This workbook is a working draft of some work that might turn into a book. It is in very early stages as I have currently only spent a few hours on it. I decided to post it on the web from the beginning, although I did make an earlier attempt from which I will be able to copy some material, although I find I’m discarding a lot as worthless. I hope that this will keep me active on it, if only through shame at it’s rudimentary state.
Although, decades ago, I was a philosophy grad student, and I have continued to study it informally ever since, this is not a traditional academic work of philosophy, but an attempt to work through my own thoughts about thinking. My Twitter profile claims that I am a “Natural Philosopher”, by which I mean a broad version of philosophy which was used before the Natural Sciences split off from Philosophy proper. I don’t think it is wise to quibble about boundaries between disciplines, so you can expect me to stray into what I know about many other topics along the way.
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Although there will be a book-like hierarchical structure of headings and sub-headings, there will also be extensive cross-links between the pages. The following image shows the intended complete structure at this time. It is an early working draft and I will improve its readability once the structure stabilizes. For those unable to see the complex image, a description in words of the top level follows the image.
There are four main sections. The first is a short introduction. The second introduces a set of thinking tools. The fourth describes a set of human institutions which will be used as context to describe and analyze a set of severe current problems. I have no solutions but I have some suggestions on how we might go about finding solutions.
Next: Introduction; Why Read This