Originally Answered: Why is the philosophy section of yahoo answers filled with more thoughtful questions and answers then the?
Excuse me, but I'm offended by this question. I'm sorry.
Philosophy is an ancient discipline. It is the height of arts and humanities. I can't imagine another human being discussing it as "disreputable"?????
Psychology is an EXTREMELY YOUNG pseudo-science. It is still the Dark Ages. Psychology deals with fixing mistakes, problems.
Philosophy deals with contemplation and comprehension of people, the cosmos, the lack of those. Almost anyone with, excuse me, an IQ over 110 can get a degree in psychology. Ask those same people to sit quietly and even begin to comprehend the complexity of the philosophers.
I'm sorry, but I am literally shaking my head.
It's the school system, Stupid--I'm saying that to me, not to you! Wow! It's apples and oranges. You may as well tell me, and many will, that accounting is now more "reputable" than poetry. IT IS NOT.
This mentality is materialistic to the max. It's about JOBS; not about the mind, reasoning, elegance of thought, brilliance in analytical and critical thinking, which, by the way, none of the lesser fields of study can do without, whether or not they may think they can.
All learning stems from the philosophers. Mathematics stems from philosophers; so does physchics.
And what could be more pure in his/her discipline than a philosopher? How wonderful to BE that person who seeks wisdom, understanding, reason; who MUST, as an actor must act, a musician must play music, MUST.
And lastly, do you even think that Freud is on the same par with Socrates or Plato or Aristotle? If so, think again.
Do yourself a favor. Read a book of Freud's. He's a wonderful writer. Read his best, "Interpretation of Dreams." It's very accessible. Very.
Then read "Being and Nothingness," by Sartre, or try, and I have faith that you will stand in AWE of the genius it took to write, the twisting and turning of the mind to come up with the profound ideas in Sartre's book, as compared to the sometimes intelligent, sometimes silly, concepts in any decent psychology book. Read Teilhard de Chardin's books on the phenomenon of man, Ortega y Gasset, Unamuno....
Philosophy, for those not meant to be philosophers--as singers must be singers, yet Answers makes karaoke out of philosophy--is so deep and DIFFICULT, it is to thought as higher math is to arithmetic. Psychology is maybe, maybe somewhere around geometry....
THIS IS PHILOSOPHY:
The coalescence of elments and the coalescence of stems, the spherical gemometry of the earth and psychical curvature of the mind harmonising to counterbalance the inidividual and collective forces of dispersion in the world and to impose unification--there at last we find the spring and secret of hominsation.
But why should there be unification in the world and what purpose does it serve?
To see the answer to this ultimate question, we have only to put side by side the two equations which have been gradually formulating themselves from the moment we began trying to situate the phenomenon of man in the world.
Evolution=Rise of consciousness,
Rise of consciousness=Union effected
The general gathering together in which, by correlated actions of the without and the within of the earth, the totality of thinking units and thinking forces are engaged---the aggregation in a single block of a mankind whose fragments weld together and interpenetrate before our eyes in spite of (indeed in proportion to) their efforts to separate--all this becomes intelligible from top to bottom as soon as we perceive it as the natural culm ination of a cosmic process of organisation which has never varied since those remote ages when our planet was young.
First the molecules of carbon compounds with their thousands of atoms symmetrically grouped; next the cell which, within a very small volume, contains thousands of molecules linked in a complicated system; then the metazoa in which the cell is no more than an almost infinitesimal element; and later the manifold attempts made sporadically by the metazoa to enter into symbiosis and raise themselves to a higher biological condition.
And now, as a germination of planetary dimensions, comes the thinking layer which over its full extent develops and intertwines its fibres, not to confuse and neutralise them but to reinforce them in the living unity of a single tissue.
Really I can see no coherent, and therefore scientific, way of grouping this immense succession of facts but as a gigantic psycho-biological operation, a sort of mega-synthesis, the 'super-arrangement' to which all the thinking elements of the earth find themselves today individually and collectively subject.
Mega-synthesis in the tangential, and therefore and thereby a leap forward of the radial energies along the principal axis of evolution: ever more complexity and thus ever more consciousness. If that is what really happens, what more do we need to convince oursleves of the vital error hidden in the depths of any doctrine of isolation? The egocentric ideal of a future reserved for those who have managed to attain egoistically the extremity of 'everyone for himself' is false and against nature. No element could move and grow except with and by all the others with itself.
THIS IS PSYCHOLOGY:
I do my thing, and you do your thing;
I am not in this world to live up to your expectations
And you are not in this world to live up to mine;
You are you and I am I,
And if by chance we find each other, it's beautiful.
If not, it can't be helped.
—Frederick ("Fritz") Perls, Psychologist
Now you tell me that psychology is more reputable than philosophy. You answer that for yourself, okay? I hope you're laughing. I am. One has to admit, it's funny, no?