Children’s Philosophy Episodes 1 & 2: How a child answers the great questions by… not answering

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A child drawing the world…

About Children’s Philosophy: A series of articles that will show how small children answer the greatest philosophical questions of humanity. Philosophers need to question everything. And in order to do that, one must think as a child again!

One can find wisdom in crazy persons and in children. So that is what I did: I asked the greatest philosophical questions to a seven years old child. And the answers were amazing.

Some of them you can find in various posts hidden in Harmonia Philosophica (e.g. in the There is no death article). This is an attempt to gather the major answers of the child here.

Humans have been pondering on big questions of philosophy for thousands of years now. And yet, no definitive answers have been found. Harmonia Philosophica tries to guide humans to these questions by promoting non thinking and irrationality, for this is the only way to discard all dogmas and think freely. The child provided great input that helps us enhance our faith in the path we have taken.

A child thinks with no premises, no dogmas, no prior knowledge of things. In that way one can say that a child’s thought is more close to non-thinking than to thinking. This way of thinking can be a true revelation for a grown up who is too used to the things he or she already ‘knows’. True philosophers and scientists alike question everything.

Are you ready to stop thinking in order to think?

Let’s see what the child had to say…

Truth puzzle filled in by a child (Brain map: There is no death!)

EPISODE 1: Does death exist?

Truth puzzles are an invention of Harmonia Philosophica that helps someone formulate a ‘solution’ to the great philosophical questions of human mind. In these ‘puzzles’ you have all the basic elements of philosophy and all you have to do is connect them with lines or arrows to indicate their relationships. There are no rules on how to do that and that is the basic rule: there are no predefined rules on how to think!

One can read the Truth Puzzles article here to learn more about that method of philosophical investigation.

Details set aside, what is of interest here is that I have a Truth Puzzle to the child to complete.

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The instructions were simple: My child, take that page and draw lines or arrows between these words.

An important note is that the child did not have English as its mother tongue so it was difficult for it to understand the words, let alone the fact that the child could not in any case be fully aware of the meaning of the words in the Truth Puzzle anyway due to its age.

After a minute the puzzle was completed. And the result was astounding.

What I saw was that…

The child had connected with lines all elements on the page except one: Death!

Besides the importance of the coincidence that the word Death was the only one omitted (Read the ‘There is no death‘ article for that), another important thing we should always keep in mind: There are no rules on how to think! I had thought that one should connect all elements I had written on the page, but the child showed me that this should not be the case!

Lesson learned: There are no rules on thinking! Question everything! Especially the things that you don’t!

That is how philosophy and science progress!

What is Being? – It is a word (!)

EPISODE 2: What is Being?

I once asked a child ‘What is Being?’.

I have the question written on a piece of paper and waited to see how this difficult philosophical question will be tackled by a seven-year old brain.

After a minute, the answer was handed back to be.

“What is Being?” – “A word”

To my astonishment the child answered that “Being” is a word. Thinking in a simple manner is and has always been a trait of wise men and women. And children. Yes, Being is a word. Perhaps the best answer to our great philosophical questions cannot be found through Logos but through the experience of life and existence itself.q

Lesson learned: Don’t think too much about questions that you yourself has invented. Question everything. Especially yourself!

To be continued…

Questions… Hiding the Answers…

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We keep on asking our selves how we can live forever.

We keep trying to find answers on deep philosophical questions for the meaning of life.

We insist on trying to find out what ‘reality’ is.

Only because we are afraid.

To admit that there are no answers to our questions.

We always knew that.

You see, the questions we pose are not here to reveal the answers.

But to conceal them.

For we knew the answers from the moment we thought the questions.

Questions that never existed anyway.

We thought of those questions.

In a void world full of nothing but existence.

How could there be answers to things we ourselves thought of?

Look at the calm lake.

The only reason you are asking so many questions about the waves on its surface.

Is because you want to hide.

The fact that your are the one disturbing its peace…

Oh, humans.

Gods.

Destroyers of the world…

If only you kept silent.

You would hear all the answers…

Inside the void that bred them.

Electricity and memory. Time and timelessness. [Questioning the obvious]

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Electrical stimulation delivered when memory is predicted to fail can improve memory function in the human brain, a team of neuroscientists shows for the first time. That same stimulation generally becomes disruptive when electrical pulses arrive during periods of effective memory function. (1)

We stimulate and see memory improving.

We do thing and see results.

But all our perception is based on the belief in many other notions. For example the notion of time or the notion of change. What does it mean “memory is improved”? It is improved at a specific moment in time. Obvious and yet very complicated. What if the memory of a person is improved but after some time he forgets again? Isn’t that what we all do anyway? Will we say that memory is improved then? No, would be the “obvious” answer. Now what can we say for the “improvement” of memory in humans who will anyway die after some years? Not so obvious now is it?

What does it mean that the “memory of a person” is improved? Is it the same person always? Do we remain the “same” even after major changes (like not remembering anything) happen to us? If we change and yet remain the same person, then it is like saying that the notion of change exists for a person but at the same time it does not: If change means nothing for the person itself, then the person does not… change! Weird huh?

Question the obvious and you will see that you remember everything.

Because there is nothing to remember.

All questions entail time. And death.

This is obvious.

Forget everything and you will see…

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