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        There is a saying that 'everything takes longer than it is supposed to'. That is certainly the case with the Working Minds Philosophy Institute. (The Working Minds Philosophy of Empowerment was created in 1998.)

        It is also true that the Working Minds Philosophy Institute is not yet necessary. Elements of the Working Minds Philosophy of Empowerment are available online, in various forms – such as the Essays Index and the Essays By Topic Index.
        Not necessary – yet.

        Meanwhile, I have devised a Curriculum for visitors who want to add to their Life the advantages provided by philosophy in general, as well as the advantages that pertain by practicing Objectivist philosophy, Existential philosophy, and the Working Minds Philosophy of Empowerment.

        The Universe works in non-mysterious ways. The seeming mysteries in Life derive from the godawful non-Objective and non-Existential apparatus of the Culture Structure that feeds garbage (propaganda) to the citizenry and pretends that obedience to the makers of this mess will produce anything but more such mess.

        Outside of Existentialism or Objectivism, you can have no clue as to how the Universe, this bio-sphere, actually works. The Universe is an existential/objective event, therefore: the best access to Power is existentialism/Objectivism.

Working Minds Philosophy Institute Purpose

To research the existential nature of the Universe

To practice reason-based thinking

To communicate our findings to the world

To cause transformational change in local, state, federal & international institutions


The W.M.P.I. Curriculum

Absent the publication of the 600-page "Working Minds Philosophy of Empowerment" book, this curriculum was begun in May 2011 so that visitors who wander in here can get to work. Such work will provide existential advantages over their fellows who do not have these various tools. The plan is for each visitor to select several elements, to read and-or to begin practicing such, and to then return for the next several tools.

The Working Minds Philosophy Institute does not guarantee results; but any person who institutes these elements
as a practice in his/her Life will be astounded at the positive difference that occurs. (Just do the homework!)

FIRST CUT 5/2011; revised 7/2011 & 9/2012

There are no guarantees in this existential Universe. Likewise, in Nature there is no punishment, only consequences.
Delve into any of the line items below and that self-education will deliver to you an advantage over your fellows,
who are blind sheeple complaining that the Universe makes no sense.

                                   

BASIC ELEMENTS OF WORKING MINDS

1) Read the WM Source Document
free ebook download {3 formats}
click here for Kindle Edition from Amazon [7/2011] for $3.00

2) Visit the Working Minds book Table of Contents to see where we are headed

3) Take on your personally-chosen Meaning & Purpose

4) Look over the Working Minds Essays Index - August 2012 was Essay #100

                                   

PHILOSOPHY & SCIENCE

1) Read the WM Source Document
free ebook download {3 formats}
click here for Kindle Edition from Amazon [7/2011] for $3.00

2) Learn about basic philosophy

50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know in Kindle format from Quercus  "50 Philosophy Ideas You Really Need to Know" [2007] by Ben Durpé
described by Amazon reviewer as superficial but thorough, and clearly written
Kindle Edition from Quercus [8/2007] for $4.76
Quercus 8x7 hardcover [8/2007] for $16.36
The Philosophy Book from Dorling Kindersley  "The Philosophy Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained" [2010]
Illustrations by James Grahame

DK Publng 9½x8¼ hardcover [10/2010] for $16.50
The philosophers are arranged in chronological order from 700 BCE {Thales of Miletus}
to the present {Slavoj Zizek}; there is a directory with the names of the thinkers and
comparable men in the same school of thought, and an index and a really useful glossary.

