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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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Considering a career in law or medicine? Here is a NYT article about the disappointments many people feel when they get into them. (Alumni, feel free to chime in about your own experiences.)


1 Comment

  1. Mike says:

    I’m not sure about law or medicine but I’m a computer programmer and I love what I do. If you’re a philosophy student you might enjoy solving other sorts of complex problems. High level languages make programming less difficult and many of the problems of the world are being tackled by programmers. I’m the CTO of an internet startup now and it is as the article said I “love the idea of being responsible for my own fate”. There is also a lot of flexibility in programming, you can find steady jobs or risky jobs but, like most things, you need to be good at what you do. Programming also requires a lot of patience. If you’re good at philosophy you might consider if you have a knack for systems more generally, the computer world is full of those sorts of jobs and it’s possible to tackle problems from the more theoretical side (if you have a strong understanding of logic) and be valuable to a company. Quality assurance in a software company is most often about imagining the many things that could possibly go wrong with software so you have to visualize multiple possible paths and warn other people in the organization about potential problems with this or that design or implementation (i think QA is a lot like philosophy). Most of my time on the job is spent thinking (not typing as some might imagine).


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