Intro to ‘The (Tech)nically Appropriate Philosopher’
Hello world, welcome to the newest publication on Medium: The (Tech)nically Appropriate Philosopher
My name is Jonathan Kendall and I am an editor of this publication. My goal for creating this publication is to introduce people to new ideas from the two subjects that I know will transform the world and really impact everything we do. From the deep questions we ask ourselves, to the ideas that we digest like pigs, to the ideas that stick with us, and the ways in which we share these ideas, philosophy and technology drastically impact each and every part of our lives.
No matter what your beliefs are, you have them. Even the casual atheist knows a thing or two about what NOT to believe in. This publication will help you to sort through some philosophical ideas that define some of our core beliefs. To be frank, I still don’t know what to believe in.
It’s really a position that I think we should maintain for as long as possible. I call it keeping an open mind. It’s quite a novel concept, I know, but one that I think too many people don’t maintain (either consciously or subconsciously.) Keeping an open mind to different ideas from different cultures allows us to ascertain the truth. The commonalities that we see across religions, the emerging frontiers of science, and our empirical observations provide us with enough information to update our Bayesian probabilities accordingly. Seems like an easy enough ask right? Yet, a majority of our world and country can’t do it. We simply will not accept change or think for ourselves.
Just wait a little and the facts will change. I will then update my beliefs accordingly, what will you do when they change?
The philosophical and social science component of this publication will focus on helping you refine and update your Bayesian probabilities and realize that we cannot really know anything for certain (Descartes says at the very least we know that we are thinking things). Or do we already know everything and it’s just a matter of remembering our lost knowledge, according to Plato and his theory of innate ideas? Either way, we must question the nature of all things, even our reality, in search for truth and meaning in our lives. In the end, we all tell ourselves different stories; stories are the way that we process reality. The role of the philosopher is to connect these dots and come to a more fundamental understanding of it all.
For the Technology portion of the publication, writers (most often myself, at least in the early days) will provide you with a look at the newest technology start-ups, venture capital and angel investing, and how we can use technology as a way to develop and improve our lives. Whether you want to improve your daily routine, your thought loops, your emotional well-being, or just make your life easier and more efficient, technology and innovation can (or will be able to) solve that. That’s a lot to take in. No kind of species that we know of has had it this easy. What we turn our attention to and how we prioritize problems will determine our future.
Combining the Two
When people stumble across a publication like this, they may not see the connection between technology and philosophy. Most people associate philosophy with people like Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, and the other ancient Greeks. Meanwhile, our first thoughts when someone says “technology” is usually an iPhone or some type of product/service from companies like Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, etc. Yet, new technologies have existed since we first began to innovate and iterate; technology is really just applying scientific knowledge and common sense for practical purposes. Similarly, philosophy is the study of knowledge and experience, but more so on a theoretical basis.
Combine the two and what do we get? Theoretical science? Philosophy of technology? Philosophy of science?
Yes, but while these are all worthwhile and interesting topics (some of which will be discussed in more depth) the focus of this publication will be on theoretical technology, investing in this technology, and understanding life as we know it. How do these things impact one another and how much value should we put on our future?
The future is the least tangible and comprehendible, but is what we crave the most. Have you ever felt like your entire life was building up towards something? Maybe not. Maybe you are an incredibly grounded person who lives in the present constantly. I predict that’s not always the case. As Descartes said, we are thinking things and thinking involves the past and imagining the future. We study the past, updating with new information in the present to give us a better sense of…the future.
The present moment is here only briefly. Every next moment is the future. If we can’t be certain that the past ever existed, knowing that our memories are flawed, and we don’t yet know the future, then the present must be the only thing we do know.
And with every second the future transitions into the present. Our lives are building up and preparing each moment for whatever the fuck comes next.
The future is a general term, that makes us imagine our place in this hypothetical “future.” Yet, if we try to remove our egos from the future, where does that leave us? Let’s try to imagine a better future for the world. Not all of us. Take yourself out of it. Take your wants, desires, memories, and preconceived biases out of the picture. Put yourself behind Rawls’ veil of ignorance and create a future for the human race. Where do we end up in 5 years? 10 years? 25 years? 200 years? This seems like a long period of time, but considering all things astronomical, it’s the blink of an eye. Blink again and this time will be gone. The future will be the present and then even faster, the past.
Time won’t stop. So how do we put ourselves outside of time and society to give us a third person perspective of where we have been, where we are, and where we are going (and more importantly want to go)?
We theorize on the future of technology.
AND. HERE. WE. GO!
If you are interested in contributing to this publication please reach out to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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