Daniel Martin is an academically trained philosopher from Orange County, California with a degree in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is a lover of all things nature. His favorite philosophic themes are Existentialism, Phenomenology, Pragmatism, Evolutionary Psychology, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, lastly but far from least Practical Philosophy. While studying as an undergrad it became apparent that while reading surviving texts of some of the greatest thinkers in human history that the entire possible knowledge one could gain from these texts would be utterly wasted if never put into application. That is when practical philosophy became important.
During Daniel’s undergraduate studies. He was the president and facilitator of the philosophy club at the University of Hawaii at Manoa called P4E (Philosophy for Everyone). The group brought about practical applications of knowledge to solve a number of philosophically inspired issues from a multi-dynamic and plural perspective. Skepticism is essential to practical philosophy, one must thoroughly evaluate information and make sure that it checks out and is actually applicable in real world situations in order to make practical use of their philosophic wisdom. This non-static approach to epistemology (the study of knowing), is explored in depth through the philosophic considerations expressed in Life is Weird.
The big questions for practical philosophy arose: How can we live our lives enjoying ourselves and our existences, loving every moment? How can we formulate a Philosophy of Awesomeness? That is, how can we create our own systems of thought that understand our unique relative perspectives, our longing for happiness, and mitigate our needs and desires such that we fulfill a reasonable amount of them and create a positive out-pact on greater existence? It takes a lifetime! We seem to be in luck, a lifetime is exactly what each one of us has. Both the book Life is Weird and Daniel’s blog on Things Stuff and Consciousness approach these questions of existence, of mind, and of flourishing awesomeness.