Experimental philosopher Jonathan Keats dives into the work of Buckminster Fuller, an early 20th century oddball scientist whose visionary ideas we are only now catching up to.
Keats explains how he combined string theory with San Francisco real estate to explore the relationships between paradoxical concepts.
Keats explains how marriage can be treated as a metaphor by explaining the process by which two people can become married not by government definition, but by a law of nature, thanks to advances in quantum physics.
Keats explains how a thought experiment in which he attempts to genetically engineer God allowed him to create a situation in which science and religion became compatible.
Keats explains an experiment in which he opened a restaurant for plants and how it helped spur an exploration of cuisine as cultural trademark.
The worth thing to ever happen to us, says Jonathon Keats, was when we stopped being children. Fortunately, he explains (by way of honeybees) that it's possible to re-enter that space of precociousness and wonder.
Jonathon Keats introduces his workshop on experimental philosophy by listing the rules and lessons he's developed over the years.
Where do new ideas come from? One tactic is to train your brain to innovate through the use of thought experiments.
If curiosity is your curriculum the best way in which that curriculum can be undertaken is for all of your students to cut school and that’s a great idea, but it really won’t work at an institutional level in most universities.
I think that human beings are most limited in their tendency to pursue certainty and to think that answers are somehow absolute or even beneficial.
Jonathon Keats is a San Francisco-based experimental philosopher who has, over the years, sold real estate in the extra dimensions of space-time proposed by string theory (he sold a hundred and seventy-two extra-dimensional lots in the Bay Area in a single day); made an attempt to genetically engineer God (God turns out to be related to the cyanobacterium); and copyrighted his own mind (in order to get a seventy-year post-life extension.
Keats's bold experiments raise serious questions and put into practice his conviction that the world needs more "curious amateurs," willing to explore publicly whatever intrigues them, in defiance of a culture that increasingly forecloses on wonder and siloes knowledge into narrowly defined areas of expertise.