Ask Me Anything about Philosophypedia!

John-Michael Kuczynski
Mar 10, 2018

Just as Wikipedia makes high-quality information easily available, so Philosophypedia makes high-quality instruction readily available to people. In this day and age, there is no need for brick and mortar institutions of learning. Such institutions are expensive and ineffective; and they are breeding grounds for ill-will among their various students and also for distrust of so-called authority figures. The result is a cynical and poorly educated mass of people who are of little use to themselves or society. Philosophypedia came into existence to make top-quality, individualized instruction available to everyone, regardless of their means. The operative term here is 'individualized': one of the great failings of education, as it currently exists, is that virtually none of it is individualized. This despite the fact that history's best and brightest (Plato, Aristotle, Newton, Bach, Mozart, Darwin) were educated by individual mentors--never in classrooms. And this is Philosophypedia's greatest strength: all instruction is individualized, while also being affordable. Ask me about this great new way of learning and about how it is democratizing the world of education!

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Is it, AGAIN, going to be a space dominated by white, western male, like Wikipedia? I don't mean this in a hostile way, but I believe Internet is meant to connect and it frustrates me we use technology to build everlasting walls. Here are there articles for your reference. Thank you.

Wikipedia's Editors Are 91 Percent Male Because Citations Are Stored in the Ball Sack

The Sexism of Wikipedia

 We’re all connected now, so why is the internet so white and western?

Mar 14, 4:28PM EDT0

The free market is not racist. The free market employs anyone who wants to work. If a non-white non-male wants to start a business, he/she can do so. There are non-white female billionaires. It's about who does what, not what gender/ethnicity someone is. 

Mar 14, 5:02PM EDT0
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Do you answer the live chat on the website?
Mar 13, 2:36AM EDT0

Yes I do. Right now I am the only one manning the line. But do reach out to me on LiveChat. I really like practicing my LiveChat skills, and I provide great service!

Mar 13, 3:31AM EDT0
How has your environment/upbringing influenced/encouraged you to come up with an idea like this?
Mar 12, 2:44PM EDT0

My family consisted of very real people--total non-bureaucrats. The people I had to deal with when being formally educated and also when working were phony--they were bureaucrats. For this reason, I saw bureaucrats for what they were and was never taken in by their lies.

Mar 12, 10:06PM EDT0
Is Philosophypedia more of a business or a new start-up idea to strengthen the education system in today's time? How will you balance your objective with its business perspective?
Mar 12, 11:38AM EDT0

Philosophypedia is a business, and it is at the moment a start-up. I don't think there is really much danger of my selling out. I think that the only way for me to make money is to provide individualized high-quality instruction at a low cost. And that is what philosophypedia does. In order to make money with a bad business, it is necessary to have a huge advertising budget and to have a large pre-existing market-share, neither of which I have. So I have no choice, given my meagre funds, but to do it cheaply and well. 

Mar 12, 10:06PM EDT0
What is the hardest part of running your webiste?
Mar 12, 9:36AM EDT0

That I have to do all the work myself. I have no background in web-design and no particular aptitude for it. And I am not able to give my website the high degree of functionality that it needs. It is minimally acceptable, but I need a pro to take over the computer-aspects of this business. 

Mar 12, 10:03PM EDT0
What’s your background in philosophy?
Mar 10, 3:26PM EST0

I received my B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and my PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. But my 'real' background lies in my written works (and in the audio recordings that I have done thereof). In 2007, I published my treatise Conceptual Atomism and the Computational Theory of Mind, in which I explained how language is related to thought. In 2009, I published my treatise Analytic Philosophy, in which I explained what philosophy is and showed how to do it in a systematic and analytical manner. In 2012, I published my treatised Empiricism and the Foundations of Psychology, in which I provided a logical basis for a new way of categorizing and diagnosing psychopathologies. And since 2012, I have published innumerable articles, some in mathematical logic, some in psychology, most in cultural criticism. Here is my Amazon page: www.amazon.com/-/e/B001JOP0K6

Mar 10, 7:05PM EST0
Where did the idea of starting "Philosophypedia" come from?
Mar 10, 1:59PM EST0

Originally, I wanted Philosophypedia to be a philosophy-focused version of Wikipedia, and I was planning on doing most of the entries myself. But as time progressed, I started to realize that if I really wanted to get my ideas across to people, it was not enough for me to write article after article: I would have to change the way that people were being educated. And I saw this because, having been a professor for over a decade, I saw how much people were affected by their educations--specifically, how their so-called 'educations' made them unresponsive to new ideas. And I also saw that education was incredibly expensive and also ineffective. Finally, I knew that the best kind of education was one-on-one. And I knew that, because of the glut of unemployed scholars out there, many of them very good, I could create an online school in which people would have top education for very little money. Hence Philosophypedia.

