The Philosophy Gym
is a book by philosophy professor Stephen Law. The subtitle is
25 short adventures in thinking. It is structured as
25 philosophical questions -- first the question is posed, then
the author (presumably) takes the reader thru a
philosophical/critical thinking crack at the answer. For
example, the first question is Where did the universe come from?.
I say "presumably" because I have not even read the book yet.
I haven't even read any of the questions except the first one.
My goal with this little project is to take a stab at the
questions before reading the philosophy professor's take. I'm
not even sure if the questions can be answered or not.
The intent is to practice critical and rational thinking,
writing, and to inject some of my personal opinions on
interesting topics where appropriate. As Say Anything says,
"I ain't no philosopher", but they say doing this sort of
thing may help ward off Alzheimer's disease, so WTF.
I think the professor's goal was to teach rational thinking
about interesting philosophical questions, I'm gonna try
to do that, but I may make a stab at answering the questions
also. Some of the questions may be offensive. Some of my
writing may be offensive. This whole exercise may be an
abject disaster. Whatever. To me, it is just another sort of
puzzle to work.