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Question posted on November 13, 2014; 1 response
Suppose we are to believe that the soul exists. If the body is extinguished upon death, then is any type of afterlife in which the soul survives impossible? To me, the body is the soul's material basis; the soul is...
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Question posted on October 30, 2014; 1 response
Hello, My name is Kyle, I'm a physics student. I have zero training in philosophy, save for an introductory philosophy course in my freshman year. I've been thinking about something quite frequently, and would like to hear an opinion from...
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Question posted on September 18, 2014; 2 responses
Is it even conceivable to think about absolutely nothing?...
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Question posted on August 7, 2014; 1 response
Is mathematics independent of human consciousness? ...
Mathematics, Mind Show

Question posted on July 31, 2014; 2 responses
Hi, I'll just share my experiences as below and would just like to ask what principle or theory that could possibly explain the phenomenon? And what term you call it? I'm a computer programmer. Sometimes there are program logic related problems that...
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Question posted on June 12, 2014; 3 responses
I have a question about "solved" games, and the significance of games to artificial intelligence. I take it games provide one way to assess artificial intelligence: if a computer is able to win at a certain game, such as chess,...
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Question posted on May 22, 2014; 1 response
Is judging a person by their intelligence analogous to racism? A person can't help the genetics that determines their intellectual capacity and the belief in the superiority of intelligent people seems to arguably be a basis for social inequalities....
Mind, Race, Value Show

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...
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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?...
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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...
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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

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