Who is Ulrich de Balbian and what do you do?I am in my sixties, born of a German mother and Dutch-French father.https://youtu.be/xD7tC8Hmjpk I lived and studied in a number of countries, including Great Britain, France, Germany and Spain.I have doctorates in Philosophy and Theology and qualifications in Social Science and Fine Art.When i was young I did sociological research in South Africa, so I know certain areas, of this vast and very diverse (culturally and geographically) country.I worked as an academic (philosophy, art and world religions) so that I did not have to be dependent on the Art Industry for a living. Through philosophy I reflected deeply on many aspects of existence, including culture and more specially art, and the Western painting genre.I specify Western as it is very different from the painting traditions from Asia, China, India, Arabic countries, etc. http://sacreativenetwork.co.za/2012/06/in-depth-chat-with-inspiring-painter-ulrich-de-balbian/ As social scientist and philosopher (I published fifteen books in that discipline, two in theology and others) researched socio-cultural aspects of art , for example the code of the discourse or socio-cultural; practice of Western Painting. As well as the Art Industry and Market. Many people interested in art and artists do not realize that the centre of the Art Market has shifted from the West (1) US, 2) UK, 3) France, 4) Germany) to Asia (1)China, 2)Taiwan, 3)Hong Kong, 4) Korea, 5)Singapore). Major Art Fairs and Biennales are held in those countries and Private Collectors built their own museums, as there used to be few national museums as in the west. Those private museum collections can compare with the best national Museums in the West. I mention the art Market and Industry as I question the traditional system of commercial galleries, auctions and the influence of billionaire collectors on the price of works of art. I am a maverick and rebel as far as these things are concerned and i am not allowing them to control my type of work. Too many artists, similar to the rest of the popular entertainment industry, felt the need to produce sensational work, so as to be noticed. I never was dependent on the art industry as I had other spruces of income as academic. I retired at forty from that so as to work full time on my art, and writing.
Letter to a friend : Creative Thinking and Intuition Letter to a friend about creative thinking and intuition (art, writing, philosophy, science, etc) with my paintings, https://www.academia.edu/31524158/Letter_to_a_friend_ON_Creative_Thinking_and_Intuition
(Meta-Philosophy) Limits of Philosophy(izing)1The reasons why I explore the nature and the limits of philosophy/izing -it is and has always been my passion since a small child, that what gives meaning to my life and made me who I am, without love for Sophos/wisdom I could not exist. This is partly so because of my nurturing/upbringing (200% honest and sincer parents) and nature (my brain and personality-type). It is the (first) love of my life, followed by visual arts, social sciences, mathematics, astrophysics and some other sciences.2As I live FOR (and not like professional philosophers OFF) philosophy I need to identify, conceptualize and enquire about the seemingly mysterious (see Heidegger, Nietzsche et al) nature of philosophy and the lack of identifying what the nature, the subject-matter and the methods of philosophy and tacit, often negative or misleading assumptioms concerning these things, are. It seems, from what they present to us, that philosophers lack meta-cognition of the discipline and the execution of this socio-cultural practice. https://www.academia.edu/31511435/Nature_and_Limits_of_philosophy_izing_only_2_Pages_3 Instead of dealing with these essential ‘prolegomena’ philosophers dive directly into the doing of what seems to resemble philosophizing. One of the illnesses they suffer from, often without them being aware of it, is -isms. Instead of reflecting on what they do they merely repeat the limitations, like a horse’s blindfold, and draw out the implications of someone’s elses already existing -ism or the development of their own. Most people are aware of some form of -ism and often criticize politicians (and Presidents! for subscribing to them) for -isms such as racism, corruptionism, misogynism, etc – if they were to look at their own thinking and behaviour they will see the many -isms their own attitudes reveal. Google the Book of isms for this or see this publication of mine for a FREE download: https://www.academia.edu/31495642/_Meta-Philosophy_Meta-Cognition_and_Critique_of_Doing_PhilosophizingInstead of merely doing philosophy in a simple manner as possible one sees how philosophers become entwined in the restrictions of their own mixture of implicit and explicit -isms and in the process fabricate all sorts of neologisms and technical terms to create new ideas, things and processes to try and set themselves free from the dark hole they create and dig themselves into always more deeper. See examples of this in the above book concerning the issue of the mind-body problem. Certain philosophers have problems with the nature and the meaning of the concept of mind, others with the notion of body and then of course how to relate and/or reduce or explain the one to or from the other. In the process we find endless, more and more microscopically detailed -isms that are meant to refer to and/or create all sorts of fabricated organs, matter, ideas, processe, phenomena etc – and in the process creating and spelling out the details of the -ism that determines, underlies and direct their cognitively biased thinking.4This brings us to the second self-imposed limitations on philosophy by philosophers namely Cognitive Bias. I added an Appendix on Cognitive Bias, some of