• Does objective reality exist?

    28 answers · 1 week ago
  • Hey is anyone here ruined by existentialism? Half the time I wish I never was curious about philosophy and just was deluded and happy.?

    Best answer: It is just a phase, happened to me also. It takes time for the mind to adjust to a new perspective/reality. Become comfortable being uncomfortable (Stoicism) and in time things will become clearer. Introspection and enlightenment are a life long endeavor and not always a pleasant experience. But the things that I... show more
    Best answer: It is just a phase, happened to me also. It takes time for the mind to adjust to a new perspective/reality. Become comfortable being uncomfortable (Stoicism) and in time things will become clearer. Introspection and enlightenment are a life long endeavor and not always a pleasant experience. But the things that I have learned about myself, others and the world have made my life demonstrably better. Our greatest gains tend to come at a difficult price but are in the end well worth the price.
    6 answers · 3 days ago
  • What divides mind from matter?

    Best answer: Unarguably, death at least separates mind from matter, but what else might divide mind from matter is highly arguable due to the paradox raised in quantum mechanics where the observer has an effect on the outcome of what is observed. In life, mind and matter appear to be inextricably linked
    Best answer: Unarguably, death at least separates mind from matter, but what else might divide mind from matter is highly arguable due to the paradox raised in quantum mechanics where the observer has an effect on the outcome of what is observed. In life, mind and matter appear to be inextricably linked
    10 answers · 6 days ago
  • Were the Pyramids built by aliens?

    Best answer: No that is just an attempt by the History channel to get higher ratings.
    Best answer: No that is just an attempt by the History channel to get higher ratings.
    18 answers · 1 week ago
  • Who was more evil, Abraham Lincoln or Adolf Hitler?

    Best answer: At least Hitler put an end to himself.
    Best answer: At least Hitler put an end to himself.
    16 answers · 1 week ago
  • Do humans have free will?

    Best answer: This question is asked a lot here. It's not a dumb question, and it exercised the best minds in theology and philosophy for centuries. Here is my take: We can dismiss the idea that everything is fated by God or predetermined by some agency like karma. The simplest explanation of karma is that it is the result... show more
    Best answer: This question is asked a lot here. It's not a dumb question, and it exercised the best minds in theology and philosophy for centuries. Here is my take:
    We can dismiss the idea that everything is fated by God or predetermined by some agency like karma. The simplest explanation of karma is that it is the result of our actions, with or without a moral component. But we can discard the popular Hindu belief that bad actions in this life will inevitably result in suffering in the next life - after all, this is unprovable. I won't become an untouchable in the next life because I was a juvenile delinquent. I don't think it's that simple.
    The cause and effect we see in the world of physics and chemistry led scientists to argue that everything has a prior cause. For believers that was God, for atheists it's become the Big Bang. But quantum mechanics and Chaos theory turn this on its head. I can't go into chaos theory here, it's well worth reading about. We know that chaos exists. We cannot predict the precise position hydrocarbon molecules will take one ten thousandth of a second after a fuel explosion. Or at any point thereafter, for that matter. To a certain extent chaos is a perception. The leaves of the trees in the forest fall in the autumn. They fall to the forest floor in no particular spot, due to air currents, but they fall in a specific order. My memory might be off, but in Maine the first tree to lose its leaves is the ash, and the last is the oak. Each species releases its leaves on its own schedule. Thus there is order in this apparent chaos.
    I can choose to have sex or not. This powerful drive is still under individual control. But I cannot choose to never evacuate my bowels. That is a necessity. I can eat anything I want, but I cannot refuse to eat for long. There are laws and rules in nature. These laws and rules can be broken, but at a cost.
    It's by no means clear if an individual action is free or determined by genes. At least one set of identical twins reared apart married women with the same name, smoked the same brand of cigarettes, owned the same make and model of car, and had dogs with the same name. If this is all genetic, what a weird world we live in. My final verdict? We have limited free will.
    8 answers · 1 week ago
  • Why do humans go through so much to avoid death when we're all going to die anyway.?

    All this obsession with eating healthy and working out. What if I just wanna be fat and happy and die young?
    All this obsession with eating healthy and working out. What if I just wanna be fat and happy and die young?
    14 answers · 1 week ago
  • Did you know there are only 10 states in the US where males outnumber the females?

    Best answer: Perhaps means that women don't want to live in cold, sparsely populated states like Alaska, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. Or perhaps it means that there are more physically demanding jobs (in fields such as oil drilling and cutting lumber) in those states that are more suited to men.
    Best answer: Perhaps means that women don't want to live in cold, sparsely populated states like Alaska, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. Or perhaps it means that there are more physically demanding jobs (in fields such as oil drilling and cutting lumber) in those states that are more suited to men.
    11 answers · 1 week ago
  • How can I live a meaningful life?

    The average life in today's society is dull and demeaning. You live your entire life by going to work to keep a roof over your head and then you retire. The one thing that I fear the most is dying having lived a fruitless life and my name being forgotten to the world forever. What I want out of my life is to... show more
    The average life in today's society is dull and demeaning. You live your entire life by going to work to keep a roof over your head and then you retire. The one thing that I fear the most is dying having lived a fruitless life and my name being forgotten to the world forever. What I want out of my life is to live freely, experience all the world has to offer and be remembered for accomplishing something great. Any advice on how to achieve this?
    19 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • If I meditate enough will one day I just be constantly in the present moment (majority of the time)?

    Does it become an ingrained habit and the predominant way you perceive? At the moment for me its a choice I can do it when I choose to but Im not their automatically im still in my head and imagination alot
    Does it become an ingrained habit and the predominant way you perceive? At the moment for me its a choice I can do it when I choose to but Im not their automatically im still in my head and imagination alot
    8 answers · 1 week ago
  • If morality is subjective then wouldn’t moral vs immoral be solely based on a persons interpretation?

    Meaning huge conflicts could result from not having an objective standard.
    Meaning huge conflicts could result from not having an objective standard.
    17 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • How important is it for you to live your life from a place of principle? Why?

    Best answer: As the expression goes, if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.
    Best answer: As the expression goes, if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.
    13 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Why is determinism a "philosophical idea" and not a fact about reality?

    Definition of determinism: All events are determined by previously existing causes That includes human action. That would mean that human life cannot be judged and it simply is. All we can conclude is that human behaviour is determined by learning. Therefore the question becomes what is the relevant education?
    Definition of determinism: All events are determined by previously existing causes That includes human action. That would mean that human life cannot be judged and it simply is. All we can conclude is that human behaviour is determined by learning. Therefore the question becomes what is the relevant education?
    11 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Agree or not? Our conscious minds do not control how we act, they merely tell us a story about our actions.?

    Best answer: Right. Consciousness and intellect gives us the freedom to make choices, unlike an animal.
    Best answer: Right. Consciousness and intellect gives us the freedom to make choices, unlike an animal.
    13 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Is happiness a choice? If so, maybe we don't actually want to be happy?

    Could you wake up tomorrow, decide you're going to be happy and achieve that at will? Perhaps it's not that you can't, do you actually WANT that? If there's no "reward" why make the effort? Isn't that the purpose of happiness, that there's a reward to spur you on? Like social,... show more
    Could you wake up tomorrow, decide you're going to be happy and achieve that at will? Perhaps it's not that you can't, do you actually WANT that? If there's no "reward" why make the effort? Isn't that the purpose of happiness, that there's a reward to spur you on? Like social, sexual, recognition or getting a lot of money... Can we achieve anything we want tomorrow if we just put our mind to it?
    17 answers · 2 weeks ago