal psychology on the symbol of their exclusivity. Customizing their vehicles converts a prefabricated symbol into a expression of personality, of self.
Some return back to the originals, vintage types, that find exclusivity in being purists, remaining loyal to the first style that captures their imagination.  They look down on the first two, by claiming authenticity, or purity, as their distinguishing exclusivity within the exclusive group.

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PostSubject: Re: Philosophy in the Modern Marketplace Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:38 am

Using the metaphor of a product, such as a vehicle, is not accidental.
A vehicle offers a solution to a 'problem' of space/time in world - existence.
In many ways, it is not so different than how philosophy is bring practiced and applied in Modern times.

It is a means to an end -  specific tool/toy, for a specific end, desired result.
A tool, that has become, in modern times, a toy.
A useful tool to accomplish a goal, to attain an objective, to do work efficiently and effectively.
It has also, acquired, in time, additional functions, such as sexual signaling, image building accessory, extension or enhancement of self, second skin (armour) etc.
Another modern product compensating for genetic inadequacies, and insecurity.
A product offered no the market to those with no talent, or ability to construct one on their own - great equalizer.
A product that does not have to be understood, and required only minimal intelligence to be operated.

A product that can be accessorized, customized, personalized, deconstructed into its parts and then rearranged and recombined, by adding parts from another.
A product that is an extension, a encompassing, of our body - the original biological motor vehicle - that lifts our feet, from the soil, from contact with the ground - as if we were levitating.
A product that can be confused as an addition to our self - stronger, faster, more durable. A private time/space hurtling through time/space.
The individual begins to feel exceptional, indestructible, supernatural.

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PostSubject: Re: Philosophy in the Modern Marketplace Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:45 am

Philosophy belongs to the masculine, and therefore it must be broken down by moderns because it is based in order and order is a product of strength, and that too must be broken down.

The obsession by modernity to eliminate the masculine derivative is the primitive manifestation to attack this fundamental ideological center of order that determines real value that can be measured in prospects of cultural success. The leftist/Marxist political landscape has grown to such proportions that most thinkers, even if they exude traits of quality, find themselves catering to it in some fashion.

Academia has usurped and subverted the spirit of philosophy into a mode, a method, and an application to compliment the system of efficiency and performance in production. Externalizing thinking as an art, in the form of a classroom is the first step. Once it becomes a thing, it can then be taken for granted and ultimately dismissed outright and eventually mocked into absurdity, also known as subjectivism.

The information age, also produces more idealistic commodities than the masses can keep up with and so the most relevant, the most functional, are utilized to manage the extreme excess. All other ideas with quality are discarded or left to rot. Philosophy is simplified by moderns as something everyone can do, because it has been expelled from the intellectual waste tank of consumerism and to be recycled.

The academic career curriculum gives thinking/philosophy a way to be absorbed into the machine of production. Everything must be relevant in a strictly functional way in modernity otherwise it is derided or extinguished. In the end, Huxley had it right. The educational institution will build hierarchies of thinkers that have been engineered in systematic consumerism of ideals meant to keep everyone imprisoned within their own urges. The civilized savage, becomes the manufactured savage. Every thought must conform to a particular sensation to then reinforce a positive behavior contribution to the collective whole.
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PostSubject: Re: Philosophy in the Modern Marketplace Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:05 am

Academia, dealing in literature and metaphors and reciting dates, names, and relationships, is like art critique - it houses those who cannot create but only recite, imitate, and criticize.

Philosophy in the west, is a product of Indo-European culture - a spirit of openness, contention, curiosity, and desire to dominate, not to deny.
A need to know, no matter how much it hurts.
It gives rise to science for this reason.

How philosophy is practiced today is as a psychological balm, a method of healing and coping with the world.

We are in an adolescent phase, having regressed from a previous height.
We approach philosophy like a teenager, living in his parent's home, approaches world: with a sense of untested entitlement, an exaggerated ego that consistency fails to measure itself against world and is content to create an effect among its peers, a sense of indestructibility, born of sheltering, an unleashing of imagination, into fantasy, as a "right" to liberty, with uncertain declarations of independence based on parental authority which is never acknowledged, a settling for living in the shadow of an adult who permits our pretentiousness and juvenile language.

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PostSubject: Re: Philosophy in the Modern Marketplace Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:47 am

Philosophy in a Modern and post-modern world is about psychological word-games.
How the world is, is replaced with how the world ought to be.
Reason is replaced with pleasure as the criterion of plausibility.

Words are selected on how much they imply, without saying it, and how they appeal to the senses - you pleasing they sound to an audience.
Text is selected, redefined, infused with metaphorical imagery, to insinuate without clarifying.
Clarity is unforgivable because it exposes blemishes and motives, and the motive of such practices is everything and anything besides clarity concerning how the world is.

A variety of philosophies and reinterpretations and recycling repackaging of already made philosophies, enters the market-place of intellectual product, appealing to a variety of consumers, or a variety of motives, based on needs, desires, emotional reactions.
Malleability of language makes it the perfect medium to construct any ideology, if it has been detached from the limitations imposed upon language, or all art-forms, by natural order.

