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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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Hui Neng once approached a student who was sitting in meditation. “Why do you spend so much time sitting?” he asked. “Because I want to become a Buddha,” the student replied.

At this, Hui Neng picked up a brick tile from the floor, and began rubbing it with his robe. “Why are you doing that?” asked the student. “Because I want to make a mirror,” Hui Neng replied.

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