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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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Check out this illusion. Watch the spinning disk fall straight down; then shift your gaze to the blue circle, and “watch” the falling disc with your peripheral vision. It will no longer appear to fall straight down. Then, when you turn your eyes to the spinning disc again, its motion seems to abruptly change. This might model the phenomenon that curveballs in baseball “break” suddenly; they perhaps both result from the viewer/batter suddenly shifting his/her gaze from one fixed point to another spinning, dropping object.

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