3) Learn about Ayn Rand & Objectivism

4) Learn about Martin Heidegger [1889-1976]

5) Learn about Quantum Physics

6) Learn about Charles Darwin [1809-82] & Evolution

7) Read "The Dancing Wu-Li Masters"

                                   

PEOPLE / BEHAVIOR / PSYCHOLOGY

1) Take courses of Landmark Worldwide
        a) The Landmark Forum (or Spanish 'El Foro') is the beginning course
        b) The Landmark Advance Forum course
        c) Any and all of several dozen Landmark Education 10-session seminars
        d) The Landmark Education Communication Curriculum

2) Learn about basic psychology

50 Psychology Ideas You Really Need to Know from Quercus  "50 Psychology Ideas You Really Need to Know" [2009]
by Adrian Furnham

Kindle Edition from Quercus [8/2009] for $5.79
Quercus 8½x5¼ pb [8/2009] out of print/used
Quercus 8¼x7 hardcover [8/2009] for $8.99
The Psychology Book from D.K. Publishing   "The Psychology Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)" [2012]
from the Editors of D.K. Publishing

D.K. Adult 9¼x8 hardcover [1/2012] for $16.50

3) Read "Scripts People Live" [1970] by Claude Steiner
the best extant overview of Eric Bern's Transactional Analysis

4) Learn about sociologist C. Wright Mills [1916-62]

5) Learn about Transcendentalist author Ralph Waldo Emerson [1803-82]
Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotations Page
"The Oversoul" [1841 essay] by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wikipediaonline text

                                   

ECONOMICS

1) Learn about basic economics

50 Economics Ideas book by Edmond Conway  "50 Economics Ideas You Really Need To Know" [2009]
by Edmond Conway

Kindle Edition from Quercus [9/2009] for $5.79
Quercus 8½x5¼ pb [8/2009] out of print/used
Quercus 8x6¾ hardcover [8/2009] out of print/many used
The Economics Book from D.K. Publishing   "The Economics Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)" [2012]
from the Editors of D.K. Publishing

D.K. Adult 9½x8 hardcover [8/2012] for $15.99

1) Learn about Reason-Based Taxation

2) Get the facts on the continuing G.O.P. Economic Meltdown of 2008

3) Learn about Adam Smith [1723-90]

4) Learn about Thorstein B. Veblen [1857-1929]

Veblen In Plain English book by Ken McCormick  
"Veblen In Plain English: A Complete Introduction
To Thorstein Veblen's Economics" [2006]
by Ken McCormick

Cambria Press 9x6 pb [4/2006] for $29.95
Cambria Press 9½x6¼ hardcover [10/2006] for $79.95

5) Learn about John Maynard Keynes [1883-1946]

6) Learn about John Kenneth Galbraith [1908-2006]

Essential Galbraith book by John Kenneth Galbraith  
"The Essential Galbraith" [2001]
by John Kenneth Galbraith

Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [2001 edition] for $8.80
Mariner Books pb [10/2001] for $10.77
Library of America John Kenneth Galbraith  "Galbraith: The Affluent Society and Other Writings,
1952–1967" [2010] Edited by James K. Galbraith

Library of America 8x5¼ hardcover [9/2010] for $26.40
includes "American Capitalism" [1952], "The Great Crash, 1929"
[1954], "The Affluent Society" [1958], and "The New Industrial
State" [1967]

                                   

NATURE

1) Learn what to do about Global Warming
a) Visit the Union of Concerned Scientists [est. 1969] website
b) Browse Working Minds Philosophy's Books on the Subject' / Global Warming & Climate Change Page

2) Learn about pioneer eco-activist John Muir [1838-1914]

3) Learn about eco-activist Aldo Leopold [1887-1948]

4) Learn about eco-activist Rachel Carson [1907-64]

5) Learn about eco-activist Edward Abbey [1927-89]

6) Learn about Dr. Helen Caldicott

                                   

THE PERPETUAL CLASS WAR

1) Join the United Federation of Indentured Servants: website & Facebook

2) Learn about Today's Class War

3) Read about Today's Class War

4) Learn the cultural background of Class War

a) "We: A Novel" [1921] by Yevgeny Zamyatin [1884-1937]

b) "Brave New World" [1932] by Aldous Huxley

poster for "It Can't Happen Here" 1936 theater production  It Can't Happen Here  It Can't Happen Here  c) "It Can't Happen Here: A Novel" [June 1935]
by Sinclair Lewis [1885-1951]
Introduction by Perry Meisel (circa 1993) or Michael Meyer

