Jens Oliver Meiert

Jens the Philosopher

The Constructivist Preference

When we are presented with conflicting beliefs and ideas, which ones are we to support or assume? That question, in our age of scientism, is usually answered with “those that are true,” or “those that are more realistic”…

Post from January 18, 2017, reflecting Jens the .

Contradictions: a Problem of Logic, a Feature of Reality?

On my list of research topics and article drafts is one that covers root assumptions: assumptions at the core of what we assume about our two realities, psychical and physical reality. One of these root assumptions covers logic…

Post from December 9, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Highlights from Myer’s Oldest Books in the World

“Study on a subject before giving an opinion” and other truly old realizations.

Post from November 24, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Highlights from Scovel Shinn’s Your Word is Your Wand

Short excerpts that convey a rather unconventional view on our realities. “Happiness and health must be earned by absolute control of the emotional nature.”

Post from November 22, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Living and Mistakes

We can’t make a mistake living our own lives. A counter to the fear of doing wrong, the harmful idea of guilt, as well as unhelpful doubt, the statement’s power lies in the realization that it’s impossible for us to live our lives “incorrectly.”

Post from November 7, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Why Philosophy Matters

Philosophy is a field that once combined all the sciences and had considerable influence. Over time that influence waned, to an extent that philosophy is now simply one of the humanities, a “second order” discipline that some people wonder what it’s useful for…

Post from October 31, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Highlights from Paine’s Common Sense

“Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices.”

Post from September 8, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Highlights from Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience

Launching a new series of highlights and factoids from public domain books, classic or not, that had piqued my interest, and perhaps excite yours. Here from American polymath Henry David Thoreau.

Post from August 27, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Life’s Golden Rules

From all my cheeky laws and a number of absolutistic posts you already know I have a thing for dramaturgy. The same here.

Post from August 4, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

The Bio Enhancement Paradox

Or, what if Donald Trump was Iron Man.

Post from August 2, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

The Dilemma of the Kind Person

Imagine a fine human being who has a laudable goal. She wants to become a genuinely, cordially, most truly kind person. So she sets on to work on her objective…

Post from July 4, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

On Rationality, and Love

Philosophy can be heart-breaking, or is it the other way around.

Post from July 2, 2016, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

On Consciousness

Speaking of which.

Post from June 9, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

The cover of “How to Work on Oneself.”

New Book(let): How to Work on Oneself

Doubt led me to explore ways to grow, doubt now led me to ask my editor three times whether or not to publish under a pseudonym: I sketched, in what resembles a fluffy essay, how to learn, how to grow, or—“How to Work on Oneself.”

Post from June 2, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Problems, No Problems, Desires

In my own non-academic studies I’ve found common definitions of “problem” unsatisfying. So I’ve tried to redefine “problem” for something more flexible, and I believe there’s a redefinition that holds for common scenarios. Philosophize together with me.

Post from June 1, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

The Two Legs of Personal Reality

On resting and moving, or accepting and learning.

Post from May 25, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

The Most Important Thing We Can Do with Our Lives

“The person who doesn’t read is no better off than the person who can’t read,” goes a saying. A dogmatic tweet suggested, “if what you’ve been doing in the last hour doesn‘t serve a clear constructive purpose, stop immediately.” And elsewhere, Csikszentmihalyi noted…

Post from March 18, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Stream Theory

Not just since the Law of Attraction is there this idea of “like attracts like,” of self-fulfilling prophecies, of better being “careful” what we wish for. There’s another concept that I do like to work with though, in another thought experiment.

Post from January 31, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Trust

We must.

Post from January 22, 2016, reflecting Jens the .

Endless Peace

Amidst all the wars we never wanted but our governments and industries wage and participate in regardless of our will, we threaten to lose sight of our goal. That goal, surely, is peace. That goal, clearly, is durable peace. That goal, indeed, is endless peace.

Post from January 1, 2016, reflecting Jens the , or perhaps .

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