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Postby mtbturtle on January 21st, 2006, 2:09 pm 

We have a pretty large quote file already but if you have a favorite philosophical quote you would like to add, go ahead and post it here and we'll add it.

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Postby mtbturtle on January 21st, 2006, 2:16 pm 

I would like to put together a topic/question file to help spark discussions when things are quiet, slow.

Post your questions, topic suggestions here.

Hopefully, we'll have something set up in the next week or so.
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Some topic ideas

Postby mabus on January 21st, 2006, 7:20 pm 

I'll snag the first few easy ones since no one else has replied yet :lol:

Is abortion murder?
Does god exist?
Should Euthanasia be legal?
Is Capital punishment moral?
Do you believe in UFO's? Have you ever seen one?
What does it mean to be a human being?
What is conciousness?
Does Extra sensory perception of any kind exist?
Do ghosts exists?

Do you want your nick attached to the questions?

Postby mtbturtle on January 21st, 2006, 9:16 pm 

Thanks for getting us started Mabus.

If people want their nicks attached to the questions, let me know. Otherwise, I'll include them anonymously. So if you want credit, let me know. :D
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Postby mabus on January 22nd, 2006, 1:27 am 

nope anonymous is good for me thanks

Postby samooha`at on January 23rd, 2006, 2:02 am 

Okay, I've thought up 4 so far. I dunno if they're too long... feel free to trim them down, and no need to attach my name to them... I'm happier being anonymous :)

1) Under what conditions do you think it is acceptable or beneficial for a country to go to war?

2) Biologically speaking, there is no way to make a distinction between people of different races. In what ways do you find 'race' to be a meaningful concept?

3) The common method of making stem cells requires destroying a three-day old 'embryo.' This embryo is made of DNA from a non-reproductive cell, and the shell of an egg which was emptied of DNA. If an 'embryo' is not the result of fertalization, can destroying it be equivalent to aborting a normal embryo? Do you support or oppose stem cell research? What would it take to change your mind?

4) Scientists have deciphered at least 10 distinct calls that vervet monkeys make to warn others of specific predators. They even 'cry wolf,' calling during fighting with another troop, usually when they are loosing, presumably to distract or scare off the other troop. Many other animals also communicate with varying complexity. Is this real language, or is it somehow fundamentally different from human language?


Postby Titan on January 23rd, 2006, 5:49 am 

Ok, ok. You peoples are way smart. I feel inferior, but anyway, I came up with a question or two.

What is the difference between good and evil? :evil: vs. :D

Which will wipe out humanity? A meteor or will we destroy ourselves with our own technology?

And finally, the ever famous question, are robots good or evil?

Thats all. 8)

Postby Titan on January 23rd, 2006, 5:54 am 

Obviously crime pays, or there'd be no crime.
— G. Gordon Liddy

My questions

Postby noreason on January 24th, 2006, 7:43 pm 

Those are good questions Titan.

How about:

1. Regarding porn, while you are watching it do you ever consider that the woman performing the sexual act is only doing it for money and not because she is a "hot little *$!@ who wants it?" And if you do consider she is doing it for money and that gets you hot, why do you think that is the case?

2. If Free Will exists, where in the mind does it exist?

3. How is science failing humanity?

4. How does philosophy differ from science?

Postby mabus on January 24th, 2006, 8:37 pm 

Another topic idea came to me

How is science helping humanity :lol:

Postby dg on February 23rd, 2006, 12:19 am 

one more:

What do dreams mean?

Postby dg on February 23rd, 2006, 12:24 am 

"In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king; but in the land of the insane, the half-wit is slain." (POGO)

Postby John Galt on July 4th, 2006, 3:34 pm 

Should we clone human beings? What are some Advantages/Disadvantages of cloning? Is cloning moral?
John Galt

Postby makalvy on July 14th, 2006, 4:59 pm 

How about:

Does evolution necessarily preclude the possbility of creation or does it simply argue with the Judeo-Christian account?

Postby Havok on September 10th, 2006, 4:10 pm 

If virtual realities could be created that would be indistinguishable from physical reality, why would physical reality be preferable over the artificial universes, and why would anyone have any desire to live in the real world instead of their choice of created realities? At what point do video games stop being games and start being virtual worlds?

law enforcment

Postby zetreque on January 31st, 2008, 8:58 pm 

Is it right for a speed camera to give you an automted ticket for speeding if nobody is around to judge your driving relative to others and safety?
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Postby rednina on February 2nd, 2008, 7:05 pm 

You all have such incredible minds, so whilst chatting with my son on religion and our beliefs and understandings on that subject. He asked me if Adam and Eve were the two people 'God' made, would that mean everyone is related, incestuously related? I couldn't give him an answer... I was wondering if anyone would have a simplistic idea on this that I may convey back to him?

Postby VenomousNinja on May 19th, 2008, 8:28 pm 

1) Money: What is the best form of money? Is it best to make money out of reusable materials and put a value with it, or is it best to make money that can be traded in for nearly-non reusable materials and put value to those materials with the actual money being representations? Or, is it some other form of money that is best?

