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Question posted on February 23, 2014; 1 response
The universe appears to behave in logical ways. All of the individual physical components of the universe, as far as we can tell, are likely governed by logically consistent laws of physics. According to physicalism, human beings are nothing more...
Mind, Rationality Show

Question posted on January 31, 2014; 1 response
How can we be sure that dreaming is a real phenomenon? It seems like there is no scientifically objective way to know that a person is dreaming; the most we can do is ask them. We are relying...
Mind Show

Question posted on January 31, 2014; 2 responses
Is it wrong to fantasize about sex with children? If a pedophile never acts on their fantasies are they still guilty of having evil thoughts, assuming that their abstinence comes out of a genuine desire not to do harm?...
Children, Ethics, Mind, Sex Show

Question posted on November 28, 2013; 2 responses
Why do so many scholars and intellectuals think that language is necessary for thought? ...
Language, Mind Show

Question posted on November 21, 2013; 1 response
is the existing reality of a thought dependent upon our mind or upon on our external world? ...
Mind Show

Question posted on October 10, 2013; 1 response
Do you think that there are things humans cannot understand because our brains are limited? Philosopher Thomas Nagel was recently quoted as saying that there are surely truths that people cannot understand (and will never be able to understand), as...
Knowledge, Mind Show

Question posted on September 25, 2013; 1 response
Do philosophers consider psychology to be a science? If not, do they think philosophy should inform personal life values or psychiatric treatment?...
Mind, Science Show

Question posted on September 19, 2013; 1 response
What, if anything, can it possibly mean to deny the existence of the soul--the one and only thing that we have direct experience of? I can see why someone might deny the existence of a physical universe: we can only...
Mind Show

Question posted on September 19, 2013; 1 response
Are the intentions of a speaker or writer relevant to determining the meaning of what they say or write? It seems common to suppose so. For example, people will often try to argue for an interpretation of a book by...
Language, Mind Show

Question posted on September 19, 2013; 1 response
Does intelligence imply obligation? That is, if you can understand a situation better than other people, or have a generally higher aptitude for solving problems, are you obligated to use that capacity to better help society? Are you...
Ethics, Mind Show

Question posted on August 29, 2013; 1 response
Does what I think affect what I do or does what I do affect what I think?...
Mind Show

Question posted on August 22, 2013; 1 response
What characteristics essentially define an immaterial soul? I've heard philosophers define a soul as being an immaterial substance which possesses a range of mental capacities or dispositions, but they never really define its internal structure. Immateriality is merely a negative...
Mind Show

Question posted on August 8, 2013; 1 response
Although societal pressures do play a role, does atheism manifest itself mostly due to an inborn lack of religious "sense" rather than hearing the logical arguments against God or a life force? Research has shown that autistic people are very...
Mind, Religion Show

Question posted on August 1, 2013; 1 response
I'm currently reading Simon Blackburn's "Think", in which he claims to use metaphysics to all but explain away the idea of Cartesian dualism. He claims that if it were true that the mind is distinct from the body, that it...
Mind Show

Question posted on June 20, 2013; 1 response
Does our mind alter our perception of taste from the way things look and/or previous experiences? ...
Mind, Perception Show

Question posted on June 13, 2013; 1 response
I have been reading a recently published book about the existence of all things (e.g. addressing the question, "Why is there something rather than nothing?"), and am struck by an interesting issue I see in the book and others like...
Existence, Mind 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 May 15, 2013; 1 response
It is known that our thoughts are energy and originate from the mind. Our mind and thoughts are seperate from our brains and our physical body. So my question is what keeps the whole unit together, what's keeps our thoughts...
Mind Show

Question posted on May 9, 2013; 1 response
Is it a common view among philosophers that human beings are simply biological computers? Doesn't this view reduce philosophy of mind to solely neuroscience?...
Mind Show

Question posted on April 4, 2013; 1 response
Are we responsible for forgetting things? It certainly doesn't seem like it, since we don't seem to have control over what we forget, but we are often held to the standard of always remembering all pertinent facts....
Ethics, Mind Show




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