Language, calling itself philosophy, has entered the artistic phase of surrealism.
It no longer depicts the perceived real, but unloads an esoteric reaction to it.

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PostSubject: Re: Philosophy in the Modern Marketplace Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:19 am

Approaching philosophy as a painter approaches a blank canvas, or a sculptor a piece of stone, one must consider the motives of the artist.
His influences, and talent.

Philosophy's medium is language, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]/Symbols, and the canvas is the mind.
The talent of the philosopher/artist determines his ability to convert a realistic scene into a representation of it using materials other than the ones participating in the scene - phenomena.
The mind, noumena, become the intermediating translation of phenomenon, to representation, and then its return to the phenomenological realm in an altered state.
For example, a sculptor using marble will sculpt a horse, which is a synthesis of many different patterns (elements), having first converted it, using sensual data, to neural pulses, then to abstraction in the esoteric, in his mind,, and then he will attempt to return it to the outside world, as another phenomenon, but this time using different elements, that represent but are not the biological phenomenon we call worse.

In Nihilism, this is where things become strange, because the motive is not to represent the real, the phenomenon, but to alter it, or hide it, so as to escape it.
A partial corruption of the motive will result in surrealistic depictions, strange configurations, adding to the apparent the artist's personal reaction, or desires and psychosis.
In a full-blown Nihilistic detachment form reality, the horse is no longer necessary....only a recollection of the reactions (emotions, sensation) when the artist first came in contact with a horse.

The "f-artist", as I call these types of Modern "artists", and philosophers, is now unloading his psychosis, his emotional turmoil, his reaction to horse, through the medium - externalizing his esoteric world into the real world.

The same occurs with the art of philosophy, using words.
In fact words are a better medium to achieve this corruption than any other medium, with the exception of music, where language is reduces to tone, sound, and does not have to adhere to any communication convention.
Music is the pure representation, in sound, of a reaction to world.

Language, and semiotics, coming in a close second, and so a combination of language and music would be a perfect one.

What this means in philosophy where language is its only medium, is that the so-called philosopher is no longer restricted by an indifferent, external world, with its pre-existing order.
A Modern degenerate "philosopher" can approach philosophy and the language necessary to share it, as one approaches a blank canvas when the world surrounding it no longer matters.

Sampling, re-combining styles, can occur with the liberties of private psychological motives.
The motive is no longer a depiction, or representation of world, but a unloading, reveling of private psychologies, with the ambiguity to permit denial, or the motive might be selling the piece of art, so what better style than the one where talent is not required, because there is no objective world to evaluate it.
All value judgments being comparisons, or juxtapositions....in this case the art piece, representing a shared experience of what it is representing.

Famous artist usually proceed from realism towards surrealism, as they prove their talent and then wish to unload what they've kept hidden to their adoring audiences...but this is not the case any longer.
A wannabe artist can splash anything on canvas, and sell it, using a talented seller, as profound.
Talent is transferred to the salesman.
Same appears to be the case for what most call their "philosophy".
The real is secondary, and as with surrealism, a hint might be included to insinuate that something about the world is being depicted.
The "thinkers" intelligence is no longer proven, but assumed, as what is presented is gibberish, sold as profound insights.
Having proven no intelligence in describing world, the pretentious "philosopher" goes straight to surrealism, where the absence of genius and talent, can be hidden in a pretentious insinuation of depth and profundity.
If such an "thinker" is clever,m he may sketch (plagiarize) the works of best selling artists, or philosophers, slightly modifying the piece, to hide the fact, and then claim it to be original, and then as with the case of all liars, he may accuse others of plagiarism to preempt the immanent discovery of his ruse.

Clear evidence of his motive can be determined by the conspicuous absence of anything realistic, or something about the world all can witness and judge for themselves...instead we will have to be content with jargon, references in literature, metaphors, deference to famous thinker/artist attempting to gain credibility through association, and of course the obvious peer pressure method of shaming anyone who sees his "work" as nonsensical.

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PostSubject: Re: Philosophy in the Modern Marketplace Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:48 am

What I describe above is best represented in what we call Modern popular "music" or Rap, or cRAP as I call it.
Here we have ex-slaves, sampling, regurgitating, recycling the art of their ex-masters, and then adding a rhyming declarative word-association, where they pronounce themselves masters, by using money, cars, women, as evidence of their "freedom".

Philosophy has become, for the common mind, exactly that.
A sampling of masters, attempting to gain legitimacy, and then a linguistic addition declaring one's own profundity.
In many cases different samples can be synthesized in the same piece of cRap, connected by the verbiage...which is also stolen from their master's traditions.
For example RAP, and rhyme is a rip-off of what in Greece is practiced as Mantinades...in Crete.
Little rhyming prose, expressing an insight or displaying the speakers creativity.
I'm sure there are other such traditions in other cultures.


In cRAP the word-associations are, almost always, about sex, drugs and money...with the "higher" forms tackling social issues, like race and politics in a very simplistic way, more about triggering and impressing than about insight.
The audience claps, admiring the cRapper's ability o speak in rhyme, reaming true to the beat, and to a theme, which is always,a gain, about sex, drugs and money.
So, in fact, about one thing.

