Saturday, May 14, 2011

Philosophy

I share that aversion to philosophy that seems common to a certain type of physicist - we take Feynman as our guide.  The most interesting subject for philosophy is human nature, and nearly every philosopher felt obliged to take a crack at it.  

Somewhere, I seem to recall, Richard Dawkins said, or quoted, something to the effect that anything written about human nature before 1859 could only be of historical interest.  An exaggeration for effect, but certainly almost everything mysterious about human nature was radically clarified when viewed through the lens of "that mediocre man" (as Nietzsche styled him) Charles Darwin.

Nietzsche himself invented "The Will to Power" as his master principle for life, itself just a slight reworking of S[c*]hopenhauer's "Will to Live".  Schopenhauer was closer in the game of philosophical horseshoes, but Nietzsche was unfortunate enough to write after his master idea was already refuted and superseded.

*Belette insists