Prof MM Pant’s mission: on ‘ Rational Thinking’
On World Philosophy Day 2022, (an International Day proclaimed by UNESCO to be celebrated every 3rd Thursday of November ) which falls this year on Thursday 17th November 2022, I will share some thoughts on’ Rational Thinking’ through WhatsApp. This has been influenced by the great Philosopher Voltaire’s comment that ‘no problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking’. I will be making my posts from approximately 7am to 8am, and members of the WhatsApp group “ Philosophy Matters” can view them anytime that suits their convenience. This is a great feature of ‘a-synchronous communication’. The posts will remain with you until you delete them. The posts will most often be in the form of text messages by me, some audio clips from me, occasionally images of PowerPoint slides created by me that you are used to seeing in a traditional lecture and sometimes links to videos or articles of others. All in all, an unusual delightful experience. Not merely passively listening to lectures, but actively participating in the learning process. If you have a thought to share, a question that arises or a comment to make on any post from any member of the group, just go ahead and post it to the group. If I can respond immediately without drifting from the main narrative, then I will respond promptly. Else, I will compile these and post my responses later. This will be an experience that expands intellectual horizons and encourages independent thinking.
In this age of Big Data, AI and machine learning, it seems that it is the oldest subject that may really guide us in creating the future that we should want.
In Act 1 Scene 5 of Shakespeare’s play Hamlet,Hamlet says to his friend: “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.”: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Philosophy (from Greek φιλοσοφία, philosophia, ‘love of wisdom’), according to Wikipedia is the systematized study of general and fundamental questions, such as those about existence, reason, knowledge, values, mind and language. Such questions are often posed as problems to be studied or resolved.
The sequence and flow of the topics for my posts for this session will be:
1: The World Philosophy Day?
2: Why learn Philosophy
3: Significance of Philosophy at different stages of life
4: India’s contribution to World Philosophy
5: Philosophy in the age of Artificial Intelligence
6: The Philosophy of the Quantum world
7: Philosophy as vaccination against stupidity
8: Prof MM Pant’s mission on ‘ Rational Thinking’
9: On active learning, not lectures
10: Resources for further exploration
I will do this in the WhatsApp group “ Philosophy Matters”.
There is no fee for joining this event.
Use this invitation link to join my WhatsApp group “ Philosophy Matters” : https://chat.whatsapp.com/HCftmANxPM76YERzKCieAf