Cyber-philosophy, Feuerbach, & 17 things

Good report presentation yesterday from Anna in CoPhi on Carlin Romano’s discussion of cyber-philosophy & -politics, and in HAP 101 from Solara (“15 Things Happy People Don’t Do“)  and Brenna on biology as destiny (or as Feuerbach said, Der Mensch ist, was er ißt.”

“Foodstuffs become blood; blood becomes heart and brain, the stuff of thought and attitudes. Human fare is the basis of human education and attitudes. If you want to improve the people give it, instead of homilies against sin, better food. Man is what he eats.”

And thinks, and posts? Cyber-philosophers don’t wait for peer review, and “don’t expect to get it right the first time. You keep pluggin‘ away.” Iterate, and reiterate, and so on and so on. You can always go back and rewrite. Meanwhile, get your beta-version demo out there, kinks and all. Many heads are  better than one. In this way, cyber-philosophy is CoPhilosophy. 

Somewhere in Solara’s litany I thought I’d heard mention of another habit of highly happy people: they make it a point to appreciate the aesthetic dimension of everyday experience, the delightful little moments most of us hurry past on our way to school and work. They stop and smell the roses, look at the sky, savor the stars and clouds.

I can’t find that, precisely, in those fifteen items. So make it number #16: happy people do not ignore the ubiquitous daily delights of so-called “ordinary” experience.

And, #17: happy people don’t forget to take a holiday and be grateful for it. Happy Thanksgiving!

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