When a lot of people think of Philosophy, they think of a pretentious topic. A topic which will describe how a table is not a table. It certainly has a bad reputation amongst a lot of people. Why though? There is so much knowledge that we can all gain from Philosophy. I think we should pay more attention to it than we currently do.
Around 400BC Heracletus said “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man”. I read this and it makes me wonder if this is truly the first reference to quantum mechanics. In essence, this is saying that once something has been interacted with it is not the same, nor are you. This is very similar to what Schrodinger said. It is quite annoying to read this though, as a lot of physicists attribute quantum mechanics to Schrodinger, Eistein, Max Planck and others. However the idea of it was around centuries before.
Psychology is another science that evolved from Philosophy, I believe it was in the late 1800’s. Over 100 years after and it is only fairly recently we began to perceive Psychology as a science. Even now, people still have their doubts about its validity. Which is great as science should always be questioned, although it should have just as much umph as any other science.
Some people may even think of Philosophy as an art but I see it more along the lines of Algebra. It is about having A, B, and C, and seeing how the relate to each other or finding there origins, or perhaps what they may lead to. I see Philosophy as a subject based on logical theory.
We all have our own philosophical ideas, or opinion, and I believe we should all give respect to each other in regards to them. Just because we have different opinions doesn’t mean I am any more wrong or right than you are. For all we truly know, we could both be right, we just haven’t understood it yet.
The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.
– Nathaniel Branden