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Questions tagged [philosophy]

For questions about the consideration of life's big problems.

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Fully understanding a universe from within that universe. Gödel's second theorem [closed]

Gödel's second theorem asserts that the consistency of a formal theory containing arithmetic cannot be proved by the tools of the relevant theory itself (provided that the theory is in fact consistent)...
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Individuality and Agency in the face of Technological singularity

I'm trying to work out a philosophical question in order to determine the central theme of my story, so let me give you an overview of what I'm trying to work with... hopefully y'all can give me some ...
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Is there a way to provide evidence that causality runs in both directions?

Suppose in our own world, it turns out that an event in the future is extremely likely to happen, despite it being extremely to happen were the universe purely random. Some may call it "fate", but I ...
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Everyone a Girl Touches is Erased from Existence. (Need help Ironing Out Details.) [closed]

I have basic a premise but I need some insight... "A young protagonist has a curse: anyone she touches with her bare flesh gets erased from existence." The plot and mechanics that I have so far are ...
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How can a Qualia Economy function?

First of all, there are a few parts to this question. Although not necessary, I highly recommend reading my initial designs on the qualia economy. The first part is my own design: The Qualia ...
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Would ancient people understand “I'm from the future?”

Time travel is a major staple is sci-fi. You just can't escape it. Sometimes the characters travel so far back, that if or when they tell locals that they are from the future, I'm skeptical that the ...
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How could a sentient species not develop a word differentiating themselves from other animals?

Essentially, I'm in the pre-planning stage of writing a short story where I want there to be a "normal" species (think human) that interacts with a species that for one reason or another doesn't ...
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Can death create a loophole for two exact duplicate people existing in the same universe? [closed]

Here'a another one of my weird questions... So there's two universes, two of many in a many worlds/multiverse scenario. We'll call one Universe A and the other Universe B for sanity's sake. And there ...
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How to overcome transferring information over mental link that changes specific details?

There is a world not too different from our own, at a technology level not too different from our own, with a population similar to our own. Recently, scientists have discovered (by chance in an ...
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How could a humanist civilization favor the selfless?

In a world based on secular humanism, the powerful strive for universal well-being and individuals prefer the long-term profit for all to the short-term profit for one. Because everyone is striving ...
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Time travel and random events

Suppose we have a Branching Timeline paradigm, in which time travel into the past creates a new timeline. Is it fair to assume that any probabalistic events which might occur might be very different ...
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Distinguishing gluttony, greed and lust in their modern connotations? [closed]

Of the seven deadly sins, gluttony, greed and lust have expanded in scope since they were first defined to point of being synonymous. Where originally they were limited to food/drink, riches and ...
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What are the situations where chaos and randomness is necessary evil in the society? [closed]

Often chaos and randomness are seen as the harbinger of life and contribute towards the development of wide varieties of life forms. My question is what are the different situations where chaos and ...
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Should people be able to know what disease(s) they may have in the future based on their genetics? [closed]

I recently read a short article in the magazine new scientist saying that 'People in the US will soon be able to buy a genetic test that tells them whether they are at risk for late-onset Alzheimer's ...
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What thing comes next? [closed]

Substance can store energy This signifies the inanimate universe, planets and stars. Substance and energy can store information This signifies life and evolution. Substance and energy and ...
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What are some spells for a philosophy based magic system? [closed]

Basically my world is this: MAGIC EXISTS MAGIC is only LOGIC If you can PROVE something it is TRUE Now what do I mean by that? Basically in a traditional magic system to cast a shield you would ...
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What if we discovered a real paradox? [closed]

On an elementary school in the US, there was a teacher who used to give the pupils math exercises he invented himself. One day, they calculated the cathetus of a right triangle and magically, they got ...
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Inducing Ignorance in the Brain

Context: Brains in Vats and Virtual Reality on Steroids In the (reasonably near) future, humans have developed the field of medicine significantly, and we now have the technology to isolate the ...
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Can existential crisis wipe out a civilization?

Is it plausible that an advanced civilization commits suicide due to philosophical despair? (if not committing suicide directly, then doing something like collectively party to death) If yes, what ...
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How do you solve the copied consciousness conundrum without killing anyone?

What do digital immortality, teleportation, the show Doctor Who, and a horror game released in 2015 have in common? The idea of copied consciousness. Each of these examples relies on copying the ...
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What effect would a known but lost precursor civilization have on religion and philosophy? [closed]

My world is a realistic post-apocalyptic revival of civilization. Thousands of years have passed, and almost all knowledge of the old world has been lost or greatly distorted. There is plentiful ...
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The teleporters stopped deleting the old copies. What happens? [duplicate]

Similar to I duplicate the U.S. President. What happens?, but much much worse. Okay, so teleporters have become common. How it works is you step into a police box, dial in a location, and then it ...
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Temporal Ethics for bidirectional time-travel with branching time-lines

Before humanity develops actual bidirectional time-travel – assuming it’s possible at all – there will be years, probably decades or even centuries before that during which physics theories prove the ...
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Could I have a culture where stealing is not wrong?

I'm working on differentiating primarily nonhuman cultures from human cultures in a fantasy world by adding a bit of Blue and Orange Morality. One way I'm considering adding a unique element to one ...
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Please help review and suggest my Element Diagram [closed]

I try to create element diagram based on Chinese element with a little twist. Then, borrowing the pairing concept of Magic the Gathering, each element combines with its similar and opposites to create ...
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Is it possible to create a fixed list of Platonic Ideals? [closed]

I'm attempting to develop a pairing of worlds based loosely on Plato's theory of forms, such that everything in the physical world is a reflection of one or multiple things in the ideal world. If we ...
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Can we determine if we are in a simluation using different variable precision

I'm posing it as more of a philosophical question. Assume our Universe is a simulated one. What features would I put in a Universe simulation (e.g. to reduce computational requirements) and how ...
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Rationalism as social control

I'm researching a bit for book idea and would like some input. Say I'm a dictator that would like to use rationalist dogma as a front to unify my country. Obviously, it wouldn't be using pure ...