the different types and how the operate in misleading ways here (another FREE download book): https://www.academia.edu/31276710/_Meta-Philosophy_Philosophers_and_their_lack_of_Meta-Cognition The include – Bias arises from various processes that are sometimes difficult to distinguish. These include information-processing shortcuts (heuristics) noisy information processing (distortions in the process of storage in and retrieval from memory) the brain’s limited information processing capacity emotional and moral motivations social influencehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_biasBiases can be distinguished on a number of dimensions. For example, there are biases specific to groups (such as the risky shift) as well as biases at the individual level. Some biases affect decision-making, where the desirability of options has to be considered (e.g., sunk costs fallacy). Others such as illusory correlation affect judgment of how likely something is, or of whether one thing is the cause of another. A distinctive class of biases affect memory, such as consistency bias (remembering one’s past attitudes and behavior as more similar to one’s present attitudes.http://www.cognitivebiasparade.com/http://www.williamjames.com/Science/ERR.htmhttps://www.scribd.com/doc/30548590/Cognitive-Biases-A-Visual-Study-Guidehttps://www.wired.com/2017/02/cognitive-bias-president-trump-understands-better/http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2017/01/kahneman-biases-act-like-optical-illusions.htmlhttp://rationalwiki.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biasesFour problems that biases help us address: Information overload, lack of meaning, the need to act fast, and how to know what needs to be remembered for later. Inf
NON-PHILOSOPHY OF THE ONE Turning away from Philosophy of Being towards Non-Philosophy! the intersubjectivity of Sophos& THE ONE and the Real Self. Famous Mystics from many religions. FREE BOOK written by myself https://www.academia.edu/30704161/NON-PHILOSOPHY_OF_THE_ONE_Turning_away_from_Philosophy_of_Being
My Book FREE (Meta-Philosophy) DOING PHILOSOPIZINGMy new book is HERE for download:https://www.academia.edu/31495642/_Meta-Philosophy_Meta-Cognition_and_Critique_of_Doing_PhilosophizingMy own discussions or ‘philosophizing’ follow right at the end after the numerous and very lengthy quotes from philosophers. The nature of the subject-matter of philosophy, the methodology, methods, techniques and tools of doing philosophy or philosophizing, the nature of the different steps or stages of the process/es of theorizing, the fact that doing philosophy are some of the stages of theorizing, the fact that philosophers lack meta-cognition and/or meta-reflection of these things. If they had awareness of what and how they are doing philosophy they might not become involved in quibbling over concepts and the differentiations of these concepts. It is as if philosophers are blind to what they are doing and have been doing for thousands of years, with the result that they continue repeating the same thing – arguing with words over the use of words and in the process creating more and more –isms. They are seemingly unable to escape from such –isms and their implications. Instead of getting or going anywhere they way they conceive (of) problems and express their questions they end up with conceiving of notions that cannot be solved or dissolved. They enclose themselves in an insular world or bubble of their own making, compared to sciences investigating humans and the different features and systems of the human body who find irrelevant the problems that philosophers have with things such as the brain, cognition, mind, consciousness, perception, thinking, etc. Sciences deal with these things on many levels and multi-dimensional while philosophers try to restrict them to a single level in one dimension by their words and the way they use those words. Consequently they lose sight of their objects and are unable to question them or express questions about them in a meaningful manner.In my articles and books on the subject-matter I dealt with the traditional branches of philosophy and that with the differentiation of other disciplines and discourses the discourse of philosophy lost subject-matter. I mentioned newer areas of ‘philosophy’, such as X-Phi, Philosophy’s interdisciplinary involvement in for example cognitive sciences, that there exists a philosophy of every discipline possible (eg philosophy of science, art, music, sport, social sciences, etc), that discourses such as Logic, Critical Thinking, Argumentation and argument maps, Reasoning, etc are relevant to and employed by many if not all disciplines and many discourses and are not uniquely subject-matter of the discourse of philosophy and does not have to form part of or be taught as subject-matter of philosophy.I identified and discussed the methodology, methods, techniques and tools of doing philosophy and some underlying or implicit transcendentals such as pre-suppositions, suppositions and assumptions. I explore the nature of the different features, aspects, characteristics, steps and stages of the processes of theorizing. I showed that doing philosophy or philosophizing employ and/or consist of some of these features, steps and stages of theorizing.As I involuntary have (am), seemingly endless (a stream of consciousness like) philosophically- (question or problem and insight) related ‘intuitions’, it is difficult, painful and frustrating to me for that to be interrupted by social interaction, talking to people, phones, executing all sorts of mundane activities, etc. To understand or cope with this ‘mental state’ is one of the reasons why I need to explore meta-cognition or thinking about thinking, especially one’s own thinking and related ‘activities’.
