Xcogitate - 2nd Edition: An Introduction to the Examined Life

Xcogitate - 2nd Edition: An Introduction to the Examined Life

by David G Payne

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Xcogitate - 2nd Edition: An Introduction to the Examined Life by David G Payne

Modern neuroscience, in describing the way our brain processes our sensory inputs, has transformed the way we see ourselves in relation to the world. This demands a radical reevaluation of traditional philosophical topics. In this text I attempt to outline a modern methodology which emphasizes the importance of theory in our lives. Theorizing is a liberating concept that allows us to articulate ourselves more carefully and more fully than ever before. It connects us with every living and non-living thing in the world, and emphasizes in particular our connections with other humans via empathy and reciprocal altruism. In short, the destruction of our old safely anchored conception of the world is the best thing that ever happened to us, but we must reflect upon our lives in light of these changes in order to take advantage of them. This text is designed to help you begin this process of self-examination by explaining, in ordinary language, how we experience the world, process that experience, and what this means to us in our everyday life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492235477
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/14/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 404
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Despite his youthful appearance, David Payne was in fact born over half a century ago in Leesburg, Florida. As an infant he mewled and puked in his mother's arms. As a schoolboy with shining morning face he crept, snail-like, to school, book satchel in hand, an unwilling scholar. But time changes all, and he eventually battled his way through academia, jealous in honor and quick to quarrel, seeking a reputation in philosophy and ancient literature. He deems himself lucky that he found his way to Petoskey Michigan and North Central Michigan College, where, spectacles on nose, he pipes and whistles to inattentive ears. Now, approaching oblivion (sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything), he immerses himself in abortion research, game theory, and other quandries of the human condition. He loves teaching and writing. He loves mountain biking and skate skiing with his wife. And he basks in the knowledge that his tale, in the end, for all its sound and fury, signifies nothing.

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