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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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It was a big night last night. First, Aaron Orlovitz Johnson gave a splendid presentation of living with absurdity in a godless universe, deftly fielding objections from a packed house. It was most impressive. The talk was videoed, and I am guessing it will be available on the SHAFT website sometime soon.

Then there was the first ever Philosophy Club concert, which was a performance of songs by David Bazan about living between faith and doubt. The musicians (Andrew Royer, Cody Howell, and Dillon Cooper) performed with excellence, to a very receptive audience.

I have to say, I’m really impressed by these events. It’s made me think that perhaps the best thing I could do to encourage good philosophical dialogue on campus is to make some venues available — and then get out of the way!



  1. […] last night, with a lecture by an undergraduate and a Philosophy Club concert. More information here. Leave a […]


  2. Andrew says:

    The other guitar player was Dillon Cooper.


  3. Huenemann says:

    Thanks! Now corrected.


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