My new book for FREE download. I am in the top 0.5% for downloads at Academic.edu and belong to a group of academics offering our work for FREE as publishers charge too much for books.https://www.academia.edu/31251026/_Meta-Philosophy_Philosophers_and_their_lack_of_Meta-Cognition(Meta-Philosophy) Philosophers and their lack of Meta-cognitionPhilosopher think about your own thinkingABSTRACTI explore the meta-cognitive nature, tools, self-reflection of philosophers and in so doing present the Socratic Method, Critical Thinking, Cognitive Bias/es and Fallacies. The first do are dealt with in the text, lists of types of the last two are found in the Appendix, as well as a number of diagrams and data the reader must try to look at and digest in his/her own way.Buster Benson sums up causes of or reasons for cognitive bias as: too much information (data bombardment), not enough meaning (making sense), constraint by time and information (time and data limitations) and what to remember (selective memory) - my words in (brackets). https://betterhumans.coach.me/cognitive-bias-cheat-sheet-55a472476b18#.ah90rpmw3Everyone, including philosophers have cognitive survival techniques to cope with these things and consequently developed individual coping mechanisms (for example crutch ideas: mine are meta-philosophy, -cognition, multiverse and intersubjectivity – or reflecting on everything and how I do this in a multiverse by means of intersubjective tools). How do and did philosophers cope and what are their individual cognitive biases, of which they usually are unaware (thus showing a lack of meta-cognition and limited self-reflection)? What are the consequences of this for the socio-cultural practice, discipline and discourse of philosophy and the doing of philosophy or philosophizing?
In the top 1% of academics, books and articles on Academia.EduI belong to a group of academics offering our work for FREE download as commercial publishers charge too much for books. https://www.academia.edu/31100450/_Meta-philosophy_Where_to_begin_Philosophy_NEWER_versionIf you wish to think/write about many dimensional things like the ‘world’, persons, consciousness, human thinking etc, you should at least think multi-dimensional and many levelled.Questioning the purpose, the subject-matter and the methodology, methods of the discipline. I have already dealt in detail about the disappearance of different subject from the philosophical discourse with the differentiation of other disciplines, as well as the involvement in philosophy in inter-disciplinary areas such as cognitive sciences, the creation of experimental philosophy and the philosophies of other discourses, eg art, religion, science, mathematics, sport and every subject possible. Philosophy has/is often interpreted as consisting of logic, which in has its own discourse, while other aspects or forms of logic really form part of mathematics. The doing of philosophy as the doing of (usually informal) logic is in some way related to this belief. As far as the method of philosophy goes, it is always seen as employing arguments, argumentation and reasoning. But all kinds of writing and talking employ arguments, argumentation, reasoning and informal logic – not just philosophy. I conclude with a discussion from theoretical physics (in the past associated with the philosophical discourse) that provides us with ontologies as philosophy used to do. Against that background I present articles on the multiverse, more conventional articles on our universe, our world, our physical reality and the origins of life. I think these are some of the many things that it is necessary that philosophy should take note of and consequently question itself, its aims, objectives, subject-matter and methodologies. We might then have something different than one-levelled and one-dimensional thinking and more many layered and levelled and multi-dimensional thinking. Is this not how our consciousness functions? On many levels, layers and dimensions simultaneously? So should this not be the manner in which we conceive of ‘it’, its nature and functioning? We, philosophy, should at least be thinking ( instead of individual concepts, or statements, linear thinking – we should simultaneously think on many layers, on many levels and in several dimensions) in terms of 3D, for example 3D scatter plots .By this I mean the many different aspects of the person (mentally and physically, socially, culturally, as well as our environment, planetary and universe context should be included in every concept we employ; each concept should therefore be at least like a 3D scatter plot image, including all these levels and information)