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27 October 2012

Did Someone Say Philosophical?

PBS has posted a new video in its Idea YouTube Channel that I'm sharing for the ISOCS Middle School students, who are investigating the concept of Civilization.
As you watch, listen especially for the description of  "home-ness" and "planet-ness" being a "complex interplay between the physical and the metaphysical".  Would you say that the "civilization-ness" could be included in this line of thinking?




Published on Oct 26, 2012 by 
Mike Responds to Michael from VSauce's philosophical question: Are the bacteria and skin cells that live on your body "You"?

Check out VSauce's original question in "A Real No-Brainer" here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3teflb1QNN4&t=6m16s

This is an *extreme* distillation of some really complex and interesting stuff. If you're interested in doing more reading, a bunch of very smart people have tackled this topic. Just a couple of my favorites are:

- Immanuel Kant, The Critique of Pure Reason
- Martin Heidegger, Being and Time
- Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness
- Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (less "self" and more "existence")