Is it really possible to talk a person out of being irrational, or do they have to come to that conclusion on their own, first?
That is, can you inject and then remedy doubt through debate, or are things like the evolution debate a priori pointless?
It would appear that of everyone who thinks I'm a crappy philosopher, each believes I am their epistemic inferior. Naturally, I believe the same about them.
This is a symmetric relationship, but unfortunately only one of us can be right. What test or property can I assay or search for to break this symmetry?
What is contempt for?
What if there is really a second kind of time, which solves the origin problem for the universe? Since it's not physical per se, it most certainly can be infinite...what would this mean?
Does everyone think that life should mean something, even if it doesn't?
What, exactly, happens when a datum transforms from 'unexplained' to 'explained?'
What the hell is 'community' supposed to be?
People certainly write a whole lot of ideas, usually amateur history (this trend or that is ending) or amateur sociology. ("Let's stop this business of the B.A., this meaningless credential") How influential are these pieces? Do they start forming a patchwork of received wisdom? How does it relate to the fact that debate does not appear to be an effective method of spreading ideas? (I make a distinction between debating and merely watching a debate.) (I don't write first and foremost to be influential. I write because I want to.)
I was thinking about just sitting, just being, and I thought, "One of my parts is my senses - I can just sit and watch." But then I wondered, am I still me without my thoughts? What about without my identity, my personality? (Can that even make sense?)
Are record and tobacco companies actually evil, or just self-deluded?
Does the RIAA sit in their offices and think, "Now how can I fuck over the little man this time?" or do they sit there bemoaning how the public doesn't understand them?
When Nike used child labour, did the CEO think, "Man, that'll teach those jackasses at Adidas. Sweatshops! Ha! Beat that!" Or was it more like, "Hey these guys are cheap, I'll go with them." and later it was like, "Child labour? Fuck! Oh well, too late now...cover it up if you can."
We seem to have a large unused emotional range; we have emotions for things that don't usually exist, for things that don't have any noticeable survival value. Why?
What if you think you control yourself, but you don't, really?
What's the feeling of making a decision? Conversely, what would it feel like to have something happen that you didn't decide? Alien hand syndrome seems to invalidate determinism.
What is the difference that makes something 'understood?'
Actions can be evil. Can people, though?
Ethics don't exist absent a mind with values. You can't go out into the world and find anything that proves ethics, there is no ought from is, provided you don't look at the nominally subjective content of other minds. I need a word for this. The problem is that brains are made out of matter, so it's not ethics don't physically exist, and your mind exists independently from mind, which makes it objective relative to me. I can't find a word that doesn't make a sentence like, "Ironically, because ethics dont' objectively exist, ethics objectively exist." Do you know such a word?
Is there a coherent way to define what is serious?