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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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is philosopher. If you doubt me, check out the Wall Street Journal article. (Accountants, historians, and economists — and others — have us beat, though.)

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6 Comments

  1. Mike says:

    woot! 5-6 (and 18)

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  2. Huenemann says:

    If you take your average, you are as happy or happier than me!

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  3. Mike says:

    I’m no statistician (3) but I’ll take the median which will make me twice as happy as you! (Note the irony “twice as happy”– quite obviously NOT a statistician)


    Unrelated: I just finished reading an essay on Trust and the Ethics of Knowing which I think is fairly good. Among other things, it talks about the value of “world-traveling” (exploring how other people see the world) as an expression of love that’s useful for understanding.

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  4. Kleiner says:

    Does that ranking consider the crushing anxiety of people young in their careers who work at schools facing catastrophic budget cuts?

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  5. Dan says:

    I’d be happier working as a lumberjack (the ‘least desirable’ job on the list) than performing about half of the top twenty. I mistrust the methods. As if gratification out of a profession can be so neatly quantified, or really quantified at all! The most radiant person I know in the music building is the janitor.

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  6. richard greene says:

    I used to be an accountant and was miserable the whole time. I’ve been pretty ecstatic about working as a philosopher (even when adjuncting). The moral: one should be very dubious about summary statistics.

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