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Human Philosophy
Welcome back! Every human is a philosopher. His behavior reflects his concept of his relationship with all other life. This philosophy must be based on real knowledge.

A philosophy is a natural product of the intellect. Every human has a philosophy by which it lives, an intellectual declaration of a personal relationship with all other life, a statement of expectations and obligations, a pronouncement of self. That philosophy furnishes the very basis for personal behavior, and it establishes the value of a human to itself and all other life.
Early humans used spiritual guidance. Every tribe had its own version. Primitive tribal philosophers premised supernatural beings who demanded certain behaviors and promised swift and severe punishment for infractions.
Later philosophers premised their ilk as superior beings who had the ability to create truth from within their own minds. Such philosophers, though many were intellectually gifted, forsook reality, believing the human mind can transcend observation. They created philosophy through their own conjecture and imagination, building great intellectual castles on highly questionable foundations. Most modern philosophers synthesize their philosophy from the tenets of their elitist ideology.

But the universe is real, life is real, and the human is real. The philosophy of the human should be real also. What makes a philosophy real? There is a simple test. If the logic that supplies a philosophical expectation or behavioral conclusion is based on verifiable fact, it is likely to be real.
The shorter the chain of logic from the provable premise, the more apt the conclusions are true. If the logic has no real basis (is based on dogma), its conclusions, though possibly true, are likely to be at least misleading and are probably false. All existing philosophies are based on dogma.
An alternative is presented: a philosophy developed directly from real knowledge, in most cases with a single logical step. This philosophy is dynamic. It adjusts to new knowledge as it is developed. It gives purpose, direction and reason to life. It supplies a basis for human moral and ethical conduct. It includes the entire ecosystem.
So, every human is a philosopher. Each has its own unique viewpoint of its position in and relationship with the universe, and all other things within it. The basis for that viewpoint is the particular genetic instinctive configuration of that individual. This basic set of drives and moods are relatively fixed within the individual throughout its life.
The behavior resulting from these instincts, however, is intellectually modified by the application of experience (training, education and direct experience). These individual composite (instinct and intellect) philosophies are quite dynamic. Each philosophy changes with each bit of experience and the behavioral response changes along with it.
The behavior of an individual at any point in time is the result of the application of its philosophy of life to the current set of environmental conditions. The collective behaviors within a group, resulting from a summation of the individual philosophies, is called its culture. A group culture requires a group philosophy.
A group philosophy is a subset of the individual philosophies, since it covers only those behaviors which the group requires for community welfare, cultural advancement, cooperation and cohesion. Once these are satisfied, the balance of possible personal behaviors become a matter of choice.
Imagination and conjecture are basic intellectual traits (genetically determined functional abilities) of the human. Although these processes may be found in many of the other higher animals, they are emphasized in the human. These traits developed through evolution, primarily among predators, for the rapid solution of immediate and objective survival problems. Both consist of memory distortion mechanisms whereby a real scene in memory is warped in order to visualize possibilities other than reality. Predators developed this capability for use in predicting prey reaction. Quite complex intellectual functions provide the behavioral decision, since it will rest on an analysis of the current scene, alternative imagined reactive scenes in which the prey takes various evasive actions, and scenes from past memory allowing estimation of prey reaction time, evasive ability and speed.
Unique to the human, however, is the question that starts with why. Why do things work the way they do? Why can't they be made to be some other way? Why can't this particular scene be modified for greater success?
When did it start? Where in the development of the human did someone first look up into the sky at all the stars on a dark night and ask: Why is this and how do I fit in? Whenever it was, and it was quite possibly almost two million years ago with an early Homo erectus, it was a question without an answer. So he made one up. And we've been doing it ever since.
The only change in the entire period has been a shift from imaginary supernatural beings who were all knowing and all powerful to an imaginary concept that man is supernatural and therefore can create knowledge in his own mind without reference to reality.
First it was various spirits and gods. Then it was Aristotle, Kant and Marx. And now it is anyone with a Ph.D. who can also cite at least thirty others with the same degrees in the same subjects and with the same academic elitist viewpoint.
What we must concentrate on is what the culture of the human (and therefore its proper individual behavior) should be given the physical reality of its evolutionary mechanism and its fit in the universe. This concept projects a cultural eugenics for the intellectual control of the evolution of culture in the same manner that eugenics projects an intellectual control of the evolution of the human form.
The idiocy of allowing natural evolution to provide the human species with both form and culture must be recognized. All of its form and cultural ills are caused by this idiot process. The human is intellectual and therefore capable of analysis, goal setting, and planning. The human must work toward optimizing both its form and its culture.
Biologists have learned to move from the organism to the molecular level in their analysis of life forms. The form of the organism is controlled by the molecules in its DNA. Those who seek wisdom in the behavior of the human must do the same. Once having ascertained the rules for proper behavior of the human through determining the basic forces of life on a molecular level, an analysis of the history of culture from that viewpoint is entirely different. It will show the direction and magnitude of human cultural error that was caused by the natural (idiot) process of cultural evolution.

Only verifiable fact is acceptable as a basis for philosophy. Conjecture, imagination, fantasy, spirituality, fiction, ideology, unbased philosophy or any other form of dogma must not be accepted as truth on which to base philosophical reasoning and conclusions. The human is capable of discovering truth!

The universe, an incredible complex of matter, space, time and process, is without value or purpose - it merely is and does, and no more. Natural processes within the universe developed life. In the beginning life was nothing more than natural matter that could reproduce.
The natural process of evolution then combined with this reproducing matter to develop many life forms (species of life). Many of these new life forms were no more than complex arrangements of matter that could survive. Evolution then developed a life form with intellect, an invention as far reaching as life itself.
The universe is non-thinking. It has no goals or plans. Other than a habitat for life, it has no value. It does, however, have order (spiced with a bit of chaos) and can therefore be understood. The human is a child of life, which in turn is a child of the universe.
The universe has no voice and therefore cannot speak its behavioral requirements to the human, but the human has intellect and therefore can learn from (listen to) the universe. From this search into the universe for the answers to life, the following human philosophy emerges:
1. The magnificent and awe-inspiring universe is real and the human must glory in that reality. The universe is consistent, reasonable and understandable. It is toward this universe that the human must turn for all knowledge. All truth is contained therein.

2. There is only one life and all living things share in that life. All other living things are not the brothers or cousins of the individual human, they are one and the same. A human that does well by all of them, does well for himself.

3. The human, because of its intellect, is unique and the most wondrous and valuable of the strains of life. The personal value of each human lies in its degree of dedication to the service of all life.

4. Life began and at first survived only by chance. With evolution, life now blindly seeks survival. With the human, life will gain intellectual control of evolution and the survival of life will be planned and provided. Through the human, a part of life, life will gain immortality.

5. The major impediment in the road toward the immortality of life (and thereby the human) and the intellectualization of the universe, will be the resistance within the human toward intellectual control of its inherited animal instincts. Each human must strive for intellectual control of its life.
Kemo D. (a.k.a. no.7)
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