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20-09-2012, 07:38 AM
RE: What is the ultimate Philosophy question?
(20-09-2012 07:34 AM)DLJ Wrote:  Actually, his message was in the Ultimate Question that Arthur Dent discovered once he became part of the Earth computer program...

For those readers who do not know, the Ultimate Question (for which the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything was 42) was "What is six times nine?"

Didn't the Scrabble game give the question as "What is seven time eight"?

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20-09-2012, 01:39 PM (This post was last modified: 20-09-2012 01:43 PM by TrainWreck.)
RE: What is the ultimate Philosophy question?
(18-09-2012 03:35 PM)fstratzero Wrote:  The problem of induction is the most annoying thing religious people use to bastardize science.

The problem of induction is the most annoying thing atheist people use to bastardize social organization.

They use it to justify their inability to establish the community/society that they insist the religious people should respect as being infinitely tolerant of all ideologies and individual freedom of thought. BowingBowingBowing

It appears to me that the ultimate philosophical question is the discussion concerning determinism - and I think science is dependent on the assumption that perfect order exists, and free will is an illusion created by the margin of human error, which is created by the poor standardization of being.

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20-09-2012, 01:50 PM
RE: What is the ultimate Philosophy question?
(18-09-2012 05:44 PM)Luminon Wrote:  
(18-09-2012 03:50 PM)Phaedrus Wrote:  Is philosophy beneficial to society?
Philosophy is mostly the art of asking questions. Questioning is drilling into a concept, dissecting it, analyzing.
That is science, or observation.

Philosophy is the study of ideologies and the development of human knowledge.

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20-09-2012, 01:56 PM (This post was last modified: 20-09-2012 02:15 PM by TrainWreck.)
RE: What is the ultimate Philosophy question?
(18-09-2012 07:02 PM)aurora Wrote:  Have we (the universe and/or life itself) a purpose?
That is an easy one - contributing to the better evolution of Mankind has to be the answer. Any other answers are merely relevent and probably lack validity if they cannot be used to organize people, which is impossible to avoid - people inherently organize (work) in order to survive and enhance the experience of living.

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20-09-2012, 02:01 PM
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(19-09-2012 11:11 AM)Logica Humano Wrote:  There is no objective ultimate question. It is different for each person.
The margin of human error leads you to that perception.

If we were to poll the entire population, I would bet that there are only about ten valid responses. There is no way that there would not be any repeated responses.

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20-09-2012, 02:08 PM
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(20-09-2012 02:01 PM)TrainWreck Wrote:  
(19-09-2012 11:11 AM)Logica Humano Wrote:  There is no objective ultimate question. It is different for each person.
The margin of human error leads you to that perception.

If we were to poll the entire population, I would bet that there are only about ten valid responses. There is no way that there would not be any repeated responses.

I agree with TrainWreck.


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20-09-2012, 02:19 PM
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(20-09-2012 02:08 PM)Chas Wrote:  The Apocalypse is nigh.
You will eventually be programmed to see things my way.

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20-09-2012, 03:40 PM (This post was last modified: 21-09-2012 07:53 AM by Logica Humano.)
RE: What is the ultimate Philosophy question?
(20-09-2012 02:01 PM)TrainWreck Wrote:  
(19-09-2012 11:11 AM)Logica Humano Wrote:  There is no objective ultimate question. It is different for each person.
The margin of human error leads you to that perception.

If we were to poll the entire population, I would bet that there are only about ten valid responses. There is no way that there would not be any repeated responses.

You are not human?

That's not objectivity, that's narrow-mindedness and lack of education. And please, define "valid".

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21-09-2012, 01:24 AM (This post was last modified: 21-09-2012 01:35 AM by Luminon.)
RE: What is the ultimate Philosophy question?
(20-09-2012 01:50 PM)TrainWreck Wrote:  
(18-09-2012 05:44 PM)Luminon Wrote:  Philosophy is mostly the art of asking questions. Questioning is drilling into a concept, dissecting it, analyzing.
That is science, or observation.

Philosophy is the study of ideologies and the development of human knowledge.
Not when you do it with your mouth and mind only, that's not science. Doubting or asking questions is a start, examining (alternative) possibilities is the basis of Socratic method. I doubt philosophers ever arranged a blind test with a placebo group, unless they were natural philosophers.

I like how one modern scientist (???) and philosopher John Heron had put it, there are two processes, growing Heron's beard (that's making up questions and possibilities about reality) and then there's Occam's razor, shaving what is unnecessary of the Heron's beard. This method can be used in inquiry into spiritual matters.

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21-09-2012, 03:44 AM
RE: What is the ultimate Philosophy question?
(20-09-2012 07:34 AM)DLJ Wrote:  Actually, his message was in the Ultimate Question that Arthur Dent discovered once he became part of the Earth computer program...

For those readers who do not know, the Ultimate Question (for which the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything was 42) was "What is six times nine?"

Hold on... Where does this say? Because I have read it, but can not remember that the Question was discovered. Please provide the quotes from the original work.

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