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Philosophy Hijacked by ‘Age of Competition’

“…the increase of human power over nature has become completely automatic, uncontrollable and blind, because it everywhere exceeds the conscious will of individual. And , this is, quite simply, the inevitable result of competition. In which sense, contrary to the philosophy of Enlightenment, which aimed at emancipation and human happiness, technology is well and truly a process without purpose, devoid of any objectives:ultimately, nobody knows any longer the direction in which the world is moving, because it is automatically governed by competition and in no sense directed by conscious will of men collectively united behind a project…”

[ ‘A Brief History of Thought’ by Luc Ferry]

Normality (Jon Ronson)

There is no evidence that we’ve been placed on this planet to be especially happy or especially normal. And in fact our unhappiness and our strangeness, our anxieties and compulsions, those least fashionable aspects of our personalities, are quite often what lead us to do rather interesting things.

Jon Ronson in The Psychopath Test – Journey into the Madness Industry

Psyche : After Death ? (Karl Popper 1902-1994)

Finally , of course we come to the ultimate picture, what happens in death? Then all cerebral activity ceases permanently. The self-conscious mind that has had an autonomous existence in a sense…now finds that the brain it had scanned and probed and controlled so efficiently and effectively through a long life is no longer giving any message at all. What happens then is the ultimate question

(Karl Popper and John Eccles, The Self and Its Brain, London: Routledge Publishers, 1990, pp.372)
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