It's that time of year when every day feels like that movie 'Groundhog Day', i.e. repetition of the previous day.
Is there any point to all this? What is the meaning of life, if anything?
Let's hear it, what are some popular reasons to get out of bed in the morning?
Recently, a Christian missionary was killed by indigenous people while visiting the forbidden North Sentinel islands. Apparently, the authorities have decided to isolate the local population from the outside world, as if they were some rare animal species needing protection so as not to go...
I've come to believe the problem of reconciling 'free will' with determinism (or indeterminism, which is equally difficult) is not really possible with our usual understanding of what 'free will' means.
So, what do you think 'free will' means or should mean? And is it compatible with reality?
Yesterday I was reading an article about a girl who, by the time she started school, hadn't yet developed language. (She was obviously excluded and bullied a by the other children). Eventually, after trying everything else, her parents sent her to an unorthodox speech therapist who slowly...
Think about it: The Joker is criminally insane. He's killed before, and he will kill again. If he gets locked up in Arkham, he'll eventually escape again. So killing him will save lives.
In fact, would refraining from killing him when the opportunity arises be an ethically blameworthy act of...
This is a good watch if you have a few minutes (less than five!):
Some questions related to this:
Will accessing higher states of consciousness too frequently result in problems dealing with society and people around us? If so, was this easier in earlier times, or has it always been like...
Scientifically, the atom bomb is a fantastic achievement. But it's still a terrifying, horrible thing.
I think the limits of science are also relevant in discussions about animal rights. We can show that animals are physiologically similar to humans, that they can suffer, and experience joy and...
More: Can we justify killing animals for food? - BBC News (26. October 2015)
This is from a BBC Radio 4 programme called Analysis. The whole programme is available from here (UK only, I think):
BBC Radio 4 - Analysis, Killing Cows
I think some of Peter Singer's thinking in this article is...
This quote comes from Ludwig Wittgenstein's only book that was published in his lifetime: Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (Logical-Philosophical Treatise).
What do you think? Are there unutterable truths?