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Question posted on March 5, 2015; no responses
Dear AskPhilosophers, I recently came across your website and thought it might be a good way to dialogue with philosophers from various scopes and perspectives. I'm currently studying biochemistry, but I've always been interested in...
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Question posted on February 9, 2015; 1 response
I am a scientist with very strong desire for personal growth.I acknowledge the undeniable practical values of science in making better world. However, I am wondering how being a scientist would contribute to my own growth and self-actualization.(regardless of financial...
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Question posted on December 18, 2014; 2 responses
Look at what I've just read on the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: "There are no laws of nature that hold just for the planet Earth (or the Andromeda Galaxy, for that matter), nor are there any that hold just for...
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Question posted on December 18, 2014; 1 response
When does successful prediction provide strong evidence? ...
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Question posted on December 4, 2014; 1 response
Is there a good definition of magic which does not rule out the existence of magic, but also does not imply that actually magic exists? Magic cannot be "the ability to do impossible things", since this is a contradiction. I...
Religion, Science Show

Question posted on December 4, 2014; 1 response
Which branches of philosophy are more likely to be made redundant due to advances in science, and which ones are more likely to endure despite major advances in science? Joe W....
Philosophy, Science Show

Question posted on November 20, 2014; 1 response
The question comes out of an thought experiment which goes like this: Suppose i ask you to choose a random word from English dictionary. And I tell you to find its definition. Now the definition of the word will also...
Language, Science Show

Question posted on September 30, 2014; 1 response
It is commonly believed that what falls under the domain of science is what is "objective". I put "objective" in quotation marks for the following reasons: everything we perceive is not immune to our circumstances, for example, the school we...
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Question posted on September 4, 2014; 1 response
Does the acceptance of scientific naturalism commit one to the view that the universe is devoid of all meaning?...
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Question posted on July 31, 2014; 1 response
Woods cut from trees have certain physical properties that a reductionist might claim are expressions of atomic or sub-atomic phenomena (mostly empty space, though we experience wood as hard). Since the tree is alive can reductionism account for the role...
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Question posted on June 19, 2014; 2 responses
In regards to deductivism and the work of Karl Popper, it's possible to deduce statements which are consistent with science's current understanding of something. These statements are hypotheses and some are testable, and hence scientific, and others are not testable,...
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Question posted on April 17, 2014; 1 response
I am relatively new to philosophy, as I am in an introductory philosophy class. My question is what made Francis Bacon's scientific method scientific since he was a lawyer or more into politics being he was more a political person...
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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 August 22, 2013; 1 response
It seems to me that today's rationality is completely irrational in a sense that it attacks everything that is not rational. But who define what is rational? For example, many people like to back up their beliefs by scientific arguments...
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Question posted on August 15, 2013; 2 responses
Does the principle of increased entropy support or challenge the Cosmological argument? I am getting mixed messages and am unsure which if any are valid....
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Question posted on August 15, 2013; 1 response
Are empirical questions inherently non-philosophical? If answers to those questions can be determined by polling or science, should philosophers never address them?...
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Question posted on July 3, 2013; 1 response
Is it possible to make scientific observations through armchair philosophy while bypassing the scientific method? For example, a caveman with a powerful brain might have been able to hypothesize and describe in detail what radio is despite not a single...
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Question posted on July 3, 2013; 1 response
What do people mean when they say (as when cautioning against the validity of a scientific study, for example) that "correlation does not imply causation"? Isn't causation just perfect correlation? And if so, doesn't that mean that the caveat in...
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Question posted on May 2, 2013; 1 response
What does allow scientist to make moral and ethical judgements? I always thought that science is purely neutral and objective(yes I know this is an illusion, even if we destroy all bias and all string pullers(government, private/commercial sector) still even...
Ethics, Science Show

Question posted on April 18, 2013; 1 response
Is the claim that all scientists believe in man made global warming and thus so should you an illegitimate appeal to authority?...
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