William James - Philosopher/Psychologist. He was most noted as a psychologist but enters the ranks of the Philosophers because of his definition of truth, according to Bertrand Russell. William James says that if enough people believe in something and it makes them happy to do so, then what they believe in must be true. And, of course, from this type of philosophic logic we can conclude that the world was, in fact, flat at one point in history and that the earth was at one time truly the center of the universe - and Elvis Presley is not really dead. If this makes William James a Philosopher where does that put my Mother who used to say to me as an 'a priori' proof of pure ignorance and stupidity, "so if everybody was going to jump off a bridge, you would too, I suppose, dimwit?!" William James's Grandfather was a multi-millionaire, which left William's father with virtually nothing to do. So, he devoted his life to studying theology and became a Presbyterian. William and his brother (the successful novelist) both had serious mental problems. They both suffered from severe depression, and William, a serious hypochondriac, contemplated suicide very sincerely and for a long, long time. Their sister Alice was pretty much a wacko from the get-go. Most biographers attribute all of this to their stern Presbyterian upbringing. I wouldn't know. I have never even met a Presbyterian, but this family's story should be enough of a warning to any of us in the case that we ever do. How does a thinker recognize that he has attained a rational concept, asks James. "Subjectively," he answers, "by a strong feeling of ease, peace, and rest." Well, that does it. I have always had my suspicions, but this confirms what I have, in the past, only suspected. Truth, in reality, is really sex. I mean, that is the only time that I have ever, ever felt - ease, peace, and, rest. I wonder if this also means that Truth is primarily a 'male' thing. I'm not sure about this but I think that Truth for the female of the species is . . . hot fudge. You girls out there will have to let me know, or maybe we could compare? (Please, don't ask me about this when the old battle-ax is around). William went from almost totally out of his mind to prominent psychologist traveling about the world becoming rich and famous by telling people whatever it was that he thought that they might like to hear. He did real well until one day he started telling people that war was no good. People did not want to hear this and William took a lot of static over it. He became a para-psychologist (nothing to do with jumping out of airplanes) and a ghost hunter. He also introduced Gertrude Stein to the technique of automatic writing, after which she became very, very famous writing poetry that no one could understand. The study of William James's life makes one fact very clear - if you, as a student, find yourself leaning to the discipline of Psychology, you probably have mental problems of a potentially serious nature, and should forget about Psychology altogether and take a creative cooking course conducted by Emeril Lagasse, Bamb! Bamb! Bamb! Either that or see a psychiatrist as soon as possible.
Books by Richard Edward Noble. Click on covers below for more info and purchasing instructions.
Classic Tragic Novel
Don't Laugh - This Could Have Been Your Life
Funny stories and some strange characters.
Monkey Dishes and Cocktail Fawks
My Harrowing days in the restaurant business. Great Read.
It's a Long Story
Long Short Fiction - Great stories!
Bloggin' Be My Life
"Bloggin' be My Life" contains a selection of some of my more popular Hobo Philosopher blogs.If you enjoy reading this blog, you should love Bloggin' Be My Life.
It's All About Love
It's All About Love is ... all about love. This is the 2nd book of poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford off Arlington. Every poem in this book comes with a prose introduction. If you enjoy poetry this is a simple choice. Have fun!
A Little Something
Traditional poetry from The Bard From Chelmsford Off Arlington with some poignant prose introductions. If you enjoy any type of poetry, you will enjoy this volume. Thanks.
Talking To Myself
This is my third book of poetry.
Bits and Pieces
The Hobo Philosopher - My first book using the Hobo Philosopher brand. Featuring a variety of writing styles and ideas. Look for the Thoughtful Hobo on the cover.
A Baker's Dozen
The Hobo Philosopher: My Second book of Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Short Stories. All varieties of short stories - lots of laughs!
Cat Point - and Them Dang Oyster People
Cat Point is the sequel to "The Eastpointer." Both books contain humorous tales about life in a fishing community on the Florida Panhandle. Lots of laughs.
Won 1st Place award for humor in 2007 from Florida Press Association. More wit, wisdom and humor from the yet to be world famous author, R.E. Noble
A Summer with Charlie - Lawrence
Fiction - Salisbury Beach, Lawrence, Mass. Featured in Merrimack Valley Magazine July /Aug. issue 2010
Travel, Humor, Commentary on migrant farm work and illegal immigration still very pertinent today.
"Just Hangin' Out Ma"
Thank God for the Street Corners of Lawrence, Mass. Anecdotes and humorous escapades about growing up in an industrial mill town in the 40s,50s and 60s.
This is the sequel to "Just Hangin' Out, Ma"
That Old Gang of Mine
This is # 3 in my Lawrence Hometown series. The series is about growing up in the 40's, 50's and 60's in an industrial mill town. Sorta like a Huck Finn goes to vist Uncle Ralph, the bus driver, who lives in a big, rundown city. Lots of fun.
Come On-A My House
This is # 4 in my Lawrence Hometown series.The old homested at 32 Chelmsford ST is pictured on the cover..
Down By The Old Mill Stream
# 5 in the Lawrence My Hometown series.
Standing on the Corner is # 6 in the lawrence My Hometown series.
The old Howard Playstead on Lawrence St.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
# 7 in the Lawrence my Hometown series.
Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother
Classic tragic novel written from child's perspective. Deals with abuse, poverty, unemployment. Pulls no punches.
Noble Notes on Famous Folks
Humorous, satirical notes on everybody from Constantine to Bill Clinton. Inspiration: Willy Cuppy.
America on Strike
History - documented survey of labor strikes in America
Mein Kampf - An Analysis of Book One
Who are the American Nazis - the Liberals or the Conservatives?
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