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* Interested in presenting a paper at an UNDERGRADUATE PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE or publishing in an UNDERGRADUATE PHILOSOPHY JOURNAL? You should consider it! To see what options are available, both in state and out of state, click here.

PHILOSOPHY BOWLING RESULTS

• 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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Anyone with a fast internet connection should have a bookmark to TED talks. Here is a link. TED is an organization (Technology, Education, and Design) which sponsors conferences at which major idea-people get together and offer short lectures or performances. You can watch anyone from Bill Clinton to Stephen Hawking to Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia) to Jane Goodall to Daniel Dennett, etc. “Ideas worth spreading” is its tagline. Watching a couple over a week, during lunch, or during a 20-minute down-time, really gets you thinking about many new and exciting possibilities.

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