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Post by Geoff23 » March 14th, 2019, 12:12 pm

Hello postphilosophers

Thankyou to Daniel for setting this up. Perhaps a more sane space on the internet, because so much of it has gone to the dogs. Pity the poor people who try to discuss philosophy (or anything else for that matter) on Facebook, and yet that platform has displaced thousands of once-thriving forums. Makings society dumber, for sure. I look forward to see who else turns up.

Doubtless others will let us know a bit about what has happened to them since the heyday of online forums. As for me...I finished a degree in philosophy and cognitive science in 2008 and end up drifting for a long while, lost in a pretty severe sort of nihilism. But I eventually turned a long-time hobby of fungi foraging into a career as a fungi foraging teacher, and started collecting photos with a vague idea of one day writing a book. That book came out in 2016 - the most comprehensive book ever published specifically on edible and poisonous fungi in temperate Europe. You can read the reviews yourself if you're interested. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Edible-Mushroo ... 0857843974. I am now a full-time foraging teacher and working on my second book, which is intended to be the market leading book on foraging for plants and seaweeds in north-west Europe.

Also, after being single for the best part of 15 years, I got married in 2015 and our first child has just turned 1, and started walking in the last couple of days. I am 50, so I left it rather late in life with the family stuff.

Geoff

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Post by Daniel V. » March 15th, 2019, 8:15 am

Geoff

Thank you.

As for a, "more sane place", yes, it is a bit calmer than when I'm working with the Van de Graaff generator in the attic. Geez, that thing makes a racket. And the villagers have given up on the torch and pitchfork parade - they got a lawyer. :-)

Makes me wonder if the dumbness is either cause or symptom for what you note as a, "..severe sort of nihilism." At this time in my life I think I'm getting a better handle on dealing with the Nihilism Blues. I mean, if 'nothing is forever', then it would seem that nihilism has an expiration date like so many things.

It seems that you too have found a way especially with your books success. With ringing commendations like, "Brilliant Book", Great", "My mushroom foraging go-to guide", "Good, clear information and photos to help identification.", it sounds like work well done. But then there was one comment: "annoying text. Odd wiggles off some letters". Don't let it bother you, probably one of those villagers who dislike everything. I, for one, am going to get a look at the book when I get a chance.

As for your 1 year-old daughter, that must be a joy and a sense of welcomed responsibility for you. A new life beginning the journey. I wish you and your wife the best on that.

Re this forum, yes, it would be nice to hear from some of the others. Even if not markedly 'academic', that would be pleasantly philosophical unto itself. :-)

Daniel

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Post by Tobias » March 16th, 2019, 8:44 am

Hello Geoff, Daniel,

Good to see you! And indeed my thanks to Daniel for setting up the site. Philosophyforums seems to have imploded and the remnants are scattered. There are some other forums, but I do not have the time to read them or participate much. This week was quite hectic as well, but I hope to see more people. Good to see you two in any case, hope life been treating you well. Fungi foraging sounds like quite a good activity for a philosopher. I am still foraging students in the hallway, telling them to pay attention to half the things I say, but that I will not disclose to which half this current conversation belongs...

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Tobias

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Post by Daniel V. » March 17th, 2019, 10:30 am

Tobias

Thank you, and Geoff, for the thanks on setting this up but eventually it will be all those who participate to whom the ultimate thanks will go. I'm just providing the café (we don't serve absinthe but you can bring your own.) :-)

Yes, there are many forums along with social media but the saturation is such that for many it's become an overload of social information. I wonder, did hunter-gatherers ever experience social information overload? What would the Facebook page of a hunter-gatherer look like? What would the "likes" be based on?

I hope whichever way this forum goes that it finds at least some balance between the empyreal and the mundane.

"..telling them to pay attention to half the things I say, but that I will not disclose to which half this current conversation belongs..."

In the interest of not feeling like I'm on a Moebius Strip ride with that sentence, are you referring to this conversation here in forum, or the conversation you would have with the student(s)? :-D

Daniel

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