Hyper-masculinity as a reaction to emasculation.

In philosophy this same psychosis takes the form of remaining true to the "logic" established through a first supposition, usually as a redefinition or reference to a famous thinker's words - a quote.
The world is insignificant, because all its occurs in the noetic world of human relationship, and sharing human noetic ideas and ideals - emotional bonded memes.

The quote becomes like the sampled melody in cRAp music...a legitimizing reference point that is carried through the entire word-associating cRAP tune.
The "fArtist" adds his word-associations, to claim it as his own, and receives acknowledgment for remaining true to the theme and for remaining true to the "logic" of its presumptions, based on an emotional appeal, to reason.
The audience doesn't care if its gibberish, although the level of the audience is such that this counts as impressive thinking, all that matters is that it is consistent, and that it triggers, in them, a reaction similar to the one being unloaded.
With no external reference , the audience, a with crap art, is a participant in his own delusions. He projects into the fArt his own meanings, covering over the absence of meaning, and the contradictions.
The fArts simplicity lends itself to all levels of complexity, as the audience member can find it in himself, where it is triggered, and then unload it, adding to the fArtists own psychotic unloading.

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PostSubject: Re: Philosophy in the Modern Marketplace Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:03 am

Philosophy: Linguistic Art
Approaching philosophy as a women approaches a clothing store, foraging for aesthetically appealing elements, to mix and match, to stand-out as unique, to wear a garment no other woman owns, is not philosophy.

Approaching philosophy as a wannabe musician approaches music, to become famous, to become rich, to become popular with the ladies, is not philosophy.
Such a man-child learns to be an artist by imitating the ones who successfully, and perhaps accidentally, turned their art into fame and fortune.
They covet the results, and not the process.

In Modern pop-culture this translates to the emergence of performers with a particular appealing, inspiring the fantasy, image.
Other write songs for them, and they perform them on stage, before the crowds.
They have the right look, and whatever lack of talent they were born with can be corrected with technologies and techniques.

The most superficial, base kind of art - appealing to the masses, selling them what they want, what they demand, what they are desperate for.
Selling the image, while denying appearances, because the image is a construct, and therefore so are appearances, no?
A comforting idea for a lonely fat girl who can dream that with the proper grooming she can also become a beautiful performer inspiring people throughout the world.

This is not art, but only the art of deception.  

What does a wannabe degenerate do, when he desires to enjoy accolades and admiration, and to gain fortunes and to have other degenerates throw themselves at him?
He studies the icon who, in his mind, accomplished this, either during his lifetime, or after his death.
He grooms himself, learning the instrument of language, imitating the master's style, sampling verses and melodies from the icon's repertoire.

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Artistry of Deception
When the artist's talent is not evaluated by how he describes a shared reality, then it is evaluated by how he reveals his inner turmoil for the masses to relate to, and those who have neither talent not courage, can share in the expunging of internal demons.
Deception is possible only for the second type, because the first cannot overcome genetic limitations, but can only deceive by copying the works of others, by tracing them and presenting them as his own – a deception that will inevitably be discovered.
The second type can easily deceive because the esoteric is subjective, and all he can accomplish can only be stopped by his innate sense of integrity.
If this resistance to deception is low, he can imitate what has worked in the past – sampling tunes, altering the lyrics, expressing the same sentiments that brought fame and fortune to his admired idols.
His talent will only be how well he can plagiarize and copy and then hide it, from a crowd that hungers for the same.

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PostSubject: Re: Philosophy in the Modern Marketplace Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:26 pm

In the market place of ideas, called philosophy, it all comes down to the end...the consequences.
Just as a product either does or does not accomplish what it promises, with made degrees of success/failure, so too are theories, ideas, either effective, in application or in explaining observable phenomena, or they are not, with the same degrees of success/failure.

Only an intervening entity can corrupt the consequences, of cost/benefit, to then led support to a useless product, or to slander a useful one.

Cost/Benefit is what determines the effectiveness of a product, in this case an idea, a theory, taking into account all attempts to intervene on the results, and to corrupt them - despite them.
Why?
Because no amount of human intervention can stop nature....nature being indifferent to each and every human theory, and attempt to corrupt or 'correct' her processes.
Nature is self-correcting...it only takes time.

Pollution is a byproduct of human intervention no natural balances...and genetic pollution, as we observe in left wing rallies, are also pollution - byproducts of human intervention
upon natural reproduction processes.

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PostSubject: Re: Philosophy in the Modern Marketplace Yesterday at 7:47 am

When you've comodofied ideas you've imposed a censorship by numbers upon it.
The consumer can be manipulated by using human nature, often denied by him. 
Ideas, like goods, can be ignored, not based on merit, but on packaging, on commercial repetition creating a false sense of intimacy - habituation.
A modern consumer approaching philosophical ideas does so as a pleasure seeker - a mind in need, looking for a product, an idea, that will give him a fast, easy, and cheap solution to his problem. 

The provider censors ideas by taking them off the market, or placing them on the back shelves, or up high, away from line of vision, where they can be ignored - product placement.

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