See “Is Big Data Our Friend?” http://buff.ly/1bq2t11
Under the influence of Charles Sanders Peirce, I launched an idea called Triadic Philosophy. It is summarized in the Kindle book Triadic Philosophy 100 Aphorisms . A free sample can be accessed by clicking Look Inside. Triadic Philosophy grew intoseveral more books outlining specific methods of triadic meditation and thinking. “Open Source Individuals” is among several follow-up texts that examine expressions of, and propose actions related to, triadic thought.
How To Be Number One
As we say in NYC fugeddaboutit. Really, there is no surefire way to be first save one. Or two steps that add up to one. First, forget about it. And then figure out what you are really up to. Not that you broadcast to the world. But what are you really care about. Strip it down. Get as close as you can.
Here’s a prompt which has the merit of being all certified, good values.
If you embrace all of these values you will be on your way to knowing what the coaches out there call your passion or your niche.
I would not want to leave you empty-handed so let me offer you a small viaticum for your journey.
> Whatever you do include writing. You can be a writer. Trust me. I will write a primer on this at some point, but you need little more than the following assurances. Writing honestly about any experience will interest more people than you might imagine. Using free online means of getting the word out is the best road to take. The best way to learn your own craft is to read good writers.
> No matter what you do embrace a cause. You’re a social being. You know good values. Take up a cause. It can be broad or narrow, local or global. It may turn out to be your main thing. Whatever it is, if it promotes tolerance, if it enables others and if it expands democracy, then sieze it and make it your own. Start a group. Join one. Go online with it. And whatever you do, don’t call it a cause. Be known by what you do.
> Finally, by any and all means, master an art. Whatever it is. It could be making cupcakes. It could be doing graphics of any sort. It could be building things. If you master an art, you have a potential job. a possible income stream and most likely a marketable skill. You may become preeminent in what you do. You never know.
You may find your an answer in any one of these tidbits. Or you may, as I urge, put these in a knapsack to carry with you on your journey so you can one day say, “I’m an artist, a writer and I work on …” whatever your cause turns out to be.
A truly open source individual will so venerate others in the same field that she or he will not care about being number one. There is no number one anything anyway. Number one is a child you will never know. Number one an elder somewhere you will never go.
If you follow the stripped-down, minimal advice here, and avoid eight million voices that want you to do or be this or that, you will be ahead of the game. And you can tell yourself you’re already on the way to being number one.
“34. Mr. George Henry Lewes in his work on Aristotle †1 seems to me to have come pretty near to stating the true cause of the success of modern science when he has said that it was verification. I should express it in this way: modern students of science have been successful because they have spent their lives not in their libraries and museums but in their laboratories and in the field; and while in their laboratories and in the field they have been not gazing on nature with a vacant eye, that is, in passive perception unassisted by thought, but have been observing — that is, perceiving by the aid of analysis — and testing suggestions of theories. The cause of their success has been that the motive which has carried them to the laboratory and the field has been a craving to know how things really were, and an interest in finding out whether or not general propositions actually held good — which has overbalanced all prejudice, all vanity, and all passion. Now it is plainly not an essential part of this method in general that the tests were made by the observation of natural objects. For the immense progress which modern mathematics has made is also to be explained by the same intense interest in testing general propositions by particular cases — only the tests were applied by means of particular demonstrations. This is observation, still, for as the great mathematician Gauss has declared — algebra is a science of the eye,†2 only it is observation of artificial objects and of a highly recondite character. Now this same unwearied interest in testing general propositions is what produced those long rows of folios of the schoolmen, and if the test which they employed is of only limited validity so that they could not unhampered go on indefinitely to further discoveries, yet the spirit, which is the most essential thing — the motive, was nearly the same. And how different this spirit is from that of the major part, though not all, of modern philosophers — even of those who have called themselves empirical, no man who is actuated by it can fail to perceive.”(Peirce: CP 1.35)
“642. It is notoriously true that into whatever you do not put your whole heart and soul in that you will not have much success. Now, the two masters, theory and practice, you cannot serve. That perfect balance of attention which is requisite for observing the system of things is utterly lost if human desires intervene, and all the more so the higher and holier those desires may be.” (Peirce: CP 1.643)
“224. … only make a man really see that a certain line of conduct is wrong, and he will make a strong endeavor to do the right thing — be he thief, gambler, or even a logician or moral philosopher. … (Peirce: CP 2.225 )
Open Source Individuals Aphorisms
Open Source individuals wish to be satisfied at all times and know
this when they are satisfied.
Open Source Individuals draw from everything and look down on nothing.
Open Source Individuals are scientists of the spirit.