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Question posted on October 23, 2014; 1 response
Are 'dangerous' and 'aesthetically ugly' one and the same thing? I read somewhere once, that arachnophobia evolved as a defence mechanism against dangerous spiders. Even though most spider species are harmless, this evolved response is still there, as it is...
Beauty, Biology Show

Question posted on September 25, 2014; no responses
Is it irrational for the fashion industry or anyone else to consider tall slim women (at least 5'8") more beautiful than slim women who are 5'7" or 5'6"?. In other words, is our sense of the aesthetic ingrained biologically so...
Beauty, Biology Show

Question posted on February 23, 2014; 1 response
Hello, My name is Ana I have recently read several articles on the subjects of evolution and religion. Many have been to support either theory about which is true but, not one has been to support both equally. My questions is...
Biology, Religion Show

Question posted on February 6, 2014; 2 responses
Does allowing one's child to become obese constitute child abuse?...
Biology, Children, Ethics Show

Question posted on January 7, 2014; 1 response
In a review for Thomas Nagel's Mind and Cosmos, John Dupré, takes issue with Nagel's assertion that reductive materialism is regarded as the only serious philosophical possibility within mainstream philosophy. According to Dupré, reductionism has been almost entirely rejected by...
Biology Show

Question posted on November 21, 2013; 1 response
If an environment, or just a very secluded 'biome' was artificially produced would it still be considered 'beautiful'? Even considering that this particular secluded artificial environment had a perfectly in sync ecosystem, was self-sustaining, and never tired of resources for...
Beauty, Biology Show

Question posted on November 14, 2013; 1 response
My amateurish reading of popular science books tells me that it is generally thought that all life descended from one original single-celled creature. Perhaps if the conditions of the world were better ‘tuned’ for life, then I suppose life...
Biology Show

Question posted on October 31, 2013; 1 response
are we programed to respond favorably to those subjects that we consider beautiful, rather than considering them unappealing. I imagine if we did not have positive responses to things we consider beautiful, it would make our lives extremely...
Beauty, Biology Show

Question posted on September 5, 2013; 1 response
Are there universal principles in healthcare, or is ethics in health care relativistic?...
Biology, Ethics Show

Question posted on July 25, 2013; 1 response
Do I have an obligation to be healthy in virtue of the fact that my health problems contribute to higher health care premiums for other people? ...
Biology, Ethics Show

Question posted on June 7, 2013; 1 response
Let's say when we measure the brainwaves of someone who is actually deluded and the brainwaves of someone who is fervently religious, they match up to an extraordinary degree. Are we justified to say that the religious person is deluded...
Biology, Mind, Religion Show

Question posted on April 25, 2013; 1 response
Why Nature selected only 2 genders through evolution, why not 3, 4 or any other number?...
Biology Show

Question posted on April 18, 2013; 1 response
Do we have an interest in our survival as a species? Would it be a bad thing if humans went extinct? I can see why it would be bad if, say, all of the humans on earth were killed. But suppose...
Biology Show

Question posted on April 4, 2013; 1 response
A frequent criticism of things like life extensionism or human genetic modification is that, if successful, such technologies would cause us to be no longer human, or to lose our humanity. My question is, why is that a bad thing?...
Biology Show

Question posted on March 21, 2013; 1 response
I'm against Designer Babies. Is there any rule in ethics that makes it wrong? We can think of many problems with it, like kids who have better genes will bully others, and the parents get to choose talents that might...
Biology, Children, Ethics Show

Question posted on December 6, 2012; 1 response
Look at what I just read in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: "2. You could not have been born of different parents. (Someone born of different parents wouldn't be you.) (...) Each of these claims appears to have a true reading." Do...
Biology, Identity Show

Question posted on July 26, 2012; 1 response
Can Darwinian science explain the uncanny fact that a crow both looks and sounds ugly whereas as a prettier bird makes a prettier song? What possible purpose could such an aesthetic unity serve and why would humans be able to...
Beauty, Biology Show

Question posted on July 12, 2012; 1 response
To what extent is one responsible for how accomplished one can be in life? Many assume that hard work is all that is needed. Personally i'm in college, and i've been getting A's because of hard work. I am however...
Biology, Education Show

Question posted on January 3, 2012; 2 responses
Philosophers debate persistence conditions for personal identity because everything about us seems to change, including our cells, our memories, and our bodies. But DNA doesn't change and it codes for specfic traits in every cell of the human body. It's...
Biology, Identity Show

Question posted on December 20, 2011; 2 responses
The idea underlying many concepts of illness is that something has gone wrong with a biological system and some part of that system which has gone awry must be restored to it's proper function. The proper function of a biological...
Biology, Mind Show




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