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• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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We had our philosophy forum last night on “God vs. Evil” — a stunning success! Over 80 students attended, and the discussion was both friendly and penetrating. I presented the problem of evil, and Kleiner and Sherlock offered theistic ways of responding to it. Students raised many insightful questions and comments, and though the official forum ended after about an hour and a half, informal discussions continues until nearly 10:30. A special treat was Chuck Johnson’s appearance, and his characteristically droll and logical reformulation of the problem. We are all looking forward to more events like this to come!



  1. Huenemann says:

    No, sorry. But maybe something to keep in mind for the future…


  2. corrigan49 says:

    Nice, I am sad I missed it


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