We are glad to inform you of our new subject, Visual Philosophy. It is a course designed to inculcate and develop a process of thinking in the students. Philosophy means the search for truth and visual philosophy is the subject that teaches how to do it. Rather than only focusing on end results, it focuses on visualization of the process involved in the search. It combines the study of human brain anatomy, human psychology, philosophy, language, logic and mathematics to provide all the necessary tools to the students to better utilize their skills and knowledge in their respective fields.
This course has been designed keeping in mind the students of four years undergraduate programs as well as the students involved in postgraduate studies. At the undergraduate level, the course is intended to be taught in the 6th semester, for MS and MPhil students in the 1st semester, for MBBS students in the final year and for PhD students this course should be conducted as a workshop.
The course content has been kept general so that the course can be used in any field and at any level. For Bachelors level student, the course will help the students in their final year projects particularly research projects. At the same time, it will help them in developing relations between different subjects they study. For postgraduate research students, it will be useful in the process of idea generation as well as in carrying out original research. The course can be equally useful for students undertaking commerce studies. There has been a lack of new theories in the fields of economics and commerce for quite some time now. This has led to the present economic crisis in the world today. This lack of new economic models and theories can be related to the absence of some key subjects, mathematics and philosophy, in the studies of commerce and economics. Visual Philosophy can provide the necessary tools to future economists. For students of medical sciences too, the course can prove to be very useful. For example, it can greatly help medical professionals in the analysis of diseases and detection of patterns and cycles of diseases in different patients.
The contents of the course have been divided in 11 chapters each of which deals with a major area of the course.
Chapter 1 : provides an introduction of the subject in general and the course, the reasons for teaching it, its objectives and targets and the way it should be studied.
Chapter 2 : outlines the anatomy of the human brain, describes its sensory systems, memory system and its food requirements. The chapter then goes on to explain the method of working of the human brain, its diseases and finally the Brain-Body relation.
Chapter 3 : discusses Language. Starting with the history of human language, the chapter introduces the pillars of language and the language of brain. The chapter also discusses the processes of reading and writing and concludes by explaining the different forms of writing.
Chapter 4 : discusses the term ideas in general. The chapter starts with an introduction to the fundamental concepts of the terminology and its importance, explains its types and then concludes with a discussion on the connection between ideas and the physical world.
Chapter 5 : focuses on logic. It introduces the basic concepts and discusses the differences between western and eastern concepts of logic. It introduces the two fundamental processes involved in logic, induction and deduction.
Chapter 6 : is concerned with knowledge. The chapter begins with the definition of information. It then discusses the difference between knowledge and information and presents a conversion formula to convert information to knowledge. The chapter concludes with a discussion in the limitations and the extent of human knowledge.
Chapter 7 : discusses the fundamental concepts of mathematics. The chapter does not attempt to introduce or explain mathematical techniques. Rather, it focuses on the philosophy behind mathematics. It also explains the concepts of equality, inequality, functions, postulates and theorems.
Chapter 8 : focuses on the role of religion in the entire process. Without concentrating on any particular religion, the chapter first discusses the concept of faith and the importance of will. Then, it goes on to explain the relationship between Allah, human and nature.
Chapter 9 : introduces the role of science. The chapter starts with an explanation of the fundamental concepts of science in general and discusses its types.
Chapter 10 : provides two applied examples, Artificial Intelligence and Expert systems, to enable the student in better appreciating the previously gained knowledge. The chapter first discusses the concepts of AI and attempts to develop a relationship of AI with humans. Secondly, expert systems have been discussed. At the end, a relation between expert systems and visual philosophy is explained.
Chapter 11 : the last chapter, focuses on research. The chapter attempts to unify all the previous chapters and develops relations between them.
At the end, we would like to thank you for taking out the time to read this introduction of Visual Philosophy. This introduction is being sent to over a hundred selected national and international institutions of higher education to get their views of the course so that a suitable plan can be worked out to launch the course. We request you to kindly let us know of your views about the subject. We would be glad to receive your comments about the course.
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