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The Philosophy for the Future

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The Philosophy for the Future by George Sowers

The Philosophy for the Future

The Philosophy for the Future was a 20-year project completed in November 2013. I have provided annotated bibliography for anyone who wants to preview the contents and main outline of the argument before diving in and buying the book.

This book presents a comprehensive philosophy based on the worldview of modern science and technology. The scientific worldview has come to dominate the modern world, but it left a spiritual vacuum in its wake. The Philosophy for the Future fills that vacuum by extending the beliefs and attitudes of science and technology to the philosophic realm. It is prescriptive, providing a basis for ethics as well as more general rules of action and a plan for the future. The two prevailing themes are pragmatism and power (defined as capability). Pragmatism is introduced as an overarching intellectual value and then derived as a consequence of the evolutionary algorithms that produced us. Power is a consequence of pragmatism and is shown, for humans, to be tantamount to biological fitness.

The Philosophy for the Future is a wide-ranging tour of philosophy and science beginning with logic and decision theory, followed by the philosophy of science and the current state of physics. The general theory of evolution is discussed leading to humans and our unique intelligence, which gives rise to cultural or memetic evolution. The climax of the book is the will to power introduced as a unifying principle of psychology. After a precise mathematical definition is given, power is used to derive a normative ethics and a recommended path to the future. The book presents pragmatic solutions to many of the classic problems in philosophy, including Hempel's paradox, the problem of induction, the naturalistic fallacy, and the hard problem of consciousness. There are also some fresh perspectives offered in areas where science encounters philosophy, like decision theory, quantum mechanics, and evolution.

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