You need to read, think, and talk about Philosophy. Why? Because it worked for Einstein.

When it comes to Thought, humanity generally has a quantity problem, not necessarily a quality problem. The sheer volume of thoughts an average person has each day, some 12 to 60 thousand, is enough to confuse one's cognition to the point of ineptitude. It is a common enough occurrence to struggle with what to do, to say, to believe, and to feel. Deciphering what is good, best and worst from the spectrum of possibility is an exercise of the mind. The mind must have both the strength and skill to accomplish the task. It is said that the strength of the mind is static or slow to change, but its skill seems quite amendable. It is the skill of the mind, or the technique, which enables it to process thousands of thoughts in a day and translate those thoughts into actionable Reason. How should one think? That is the question.

Philosophy directly translated means love of wisdom. Across the ages, philosophy has come to represent and enrich all aspects of Thought. The ancient world introduced Thought to the reason within mysticism, Medieval thinkers taught of the logic within belief, the Enlightenment gave Thought the structure and support is needed, and the last century has questioned everything regarding truth and value. To study philosophy is to study the history, progress, and utility of Thought. Wrestling with the deep quandaries of philosophy forces the mind to develop its skill and ability. The ability of the mind, once cultivated, becomes a clarifying force that empowers a well-lived life. The mind is a blade and philosophy the stone which hones it to discern.

Albert Einstein received a standard education in philosophy at both the secondary and university level, something modern students are already bereft of. However, Einstein’s interest in philosophy was much more than just academic. After Einstein graduated from university and failed to get into a graduate program, he took a job as a patent clerk. It was during this time that Einstein founded the Olympia Academy with two of his acquaintances. The Olympia Academy was little more than an informal book club. It did not pick up an impressive number of members, it did not produce great books or lectures, it did not even leave a meaningful record of its meetings. The Olympia Academy achieved nothing of consequence, except for facilitating the study of philosophy in between its members. Einstein would later write that it was studying the history and philosophy of science that enabled him to think beyond the scope of his peers. Furthermore, Einstein claimed that the discovery of relativity itself came while reading Hume. Einstein’s mind was indeed great, but it needed the skill and cultivation of philosophy to achieve its potential. It might be said that the Academy helped spur Einstein on through his Ph.d and into the annals of scientific history.

Positive Perspectives is a blog, a club, and an idea dedicated to bolstering critical thinking and expanding intellectual perspectives. The spirit of the Olympia Academy is resurrected in this coalition of minds devoted to the study of Thought. Through the grappling of ideas and minds facilitated by the works of history’s great thinkers and through the dialogues of its meetings, Positive Perspectives challenges, and examines all aspects of Thought. The study of the philosophy unlocked the universe for Einstein. What else will the study of philosophy unlock? Positive Perspectives is committed to answering this question.