Ask the next person a philosophical question

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  1. Julie

    Julie Well-Known Member

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    Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
     
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    Anakin King of TFF

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    Literally it would be the egg, as a species that pre-dates the chicken would have laid it.

    Does sound happen if nothing is present to hear it?
     
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    Presuming that sound is the wave motion rather than its effect on the eardrum, yes.

    If a man says something and there's no woman around to hear, is he still wrong?
     
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  4. Taliesyn

    Taliesyn It's a feral reality out there, kids.

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    No, but he still isn't brave enough to say it above a whisper.

    If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?
     
  5. anonymous

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    Therefore I have succeeded in failing, and I have achieved what I wanted.

    If you had to choose between your pets life, and some of random stranger, you do not know is the stranger a bad or a good person, which will you choose and why?
     
  6. Lord Yuan

    Lord Yuan Hell Woman

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    Random stranger, the why is outlined in that huge thread where this was a topic and I attempted to convince people that not all people are evil and that if a human writes a book they are already more productive for the future than a pet cat (sorry pet cats I have but you bums can't even read).

    What is your opinion on the idea of a Socrates utopia? Like, a ton of media control and stuff but a utopia environment.
     
  7. Sparrow

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    Utopia, even the idea of it... is evil.
    People need pain and sorrow, if only to appreciate the one life they're given.

    If there is life after death, would you choose to live forever?
     
  8. Lord Yuan

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    No, I'm committed to the world I'm in now. I'd rather live forever in this world just so I can try and make it less garbage for the future. Life after death seems like an easy escapism card, knowing that the other world exists and still has massive amounts of suffering would spoil it all.

    Would you want to live forever in any capacity?
     
  9. Kelmourne

    Kelmourne The Savage Hippy

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    Under the condition that I can suicide at will, although I doubt I would take that option for several hundred years at least. The biggest problem with not socializing with anyone and focusing on learning skills is that you may end up dying lonely, but if you're immortal you could never die, so I could be free to just disappear to an island somewhere and practice music for 80 years straight.

    Is anything ever absolutely knowable with 100% certainty?
     
  10. Ender-Zero

    Ender-Zero Ruff Mercenary

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    Yes.

    Why need there be a thread, solely dedicated to philosophical questions when there is one, currently, dedicated to asking all sorts of questions; by this I mean need this exist when we have an existing body that encompasses it and more already, such like that of Tropicana Orange juice and all other orange juices, for surely Tropicana reigns supreme among all the juices yet the repetition of other orange juice is perhaps what makes the forementioned great in it's regard?
     
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  11. Julie

    Julie Well-Known Member

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    Well, yes of course a thread for only philosophical thread is needed! Imagine the dread on peoples faces when they are looking for a complex existential problem to distract them from the trivialities of every day life, and they come across: whats your favorite soda drink?



    Are babies minds like a blank slate?
     
  12. Lord Yuan

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    I like to think that the slate of the mind is kind of like a madlibs book. There are bounds for human potential and how people can be born, and as animals we have some degree of feral instinct.

    Do you think there is such a thing as a singular concept of "human nature"?
     
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    Yes, and we created it. You can live within it or outside of it.

    Do embryos deserve human rights immediately after conception?
     
  14. S.J. Faerlind

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    Oooo... great question and a touchy subject!
    Under some circumstances I'd say I'm OK with the idea of abortion. Under others, I'd say that I'm definitely not OK with it. "Human rights" suggests to me that embryos could not be aborted under any circumstances if they were afforded human rights after conception. If that's the case I'd have to answer "no". In my mind if a child is likely to be born and live a miserable existence with no quality of life (like with some birth defects for example), I think it's kinder not to put him/her through that. I do however feel that embryos deserve the right to have their existence be fairly evaluated. Sometimes I think they get aborted because somebody made a stupid mistake and abortion is a convenient way of fixing it. I don't agree with that.

    How important do you think it is for people to maintain some kind of connection to the natural world?
     
  15. Overread

    Overread Wolfing it up! Staff Member

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    I would rather that we had no concept of natural and manmade environments since there is no true man made environment that exists in isolation from the natural world (at least upon the Earth - space stations are pretty man made and isolated). As such I'd rather people respected and were made vastly more aware of the "natural" world simply by being made aware of the world itself around them. It pains me that we teach kids so many things at school, but subjects like identification of plants, animals etc... is often only focused upon as distraction or childish lessons never reinforced at latter stages in education .



    As for my question - its in my signature
     
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    If the odds are insurmountable than best to run and fight another day.
    If not, you should stand your ground.

    If it was scientifically/technologically possible that you could live the perfect life while you sleep and all within a dream, would you trade your real life for that virtual life?
     
  17. Kelmourne

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    I would once I turn 70, or if I become crippled/vegetabled. Not right now though thats for sure.

    What is going on inside the conscious mind of hospital patients in vegetative states?
     
  18. S.J. Faerlind

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    I'm lucky enough not to have a clue and I hope I never get to find out.

    Why do you think we ask ourselves philosophical questions?
     
  19. Lord Yuan

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    Not everybody does, some people are complacent with just the world as it is. Others have a healthy curiosity.

    What makes a person "human"?
     
  20. Turambar

    Turambar Harebrained Staff Member

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    I would say that that is not exactly a philosophical question, as it is decided by our genetic makeup. The borderland of a theoretical ape/human hybrid or cellular chimera would be interesting - I would really wonder whether the resulting person would qualify as a human, though. On the other hand, it's probably one of the few things I wouldn't want to get an answer to, as the necessary experiment would be beyond anything humane...

    I a broarder sense, I am not sure whether persons, so to say, have an actual choice to be human. With the possible exception of a few pshychopathologies, I don't think people have a choice but to operate within the restrictions provided by society and experience. Even though that might be different to the casual observer.


    Would you think life would be better if death were not to exist?