David Birch discusses some of the ideas in Pandora’s Book: 401 Philosophical Questions to Help You Lose Your Mind (With Answers).
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Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. Although generally considered an academic discipline, all of us at some point in our lives engage in philosophical reflection, often in times of change or crisis. This turn inward sees the mental bandwidth normally occupied by everyday banalities given to thoughts of meaning and purpose in life, and may result in profound personal growth. However, mainstream education, committed as it is to churning out obedient workers and compliant consumers, does not encourage deep meditation on life’s big questions. If it did, few of us would be living the lives we now lead.
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