Why Does Philosophy Become More Dangerous As Society Takes A Turn For The More Challenging? | Zev Weinstein on Crazy Wisdom

Key Takeaways

  • “Philosophy becomes more dangerous at difficult times” Zev Weinstein
    • In hard times, people want direct solutions, not constant questions
  •  None of the labels you give yourself are stable forever
    • Your job, hobbies, and even name can change throughout your life
      • “In these times we can’t have labels because it holds us back” – Zev Weinstein
        • Be aware of the labels you give yourself and know that they can change and don’t let such labels limit you 
  • As science progresses, it becomes more difficult to be unified by belief. Instead, we should unify under truth.
    • “I think it is easier in some ways to be unified under truth because it is universal than it is to be unified under belief which at times can be completely subjective” Zev Weinstein
      • “I think truth is actually safer than belief”
  • A society that doesn’t value facts and science, and abandons logic is a dangerous place
    • “If we can’t trust science or the people who bring science to market, I think we lose the ability to have a true conversation” Zev Weinstein
  • Just because there is an inequality of outcome it doesn’t mean society is unjust. Inequality of outcome doesn’t equal inequality of opportunity.
  • There is a ton of opportunity in America but it’s not available equally:
  • “If you grow up poor, you’re oppressed by capitalism…I’m very for changing that” – Zev Weinstein 

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Books Mentioned

Thoughts on Philosophy

  • “Philosophy becomes more dangerous at difficult times” Zev Weinstein
    • Socrates was admired in Athens until war broke out and the people eventually killed him
      • In hard times, people want direct solutions, not constant questions
  • Our society has begun to discard philosophers, thinkers, and polymaths
    • “We’re much less interested in thinkers” – Zev Weinstein
  • Zev learned a lot about philosophy from the book A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell  

Thoughts on Art

  • Plato hated all forms of art:
    • “Reality is a corruption of an ideal and therefore art is the second corruption of reality so to him it is as corrupt as you can imagine” – Zev Weinstein
  • Francis Bacon viewed poetry as a form of lying to oneself
    • As merchants lie to sell their goods, poets lie to give people pleasure

Be Careful of Labels

  • None of the labels you give yourself are stable forever
    • Your job, hobbies, and even name can change throughout your life
      • “In these times we can’t have labels because it holds us back” – Zev Weinstein
        • Be aware of the labels you give yourself and know they can change; don’t let such labels limit you 

Truth > Belief

  • As science progresses, it becomes more difficult to be unified by belief. Instead, we should unify under truth.
    • “I think it is easier in some ways to be unified under truth because it is universal than it is to be unified under belief which at times can be completely subjective” Zev Weinstein
      • “I think truth is actually safer than belief”
  • Logic is the instrument we use to find the truth
    • A society that doesn’t value facts and science, and abandons logic is a dangerous place
      • “If we can’t trust science or the people who bring science to market, I think we lose the ability to have a true conversation” Zev Weinstein
  • You want to constantly question your beliefs to get closer to the truth 
  • “I think we have a religion of scientism arising” – Stewart Alsop

Inequality of Opportunity vs. Outcome

  • Just because there is an inequality of outcome it doesn’t mean society is unjust. Inequality of outcome doesn’t equal inequality of opportunity.
  • There is a ton of opportunity in America but it’s not available equally:
    • “If you grow up poor, you’re oppressed by capitalism…I’m very for changing that” – Zev Weinstein
  • It’s important to separate inequality of outcome from inequality of opportunity
  • You also have to be careful with the words you use. Some people are talking about Jewish privilege, but people who are Jewish makeup only about .25% of the world population. 
    • “Don’t target people for successfully using capitalism to their advantage” – Zev Weinstein

Additional Notes

  • Is there such a thing as stupid questions?
    • “I think stupid questions are questions which could easily be answered deductible with the information one already has” – Zev Weinstein
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