I have done a lot of things in this life, but through it all I knew that deep down I was born to be a philosopher. However it has only been since Mid June 2014 that I have started thinking the thoughts that I have wanted to think for so long.
The Theory of Ethical Selection is the sort of thing that I wish I had thought of when I was in grad school long ago; I would have been inspired to stick with it. As it was, I quit because I did not have a thesis topic worthy for the devotion it would require. But now at least I have the ideas that I want; if you want to really understand what I am getting at, read my posts in chronological order. And if there is something that you like or hate, make a comment. If you have your own blog, I will check it out. If not comment on mine. Good luck!
Here is some of my curiculum vitae:
- I grew up in a small town in central Kentucky, the child of creationist Republicans.
- I joined the Army straight out of high school
- I was deployed to Operation Desert Storm with the 82d Airborne Infantry Division.
- I did not see any real combat.
- While there I read the “Bhagavad Gita” and the Homer’s “Illiad”.
- HHC 2/325 AIR
- I then got a bachelor’s in philosophy from Centre College, a liberal arts school in central Kentucky.
- Student body of only ~2000.
- We did not even have a Business program.
- Everyone in the college had to write a paper comparing two different neoclassical statues.
- In one philosophy course, we read Merleau-Ponty’s ‘Phenomenology of Perception’ cover to cover.
- Each day’s reading had to be summarized in at least one typed page.
- I have not gone back to phenomenology since then, but it really opened my eyes up to some deeper levels of thinking.
- During my college years, I spent much of my summers in the woods camping, often alone. I once spent a week and a half alone in the woods.
- I went to the University of Kentucky PhD program in philosophy. but dropped out after one year because I had no ideas for a compelling thesis.
- After this, I went to live at Yogaville in Buckingham, VA. I spent the next two years there as a ‘Karma Yogi’.
- It is an ashram for Integral Yoga.
- It was started and led by the Indian guru who said the opening prayers for Woodstock.
- I got kicked out for no longer being a vegetarian.
- Then I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
- And then Austin, Texas
- And now I’m in Ottawa, where I am an MA candidate in philosophy as Dominican University College, having just submitted a thesis on “Teleology in Empedocles and Aristotle”.
- Among the “Greats” my strongest influences is Aristotle.
- Among living authors, I like Richard Dawkins, Lynn Margulis, David Chalmers, and many others.
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