Philosophy is the love of knowledge, which makes it a good starting point for critical thinking. Unless we have a useful frame of reference, all else is folly.
Of course I can't explore all of philosophy in a few paragraphs but I can cover the important points.
The first question of philosophy is:
And of course the most useful answer is:
In other words, do WE create reality though observation (or some other interaction)? I'll answer this one quickly as well: if so, it doesn't matter. And with the inverse where we're in The Matrix, it's the same irrelivance.
I DO believe the concept of Plato's Cave is useful. Our observations ARE generally made in a subjective reality distortion field. We have to struggle to find the objective, which gets me to the point of this blog post:
My approach to philosophy is the scientific method, we make repeated observations then generalize about the next outcome without resorting to any ultimate or absolute conclusion. In other words, do the best with what we have and stay flexible.
Mine is a very practical philosophy - if I can find useful models, I'll use them until they are no longer useful.
And then I'll seek a new model.
And along the way, I'll keep an opened mind.