Signet Classic mass pb [3/2005] for $8.99
N.A.L. Trade 8x5½ pb [10/2005] for $10.03
Signet Classics mass pb [12/93] out of print/many used
Signet mass pb [10/70] out of print/used
Doubleday, Doran & Co. 7x4 hardcover [6/1935] out of print/used
AMS/Collier 8x5½ hardcover [6/1935] out of print/used
book entry at Wikipediafree etext online at Gutenberg Project Australia

Animal Farm book  d) "Animal Farm: A Fairy Story" [1945]  RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  GREEN CHECK: listed #14 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013
by George Orwell [1903-50]

Orwell's famed barnyard fable about revolution betrayed
Kindle Edition from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [7/2009] for $7.92
Signet Classics mass pb [4/96] for $9.99
Plume 8x5½ pb [5/2003] for $9.99
Blackstone UNABR audio [4/2001] out of prodn/used
Penguin UNABR audio [6/96] out of prodn/used
Snowball’s Chance sequel novel by John Reed   "Snowball’s Chance: A Novel" [2002] by John Reed, Foreword by
Alexander Cockburn, Afterword by James Sherry

Very UN-authorized sequel to Orwell's 1945 classic; exiled pig Snowball returns to
The Farm and implements a 'new world order' of untrammeled capitalism

Kindle Edition from Melville House [8/2012] for $8.25
Melville House/Neversink Library 8x5 pb [8/2012] for $10.20
Roof Books 8x5¼ hardcover [11/2002] for $19.95

more details (synopsis, history, author, movies, other media) are on
Spirit of America Bookstore's "Animal Farm" [1945 novel] Page

e)  BLUE CHECK: listed #21 on U.K. Telegraph Best 100 Novels (8/2014)  RED CHECK: listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Novels (10/2005)  GREEN CHECK: listed #4 on Goodread Readers Picks '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  BLACK CHECK: listed on Amazon's '100 Books To Read In A Lifetime'  GOLD STAR: listed on Business Insider's The 35 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once In Their Lifetime, 9/2013  "Nineteen Eighty-Four" [1949 novel] by George Orwell [1903-50]

                                   

POLITICS

1) Learn about Progressives versus Barbarians & Fascists

2) Learn about the history of Labor Movements

3) Read about Labor Movements in America

4) Participate in America's national elections {or same in your own country}

                                   

"An Essay Concerning Human Understanding" [1690] by John Locke
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Essay_Concerning_Human_Understanding

"A Treatise of Human Nature" [1739] by David Hume
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Treatise_of_Human_Nature

"An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding" [1748] by David Hume
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Enquiry_Concerning_Human_Understanding

"An Enquiry Concerning The Principles of Morals" [1751] by David Hume
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Enquiry_Concerning_the_Principles_of_Morals

"Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen" [France 1790]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_the_Rights_of_Man_and_of_the_Citizen

"Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen" [France 1793]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declaration_of_the_Rights_of_Man_and_Citizen_of_1793

'The Four Freedoms'
from U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt [1882-1945] in his State of The Union Address of 6 January 1941

"The Universal Declaration of Human Rights"
adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Declaration_of_Human_Rights

                                   

I got thinking about webcasting a few of the more basic Working Minds essays as lectures, about how that would work, what hardware & software
might be needed, and even went shopping for a webcam (a good one can be bought for $100), but will do nothing about that until after the fascist control
of Congress and the Supreme Court are reversed.
I also checked on the non-profit Khan Academy website to see what has already been covered, and discovered that there is not one lecture there
on philosophy. Maybe the time will arrive to institute the Institute. So stay tuned, more info here as events occur.

— G.E. Nordell, September 2012

                                   

[copyright 2011-2014 by Gary Edward Nordell, all rights reserved]




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