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Are you a novel? or a collection of short stories?

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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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See a dialogue among philosophers Galen Strawson and Marya Schechtman and experimental psychologist Bruce Hood here.



  1. Huenemann says:

    The more of this conversation I see, the more puzzled I am about what’s at issue. It seems to me that there is a continuum: some people take themselves very seriously and are able to offer a cohesive autobiography at any moment, and other people more or less float along and aren’t concerned with maintaining a cohesive autobiography. Is this all that the debate amounts to?


  2. Mike says:

    I feel like I can present a fairly cohesive autobiography about myself and also that I’m lying about it all the way through. Not deliberately, just because I have a terrible memory and a shit-ton of cognitive biases ( and so on. YMMV


  3. Alex says:

    Aren’t our “corrective institutions” at stake? I mean, you put a guy in a cell (hopefully the fellow who chose the drapes in this video), isn’t he supposed to sit there and change his tune? Do followers of Heraclitus and Woolf need longer sentences?


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