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NoetiTaoist™ Philosophy Primer—Part II

November 21, 2015

When posting “NoetiTaoist™ Philosophy Primer—Part I,” way back in March of 2014, I expected Part II to follow within a few weeks. However, since my research and writing follows the path of least resistance, my muse often has surprises in store that lead me via breadcrumb synchronicities down paths completely unanticipated. A corollary to Bob Dylan’s “…if it comes, it comes; if it won’t it won’t,” I say: When it comes, it comes; everything arrives in its time. The point being: Inspiration, like entering Heaven, cannot be achieved by force. “First things first, but not necessarily in that order,” is an amusing yet profound Dr. Who quote the truth of which is evidenced by this Part because as “everything arrives in its time” it does not necessarily arrive in the sequenced order expected. In an eventual book this Part II will likely be the Introduction.

As a non-famous person—and, more importantly, as a non-famous person without a boss—no one is demanding any particular direction for my creative performance, which is a great blessing. The creative spirit requires breathing room, and autonomy is the air that spirit breathes. Where (or when) would Dr. Who be without it? He would be in the place where we find even most full-time philosophers today: up Daleks Creek without a Tardis key.

A recent survey of select philosophers from around the world—philosophers operating with limited autonomy—sought answers to a series of reasonable questions about their profession. PluribusOne™ has reworded the questions for this post, and it needs to be further stated that our commentary represents solely our interpretation and homogenization of the philosophers’ responses (a proprietary analytical process intended to illuminate the ostensible state of philosophy today while also avoiding any appearance of intention to criticize particular organizations or bruise egos).

The questions:

• What is philosophy?
• What is the importance of philosophy?
• What, globally, is humanity’s biggest challenge?
• What do you aim to achieve with your work?
• What is the meaning of Life?

Responses to the first question: “What is philosophy?” defined philosophy in terms of actions related to tasks assigned to Philosophy as determined by prescribed assumptions about how philosophy should work and what it should accomplish. A general concept or actual definition of philosophy was not in evidence. Should philosophy be defined primarily in terms of “why” it is useful and “how” it is used? The question: What is philosophy? was unanswered, sidestepped.

PluribusOne™’s response: Philosophy is a way of knowledge, a way to assemble Reality. A “philosopher” who is not doing that is not really a philosopher. For example, not every critic of government is a philosopher, nor is every professor of Philosophy inherently a philosopher. NoetiTaoism™ is the philosophy that emerged from out of foundational applications of our Noetitek™ system. As discussed in our June, 2014 post: “Renaissance Philosophy,” the Noetitek™ system reflects the primal principles of Nature and supports a whole-brained approach to knowledge and understanding by yoking logic and illumination, reasoning and revelation. The physical and the metaphysical are conjoined; perception and creation are two sides of the same reality coin. What humans experience—what we receive as individuals and as a species—is synchronous with what we generate.

The second question: “What is the importance of philosophy?” precipitated responses that reflected the attitude that philosophy is useful as an instrument for engineering possibly productive intellectual argumentation and political policy confrontations toward fostering societal adjustments to serve pre-established ideas about right thinking, personal responsibility, and social order. Is philosophy’s importance mainly related to social engineering?

PluribusOne™’s response: The importance of philosophy is that it is the vehicle for articulating and understanding the invisible foundation of the Reality that we continuously assemble with varying degrees of awareness. That foundation has a definite structure traceable topologically from symbolic/metaphorical materiality to the primal and omnipresent principles of the underlying Real. NoetiTaoism™, unlike philosophy as generally apprehended by academia and beyond, incorporates art, science, religion, and “magic.”

Question three: What, globally, is humanity’s biggest challenge? evoked responses indicating that today’s mainstream philosophers correctly recognize that the biggest challenge facing humanity is, in our synopsizing words: to gain greater awareness of the self and the deep connectedness among all people toward the advancement of humanity as a constructively interactive whole. Another way to express what they seem to be saying is: “We have met the enemy and it is us,” which is valid but no revelation. The challenge is always us.

PluribusOne™’s response: We substantially share the mainstream philosophers’ perception of humanity’s biggest challenge, but instead of endlessly dialoguing and examining issues toward some consensus of uncertainty aimed at nebulous tentative expectations, PluribusOne™ is addressing that challenge autonomously and definitively by using the knowledge base and meta-tools developed by the Noetitek™ Intelligence Augmentation (IA) system to pursue the mission established for our new science of Enhanced Human Perception™—i.e., we have accepted the challenge by moving in the clear science-based direction provided by the philosophy of NoetiTaoism™.

Question four: What do you aim to achieve with your work? precipitated responses indicating an overall lack of purpose and focus and a lack of apparent hope for finding that. Our general assessment may seem harsh but even with respect to the philosophy pertinent to specific domains, such as Medicine, there is no macro-organizing guiding light. Despite diligent efforts on the part of some philosophers of medicine, the effort suffers from “institutional dispersion.”

PluribusOne™’s response: Because we have a clear understanding of what philosophy is, why it is important, and what it can achieve, along with a solid grasp of the principles of Nature as well as the nature of the biggest challenge, we have a viable vision for the future of humanity. And because Noetitek™ is applicable to every field of human endeavor, we have been able to establish groundwork for movement toward the achievement of that vision in a way that excludes no domain.

Question five: What is the meaning of Life? produced responses making it obvious that mainstream philosophers lack an understanding of what it means to be alive in the most fundamental sense, in a way other than as hinted at in tribal myths or as dumbly defined by mainstream science. They seem to confuse the meaning of life with purposes and practices imposed on people by their cultures and with agendas relating to controlling behavior and producing various kinds of works. The question: What is the meaning of life? was not actually addressed let alone answered in something more than what amounts to saying: The meaning of life is to explore the meaning of life—a statement that supplies an insight into the intellectual wheel-spinning.

PluribusOne™’s response: The meaning of life is unequivocally knowable, and that Knowledge is indispensable because it is the keystone of Reality as perceivable by human beings. Thanks to validated insights that led to and emerged from the development of the Noetitek™ system, and of NoetiTaoism™, this is no longer a mystery. See our May, 2012 post: “The Meaning of Life,” and appended comments. We have met the ally, and it is us.