Even Forbes is celebrating the inroads that philosophy majors are making into seemingly unrelated fields like the Tech Industry:
“Stewart Butterfield [is] Slack’s 42-year-old cofounder and CEO, whose estimated double-digit stake in the company could be worth $300 million or more. He’s the proud holder of an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Canada’s University of Victoria and a master’s degree from Cambridge in philosophy and the history of science.
“Studying philosophy taught me two things,” says Butterfield, sitting in his office in San Francisco’s South of Market district, a neighborhood almost entirely dedicated to the cult of coding. “I learned how to write really clearly. I learned how to follow an argument all the way down, which is invaluable in running meetings. And when I studied the history of science, I learned about the ways that everyone believes something is true–like the old notion of some kind of ether in the air propagating gravitational forces–until they realized that it wasn’t true.””
Philosophy majors include a host of amazing people
Want to have the same major as Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and David Souter? Film directors Terrence Malik, Wes Anderson, Ethan Cohen, and Wes Craven? Writers David Foster Wallace, E.L. Doctorow, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn? Cartoonist and The Simpsons Creator Matt Groening? Civil Rights Activists Stokely Carmichael and Angela Davis? Business giants Peter Theil, Carly Fiorna, and George Soros? Nobel Peace Prize winner and human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi? They all majored in philosophy.
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