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(The Atlantic)   Now that we have science, do we truly need philosophy? Well, we do need philosophy majors; otherwise, who would staff our Starbucks, our Buffalo Wild Wings, and our Barnes & Nobles?   ( theatlantic.com) divider line
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2014-03-29 09:26:13 PM  
6 votes:

jake_lex: As a philosophy major, I am not getting a kick out of these replies.

Or are you?
2014-03-29 10:02:19 PM  
3 votes:
Unemployment office clerk: "Occupation?"

Unemployed guy: "Standup philosopher!"

Clerk: "What?"

Unemployed guy: "Standup philosopher. I coalesce the vapor of human experience into a viable and logical comprehension."

Office clerk: "Oh, a bullshiat artist."
2014-03-29 09:43:51 PM  
3 votes:
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Soul patches.  We only need more soul patches.
2014-03-30 12:01:00 AM  
2 votes:
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Dole Office Clerk: Occupation?
Comicus: Stand-up philosopher.
Dole Office Clerk: What?
Comicus: Stand-up philosopher. I coalesce the vapors of human experience into a viable and meaningful comprehension.
Dole Office Clerk: Oh, a *bullshiat* artist!
Comicus: *Grumble*...
Dole Office Clerk: Did you bullshiat last week?
Comicus: No.
Dole Office Clerk: Did you *try* to bullshiat last week?
Comicus: Yes!
2014-03-29 11:09:38 PM  
2 votes:
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2014-03-29 09:52:31 PM  
2 votes:
philosophy is cornerstone, just like science or math.

do we truly need it?

if you have to farking ask, then YOU certainly do.
2014-03-29 09:43:12 PM  
2 votes:

wildcardjack: DeathByGeekSquad: jake_lex: As a philosophy major, I am not getting a kick out of these replies.

Or are you?

He should be unconscious from the kicks I'm giving him.

Philosophy has a little useful advice, a lot of depressed moping. But it does deal with things that aren't approachable with science.

I'm glad you've summed up the tens of thousands of pages of thought from hundreds of philosophers over thousands of years and distilled it all down for us into two simple, easy sentences.  At last, I see Plato's Symposium for the empty fraud that it is.
2014-03-29 09:10:29 PM  
2 votes:
Well, not everyone has the intelligence to get a degree in Women's Study or Communications.
2014-03-30 12:35:56 PM  
1 vote:
Slaves don't need to think for themselves.
2014-03-30 03:39:06 AM  
1 vote:
Is this the thread where we belittle arts type degrees because they arent directly related to a specific job? Those threads never get old. We should just get rid of the arts altogether. What use are they when all the jobs are trades in the oilpatch? How else can I afford my blow, quads and Ford f150 Not with a philosophy degree let me tell you!
2014-03-30 01:06:35 AM  
1 vote:
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2014-03-29 11:40:54 PM  
1 vote:
If you're born rich, philosophy is a great major. It encourages people to think about society and their place in it. It's a great thing for powerful people to learn that building a better society helps everyone.

If you have to borrow to get the degree, it's sad. Because as you graduate, you realize your place in society is as a wage slave, destined to work decades to pay interest to banks on debt you can't discharge. Understanding the injustice does not make it easier to bear.
2014-03-29 11:34:47 PM  
1 vote:

lilplatinum: Philosophy is a fine discipline to study to learn writing and rhetoric and other skills that can actually be useful in other fields while not being a 'job training' degree... not like most farking business majors learn anything of value.

/pretty stupid to go into private school debt to get one though.

Ha! See I double-majored in business and philosophy, and I make a bit more than $70k/year now in an office setting, and the philosophy has been more valuable all the way around.

maram500: "...who would staff our Starbucks, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Barnes & Noble?"

The people who went $30,000 into debt for a degree in painting...? Or acting...or math...or vocal music.

If all you want to do is make money, then an art degree is a sucker bet.

But I have (without any prior experience in the graphic arts) recently (last few months) taken up painting as a hobby. And let me tell you, it makes you look at things like you never did before.

I can now look at the paintings of the old masters and be far more awed then I ever could have been before.

The act of arranging pigments on a flat surface to represent the world well is far harder than most disciplines. I'm not saying it has as much direct value as, say, IT, especially in the modern world. But it is a far deeper and more complex discipline than anyone can understand without beginning to survey its depths.

I encourage anyone to try painting. It is a harsh mistress, with watercolor probably being the most treacherous of whores.

/I have since been seduced by the petty makeup and ease of acrylics
2014-03-29 11:25:35 PM  
1 vote:

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If we can ever clone a T-Rex then the humanities majors need to keep their farking mouths shut if they know what's good for them.
2014-03-29 09:48:12 PM  
1 vote:
Science tells us how to do things, philosophy tells us why we shouldn't...
2014-03-29 09:47:57 PM  
1 vote:
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Waiter. This conversation isn't very good.
2014-03-29 09:39:37 PM  
1 vote:
Goddammit, now I'm hungry.
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