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James I D.


Austin, TX

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December 15, 2012

Tell us a little about why you are interested in philosophy.

I have always been interested in ideas and especially the struggle among ideas. We are all philosophers, whether we know it or not, because everybody lives according to some model of how the world works. I am particulary concerned about bad philosophy which can lead to bad outcomes for individuals, professions, and the entire nation. Bad philosophy is dangerous and has led to economic and political disasters, especially those associated with war. Only by exposing the underlying philosophical assumptions in our thought models can we hope to avoid bad philosophies and the policies they support. I believe that false analogies are the root cause of bad philosophy. For example, social philosophers misinterpreted Einstein's theory of relativity and promoted the empty-headed cliche that everything is relative. Einstein's idea was that the laws of physics are universal and insisted that there are absolutes in the world. Observers may see things differntly, but they are the same in fact.


I am a retired physicist who recently moved to Austin from Santa Barbara CA. I worked in theoretical and applied physics in industry, a national lab, and as a private consultant. I was on the Board of The Cosmoplitan Club of Santa Barbara.

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