Mar 10, 7:08PM EST0
How much sociocultural influenced you to go into the field of psychotherapy and analysis?
Mar 10, 11:41AM EST0

The state of society and of culture definitely strongly influenced my decision to go into psychoanalysis. What I have found is that people are less and less allowed to speak freely and to speak freely and therefore to exist freely. People who have their own views are quicly branded as 'politically incorrect' and are essentially regarded as thought-criminals. The essence of psychoanalysis is being able to speak freely and be listened to and understood, in analytical, not a morally judgmental manner. I myself had benefited from that when I myself underwent psychoanalysis and also when I underwent training. And as an analyst, I take great joy in providing people with an environment in which my clients can speak freely and finally, for once, be listened to. And my patients appreciate it too!

Mar 10, 7:12PM EST0
How many members are currently working with/for Philosophypedia and how are they contributing to the company?
Mar 10, 11:02AM EST0

Right now I have around six full time staffers. One is in biology, two are physics professors and the rest are language professors (Chinese and Russian). I myself teach a lot of classes---though I want to shift more into a management/business role. I desperately need people to teach biology, mathematics, and economics. 

Mar 10, 7:13PM EST0
How do you view issues of the mind/body applying in the clinical psychological situation?
Mar 10, 8:30AM EST0

The mental and the physical interact. But the mental has to be understood on its own terms. Mental illnesses are about emotional conflict. And the only way to loosen the grip of a mental illness is to untie the emotional knots that underlie it. Medications have their place, but they are auxiliaries to treatment proper, and treatment proper is always psychodynamic in nature, meaning that it is concerned with internal conflict. 

Mar 10, 7:16PM EST0
When you say Philosophypedia has a right business model, what business model are you referring to? Could you explain it in brief?
Mar 10, 6:42AM EST0

First of all, the instruction at Philosophydia is always individualized--one instructor per student. Second, the instructors are always good: they are not merely people who have 'paper' credentials; they are people of proven competence. Third, because Philosophypedia has no overhead, costs are low. So a given person can receive an education around five times as good as the education they get at college, and at around one fifth the cost. For these various reasons, taken jointly, Philosophypedia can be said to have the right business model. 

Mar 10, 7:19PM EST0

Apart from your insightful writing, why do you think general audiences are interested in philosophical studies?

Mar 9, 4:59PM EST0

I think that a lot of people are starting to realize that philosophy, as it is taught in universities, consists of irrelevant artefacts. My philosophical work, on the other hand, is very much a reflection of the times and is relevant. And I think that people who want to have control over their existences, and don't simply want to be jostled around by the latest developments, are going to be drawn to philosophy--especially to philosophy, such as my own, that addresses the question: "How can I live freely in world of uncertainty and change?" 

Mar 10, 1:38AM EST0
What do you think will be the most pressing or interesting issue in the philosophy beat in 2018?
Mar 9, 3:15PM EST0

The internet has made it possible, and even to some degree necessary, for people to be alone. But for a long time, people have not been alone; they have had heavily communal existences. And now they have to learn how to be alone and how to exercise their free will. And the most important philosophical question of our time is: How can I know what to do if I have only myself to rely on, along with the information that comes to me through my computer?

Mar 10, 1:36AM EST0
How do you come up with the ideas to add more content to the Philosophypedia?
Mar 9, 10:34AM EST0

There is really only two ideas behind Philosophypedia: It is better to have competent instructors than it is to have incompetent ones; and it is better to not have to share an instructor than it is to have share an instructor with dozens of other people (in other words, individualized instruction is better than mass-instruction). And I learned lessons through years of bitter experience as a student (getting my B.A. and then my Doctorate) and then as a professor. 