2) Age: Are twelve year-olds inferior at all to twenty-four year olds? Are fifty-year olds smarter than ten year olds?

I don't have to be credited.

Postby renas on October 14th, 2008, 11:43 am 

are there any similarities between freedom and suffering ?

Postby renas on October 14th, 2008, 11:45 am 

when a creature dies it lost its weight of 21 grams, considering this as an scientifical experiment what does this 21 grams mean?

Postby renas on October 14th, 2008, 11:47 am 

observing society from inside of it means you are a social creature?

Postby renas on October 14th, 2008, 11:50 am 

if an anarchist is against all institutions of power what makes him an anarchist?or what is anarchism, is it like nihilism?

Postby CanadianGoose on December 10th, 2008, 7:56 pm 

Why do you think humans have developed such an idealized view on 'love'? Why do most humans 'love'? Is it just caused by animal instinct or something more than that?

Why do so many members of the human race suffer from addictions, from everything to drug use, pornography, even chocolate?

Do you think the phrase "Real life is just like high school" Is true? why or why not?

What is your definition of 'Pain'?

Would you feel compassion for a stranger in need? Why or why not?

Do you think trust is the most important part of a relationship between two people? Why?

What is a 'gut reaction'? Why do you feel them? Are you compelled to follow them?

Why is tastelessness, nudity, and sexuality taboo in modern society?

Give an example of how an outside source (ie. the media) has made a direct influence on you or someone you know.

What reason have you for speaking here? What got you interested in the field of philosophy?

What has music done for us as a species?

Why is the modern ideal body image of a woman the way it is (tall, extremely slender, voluptuous)? Why do you think it has changed in the past few centuries?

Why do some people remain anonymous,in real life and online? Does this arouse suspicion for unjust motives?

What is a broken heart? Can it be measured?

What do you look for in people's personalities? What personality would the ideal 'friend' have? The ideal 'partner'?

no need to give credit, id just love to see them in the room :]

Postby mtbturtle on December 14th, 2008, 11:22 am 

Heya CanadianGoose!

Welcome to the forums. Glad to see you joined and posted a picture also!

I hope to get some work done on the topic file after the holidays. Thanks for the suggestions :-)
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Re: !Topic & !Quote

Postby determinist on November 13th, 2009, 4:08 pm 

Here are a few suggestions.. :)
Why is there "something" instead of "nothing"?
What is the purpose of existence?
Is thinking possible without language? or is it that without language one cannot think?
Can We Reliably Know the Truth of Anything? Is Knowledge Possible? or Is the search for truth a futile one?
Can we trust our senses that they will give us the truth? and if so to what extent can we trust them?
Do the laws of physics evove or are they fixed?
Is there any aspect of the human thought that cannot be fully (100%) explained in terms of the physical proccesses inside a brain? i.e.Do the "Laws of Physics" Permit Any "Exceptions"?

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Postby linford86 on December 9th, 2009, 4:19 pm 

1. Was Princess Elizabeth's response to Descartes sufficient basis on which to reject the idea of a non-physical soul?

2. What is the nature of mathematical objects?

3. Is existence a predicate or a quantifier?

4. What is the relationship between mathematical objects and physical reality?

5. Do abstract objects exist?

6. Do properties exist (i.e. Platonism versus Nominalism)?

7. What does it mean to be "rational"?

8. Is it ever appropriate to reason "non-rationally"? If so, what would that involve?

9. Is it possible for an idea to be non-propositional? If so, and if one could talk about such an idea, how would one talk about it?

10. Is "faith" a valid epistemic method for arriving at metaphysical conclusions?

11. Is Kant's objection to Anselm's ontological argument sound?

12. Are mathematical statements always analytic or can they sometimes be synthetic?

13. Is the linguistic bent in analytic philosophy justified?

14. How does one define "philosophy"?

15. What is the relationship between Analytic and Continental philosophy?

16. Was the rejection of Logical Positivism really justified or can the various problems with LP actually be resolved?

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Postby imjonbean on April 22nd, 2011, 9:21 am 

My favorite peace, ethical and practical quote is by Einstein:
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed."
"Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding."

My own quote that I do not understand yet:
"Why you do anything affects how you do everything."
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Postby imjonbean on April 22nd, 2011, 9:39 am 

linford86 wrote:1. Was Princess Elizabeth's response to Descartes sufficient basis on which to reject the idea of a non-physical soul?

2. What is the nature of mathematical objects?

I like this concept. I am reading about the nature of mathematical structures and computers and their relations in "Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid", a Metaphorical fugue on minds and machines.

"how can we be sure, if we've tried to model a formal system on some part of mathematics, that we've done the job accurately--especially if we;re not one hundred percent familiar with that portion of mathematics already."

It also mentions a contemporary math concept that whole numbers do not exist, I think that they are infinitely impartial.
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