p.(x) = Big Data Determinism (2020) by planksip® Founder and Philosopher Daniel Sanderson

How is philosophy different from religion?

Do these two traditions have different parameters for debate and discussion?

Tonight I am going to start with a little subjective thought and counterpoint these thoughts with an objective framework to work through tonight's question. Let's set the stage for tonight's café. Appreciate the value in the following...

Tonight's narrator is a forensic philosopher, looking for the blind spots and filling the gaps with wisdom from the Hellenic and others.

Then I thought of Nietzsche in the decline of his mind, collapsing around the neck of an abused horse, he sobbed over the wretchedness of the situation. But why did he sob so? Imagine your mind's perception of reality collapsing in on itself to the point where your blind spots were as big as the harness will hold. This is worse than slavery, this is an eradication of truth. Imagine your mind eroding like that. Nietzsche saw the peak of the mountaintop but realized it would be an Überman to make it to the summit.
- Daniel Sanderson
Caspar David Friedrich 1774-1840 - Dutch Symbolist Painter

Topic: How is philosophy different from religion?

Sub Topic: Do these two traditions have different parameters for debate and discussion?

On to the Empirical - Change Management

In Religion how does debate happen?

In Philosophy how does debate happen?

I had to really dig deep with this question. My bias clearly places me on the side of philosophy. Knowing this I focus on any instance of change over time and compare my precious Sofia with the godma of the world's religions. Remember, look to the Delta, not the Oracle.

Speaking of the Oracle, a data scrape from the Oracle is acceptable, from the data we can then look for changes over time.

At the highest level, we have the two terms... Philosophy versus Religion

Using the P.A.S.F. filter, Google structures philosophy with Greek Philosophers (notice the Hellenic Hegemony) and cross-disciplinary fields as follows...

Greek Philosophers Correlated with Philosophy

Plato, Aristotle, Pythagoras, Parmenides, Heraclitus, Democritus, Epicurus, Zeno of Elea, Anaxagoras, Diogenes, Antisthenes, Gorgias, Plutarch, Hippocrates, Proclus, Chrysippus, Crates of Thebes, Archimedes, Solon, Thucydides, Archytas, Arcesilaus, Posidonius, Hypatia, Eudoxus of Cnidus, Galen, Strato of Lampsacus, Sotion, Adeimantus of Collytus, Socrates, Glaucon, Nicomachus, Hermias, Metrodorus of Lampsacus, Stilpo, Empedocles, Anaxarchus, Cornelius Castoriadis, Theophrastus, Euhemerus, Strabo, Hippo, Dio Chrysostom, Diagoras of Melos, Apollodorus of Athens Periander, Aristoxenus, Nausiphanes, Ion of Chios, and Menipppus.

Academic Fields Correlated with Philosophy

Science, Education, Ethics, History, Psychology, Art, Literature, Sociology, Politics, Epistemology, Logic, Music, Aesthetics, Translation, Mathematics, Physics, Language, Biology, Physiology, Spirituality, Law, Economics and Anthropology.

Religious Movies Correlated with the search term, "Religion"

Noah, The Passion of the Christ, Exodus: Gods and Kings, War Room, Courageous, Heaven is for Real, Silence, God's Not Dead, Soul Surfer, I Can Only Imagine, Son of God, Dogma, The Prince of Egypt, Fireproof, Facing the Giants, The Da Vinci Code, Evan Almighty, Bruce Almighty, One Night with the King, Jesus, The Last Temptation o..., The Mission, Monty Python's Life..., The Secrets ... Jonathan Sp..., Religulous, Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments, Last Days in the Desert, Leap of Faith, The Omega Code, The Apostle, Left Behind: The Movie, The Message, Left Behind II: Tribulation F..., The Greatest Story Ever T..., The Shack, The Nativity Story, Chariots of Fire, The Robe, Kink of Kings, The Gospel According to..., Megiddo: The Omega Cod..., Jesus of Montreal, Elmer Gantry, The Bible: In the Beginning, The Song of Bernadette, The Seventh Seal, PK, This is the End, and A Man for All Seasons.

People also search for... (Search term, "Religion")

Politics, History, Science, Education, Translation, Literature, Ethics, Writing, Music, Psychology, Technology, Geography, Mathematics, Violence, Sociology, Archaeology, Biology, Immigration, Biography and to my bias delight; Evolution.

In Philosophy, which is better? Asking questions or answering questions?

Let's beg the question (implying that asking questions is better), except in the case where theories can be falsified, in that case, answers are preferred. As you can see, there is a logical order or hierarchy forming here with evidence-based truth at the top, questions make up the middle ground and traditions, rituals and generational wisdom cradling the bottom. For all you religious fundamentalist out there this structure can easily be reversed by simply saying that evidence-based knowledge is fundamental as well as the top level of the structure. Doric as it may be, we live atop an Ancient Greek Hegemony.  

Google structures a schema panel with "Greek Philosophers" as axiomatic to the search term, "Philosopher". On its own, a response would return nothing but crickets, compared this to the search term, "Religion" and we see 50 movies (most of which appear to be Christian). If these results are not self-evident we have a fundamental mismatch of what constitutes a difference. Another question related to the value of the data is to wonder whether or not Google has included a geolocation variation in these search results? It doesn't appear so but you could see if there was the structure is already in place for some pretty powerful constructionist philosophy with blind spots surfacing in the data.

What if truth favored the instrumental outcomes of a ritual based, godmatic[1] society? It has happened in the past and we have the artwork to prove it, the longest of which must certainly be the creative output of Ancient Egypt. The cultural blinding would for sure be the death of God and the spread of godma[1:1], careful what you wish for. A shift to this particular paradigm of thought would look more like a smashing blow backward, away from the light has to be a violation to the allegory and embodiment of Saviour or Prophet or sacred text. Especially oppressive because we too have to see the mountaintop and waiting for the embodiment of the Übermensch to emerge. Waiting would be dark days indeed for Liberty with the blinders of light strapped to our face. Remember this is what happens when you see the domination of search terms populated with pop culture titles and all the godmatic mechanisms driving them.


  1. A planksip® play on words reverses the "dog" in dogmatic and dogma in favor of a softened autodidactic yet automatic equivalent promoted as autonomous. The goD allusion of autonomy is fiction narrative and is often redeptive at it's core. The only forme of existence for the allusion of GoD is the allusion itself about the illusion and humanities subsequent and continual attempts at interpreting consiousness, this is dubbed the "hard problem". Very simply you can't have doGma without a goD myth and you can't have goD without doGma, the hand of goD exists within and in around the likeness of an unquestionable goDma. ↩︎ ↩︎


What is an allegogy? This is a term that I structured to combine story-telling (allegory) within the structure of a pedagogy. Philosophy should take the lead in this initiative and not govern itself in Doing. Doing is the next Dasein or the Neo-Dasien or Dasein version 2.0 and if you are a faithful Hegelian, Doing is the antithesis of Dasein. The contradiction is not definite, Heidegger doesn't own the rights to Being in any forest, clearing or structureness. Let's digress to the mean within the general population, which defines Doing as a branch of a new practiced Philosophy called Applied Philosophy. This is my suggestion and if it were an area of Academic study, I would apply myself.