Life is Weird

by Daniel B. Martin



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/12/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 226
ISBN : 9781480825956
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 226
ISBN : 9781480825963

About the Book

Practical philosophy comes to life in author Daniel B. Martin’s travels. This non-fictional story is constructed from stream of consciousness diary entries written as he moved from California to Hawaii and later traveled from Hawaii back to California, only to leave again for Paris, Amsterdam, Lyon, Annecy, Geneva and back around. The mission was simple: forget cultural biases and see the world through a fresher set of eyes. The study of conscious experience of phenomena known philosophically as phenomenology (a scary sounding word to some) is the method used to blur the borders between philosophy and nonfictional literature in Life is Weird.

Traveling is a great way to gain more perspective on life. Traveling takes you out of your comfortable world of normality and challenges your conceptions by way of other persons’ normalities. This may at first be quite unsettling, but it can also be wonderful. Open your eyes, and become excited for whatever comes around the next bend. Let that excitement motivate you into finding your happiness. You can start from wherever you are. Explore your fears, and find your liberation.

About the Author

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.