Why don’t Africans engage in ontological discussions?


Ozodi Osuji

I have not run into an African who engages in ontological (search for the origin of the universe), epistemological (search for a way to figure out what is true knowledge), and metaphysical (engaging in speculations on the nature of reality) discussions.
What I see are Africans who easily tell you that they are Christians or Muslims, unaware that those contain ideas that are either Jewish or Arabic in genesis, and carry the world views of Semitic Middle Easterners, and therefore not universally, demonstrably true; some of them spout what they call their African religions, unaware that those are mostly pre-rational and pre-scientific conceptions of reality and not true, according to the rules of rationalism, logic, and science.
So, why do Africans not engage in attempts to figure out the truth both at the metaphysical and physical (science) levels? Why are Africans mere consumers of other people’s ideas and material products and services?
A few of them engage in syncretism and synthesis, the merging African religions with Christianity, what Pentecostal Nigerian Christian pastors do (they actually take the bunch of rubbish they talk as the truth of what Yeshua Ben Joseph, who the Greeks called Jesus, taught).
I assume that Africans are like people all over the world and, as such, there are very brilliant ones among them. We have learned from IQ testing that the typical human being has average IQ (85-110) and over eighty percent of the human race are average; about two percent of the human race are mentally retarded (have IQ of under 70), about ten percent of the people are above average in IQ (115-130…these are the professionals of this world, the medical doctors, engineers , business managers, top bureaucrats, and professors) and about two percent are mentally gifted (have IQ of over 132). We are unable to quantify genius but assume that probably one in a few million people is of genius quality (they generally have IQ of over 140, although high IQ alone does not make one a genius; there are very gifted sociopaths, psychopaths and criminals in our jails and prisons; they certainly are not what we mean by genius; by genius we mean folks like Jesus, Newton, Einstein, Helen Schucman…she had IQ of 160 and wrote the best spiritual psychology that any human being has ever written).
I assume that this spread of intelligence exists in Africa. If so, where are the one percent of humanity that are truly intelligent and the few of them that search for the truth, the philosophers, and meta-scientists in Africa?
Where are the original thinkers of humanity in Africa? I really would like to run into one such African. I am sick and tired of running into average or above average Africans but not gifted Africans. I know that there are gifted Africans, where are you, if you are one?
It is now time for the gifted African to start showing the world what they are made of. If you are one such African, please start giving to the world the gifts that nature and nature’s God reposed in you. Some of us would like to read what you wrote (and I am not talking about fiction writers, novelist, and playwrights; any high school dropout who is artistic can write good novels or plays but that does not make him a thoughtful person…with exceptions, of course; William Shakespeare was very philosophical, his Hamlet beats what most philosophers write).
I would like to read Africans who operate on the level of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius’, Epictetus, Meister Eckhart, Saint John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Nicolo Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, David Hume, George Berkeley, John Stuart Mill, Jeremy Bentham, Karl Marx, Leibnitz, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Feuerbach, Nietzsche, Herbert Spencer, Henri Bergson, William James, Shankara, Buddha, Lao Tze, Ramanuja, Ramakrishna, Ramana Maharshi, Mary Baker Edie, Myrtle Filmore, Ernest Holmes, Helen Schucman and the other giants in our human effort to understand reality at the philosophical and religious level.
I would like to sit down and talk with such Africans; I am really tired of always having to endure talking to average Africans. Where are the superstars in Africans intellectual life?
The best two weeks in my life was when I was at graduate school, at the University of California, and was in London and ran into a German student and we spent two weeks talking philosophy…and occasionally making forays into the physical sciences and its superstars, such as Galileo Galilei, Kepler, Tycho Brahe, Christian Huygens, Isaac Newton, Boyle, Dalton, Thomas Young, James Clark Maxwell, J.J Thompson, Henri Becquerel, Pierre and Marie Curie, Ludwig Boltzmann, Max Plank, Ernest Rutherford, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Eugene Broglie, Werner Herzenberg, Emile Schrodinger, Wolfgang Pauli, Paul Dirac, James Chadwick, Lise Meitner, Edwin Hobble, George Lemaitre, Alexander Friedman, George Gamow, Fred Hoyle, Murray Gell-Mann, John Wheeler, Eugene Wigner, Stephen Weinberg, Hugh Everett, John Bell, Alan Aspect, Alan Gott, Charles Darwin, Francis Crick, James Watson, Mendel, Alexander Flaming, Jenner, Pasteur, (Stephen Hawking’s ideas on Black Holes are not proven to be true, do black holes exist, does dark energy and dark matter exist?)and the few others whose ideas on physical phenomena make living worth the trouble.
Where are such Africans? I know that they exist!

Ozodi Osuji
January 20, 2023


A few years ago, I wrote a book called “Ideas that changed the world”; in it, I explicated the works of the philosophers and scientists mentioned in this essay, plus the great psychologists (Freud, Adler, Jung, Fromm, Horney, Watson, Skinner, Milgram, R.D. Laing, Albert Ellis, Aaron Beck, Abraham Maslow, and the neuroscientists), and the great technologists, such as James Watt, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, the Wright brothers, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Paul Allen and many others.

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