Functional Philosophy #80

(1) What Is Focus? (2) Generalization in Everyday Life (3) Success & Sex

In this episode of Functional Philosophy, I answer the following questions:

00:39 - "Speaking anecdotally, I have noticed when I am sleep deprived, something occurs to me, or I am unwell I lose attention and sometimes daydream. Is this what Ayn Rand meant by focus? How should I think about these kinds of situations? Can you be volitionally focused, while there are other factors making it hard to think clearly? Is recognising a lack of attention and the need to do something about it an act of focus?"

10:33 - "How much and what kind of generalising ought an average person do in their own life? I'm assuming they are not theoretical scientists, philosophers or intellectuals. Is having proper concepts and making proper identifications enough or do you need to make new integrations in day to day life? What is the proper policy towards induction and conceptualisation for the man on the street?"

16:03 - "In today's world, how much should a man invest in romantic relationships? Given the culture and the sense of life of most people out there today, does it make sense to be out pursuing women actively? And if so what should one do? I have recently become interested in a romantic relationship but I haven't achieved anything great or worth celebrating in that kind of way. Is that wrong? Can an undistinguished person have romantic values?"

Functional Philosophy is the show in which Objectivist philosopher Charles Tew helps you gain and strengthen the philosophical foundations required to achieve certainty, success, and happiness. If you're curious to see how Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism can bring revolutionary clarity to your life, give it a listen.