Yeah thats more in line with the Maslow pyramid of needs, with things like self-realization being the pursuits that succeed the securement of shelter and subsistence. Maybe the professionalization of it stemmed from this.theres a good book by pierre hadot called what is ancient philosophy which is about how philosophy originated as not the super abstracted academic field it is today but rather a quest to answer the question of how we should live and what practices might support that
Book has been effectively debunked as junk science to boot. Little support for its thesis and plenty to the contrary.That Matthew Walker book on sleep was what triggered the thread. I was looking at all the Guardian quotes on the cover about how "life changing" it was, the Bill Gates endorsement on Goodreads etc and becoming increasingly apprehensive. A science book published by Penguin with a load of bland quotes from journalists and business-types.
I’d say there’s a good pseudo-secular case to be made that life is itself God, or is in any case worth praising. That aspect of nature whereby inanimate molecules are constructed into animated macromolecules. The animation itself isn’t that inexplicable to me, but the ostensible predisposition of the universe toward this trend is."The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you."
Werner Heisenberg (Father of quantum physics)(via twitter obvs)