Mar 10, 1:39AM EST0
How do the findings on OCD help define it in contrast to other disorders?
Mar 9, 6:16AM EST0

OCD is a unique and distinctive mental disorder in that people who have it are quite sane--hyper sane, in fact. It isn't the obsessive-compulsive's sanity that is damaged. It is his will. In other words, it is his ability to convert what he knows into action. By contrast, someone who is schizoaffective, or who has any other paradigm-case of a mental illness, is quite delusional. A consequence of this feature of OCD is that the obsessive-compulsive is under an obligation to improve his condition. The schizoaffective cannot simply will himself out of his condition; he truly does not have the right information at his disposal. The obsessive-compulsive does have enough information to make the right judgment, and if he excercizes his judgment consistently, he will restore the integrity of his psyche. And he ultimately has no excuse for not doing this. People who say 'I have OCD; my behavior is not my fault' are lying. 

Mar 10, 1:32AM EST0
You have been an author of various books based on the philosophy. Can you recommend one book from your collection that you feel everyone should read and why?
Mar 9, 4:08AM EST0

Yes. Analytic Philosophy. It is clear and comprehensive, and is appropriate for both beginners and veterans. It is a very authentic and clear expression of my philosophical vision. Here is the URL: www.amazon.com/Analytic-Philosophy-J-M-Kuczynski-ebook/dp/B01N2TD490/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1520587510&sr=8-1&keywords=kuczynski+analytic+philosophy

Mar 9, 4:25AM EST0
How are you funding your site so far? Have you approached any prospective funding organization for that?
Mar 8, 11:46PM EST0

That is a great question, a relevant question. I am self-funding. And I really need to find a serious organization to help me here, because the process of building this business without any assistance is proving to be a bit much for me.

Mar 9, 1:57AM EST0
Does the fact that OCD responds to either behavior or drug treatment tell us anything about the nature of the disorder?
Mar 8, 10:55PM EST0

OCD responds to drug treatment only superficially. Drugs can temporarily lighten the underlying depression, which can cause the symptoms to go into very partial remission. But drugs do not affect the OCD itself; they only cause its more obvious manifestations to go into hiding. As for behavior therapy, it can free the obsessive-compulsive from certain compulsions and also to some extent from the obsessions associated with those compulsions. But unless the underlying pathologies are addressed directly, those compulsions and obsessions will simply assume new forms. Behavior therapy can help, but it helps because, in undergoing it, the patient is affirming to himself his own resolve to rejoin the external world. Behavior therapy that is done in the absence of such a resolution yields very little. Drug-therapy and behavioral therapy are useful as auxiliaries, but they do next to nothing by themselves in treating OCD itself; and there is little we can therefore learn about OCD from their supposed efficacy in treating it, since they have little such efficacy. 

Mar 9, 1:56AM EST0
Your website offers various courses on Biology, Economics, Physics, Chemistry etc. What sets your curriculum different than other school-based courses?
Mar 8, 8:20PM EST0

First of all, thank you for visiting my website! There a couple of important respects in which the course-instruction at philosophypedia differs from the course-instruction at ordinary schools and colleges. First of all, at philosophypedia, all of the instruction is individualized: one instructor per student. Second, the instruction is not expensive. It is $300 per course. Third, the student does not pay for anything other than instruction. By contrast, at an ordinary school or college, only a small fraction of what the student pays for is instruction, Most of it is administrative and bureaucratic overhead. Fourth, at philosophypedia, all of the instruction is online. Fifth, the student can proceed as quickly or as slowly as he wants. Because the instruction is individualized, he can do a 20 hour course in two days or over a period of three months. Sixth, because instruction is individualized, the instructor can adapt his style, and even to some extent the content of the course, to suit the student's special needs. Finally, people can contact us and request special courses or special ways of teaching, and we will give it to them. 

Mar 8, 8:27PM EST0
What type of courses do you offer at Philosophypedia and who teaches these courses to the students?
Mar 8, 8:06PM EST0

Our courses are taught by experts--people who either have advanced degrees or proven expertise in their field. And we teach courses of at all levels, from Kindergarten to Graduate. To see our offerings go to:  www.philosophypedia.com/teachers-needed-now

Mar 8, 8:33PM EST0