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Is it possible to justify any purpose in life?

A long time ago I've come to believe that there is no inherent purpose for existence, that is, we can't find any single "unifying" goal of living. So - I thought - we all have to find a purpose for ...
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Is it right to judge if the life of one person is worth more than ten others?

Let us take a hypothetical situation where you are on a train that is approaching a fork. You are the only person who has the power to control the direction the train takes. If you leave the train ...
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Will God ever die?

It seems to me that believing in the Big Bang theory and believing in God are not completely mutually exclusive. The Big Bang theory states that from a moment in time, caused by some conditions, the ...
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Could it be justified to kill someone or make someone sick to reproduce yourself?

I've read Is it immoral for mosquitos to take blood from other living things without their consent? and would like to ask the same question regarding an inter-human situation. Assume someone needs to ...
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Would all anti-entropic forces be considered living?

I don't exactly know how to phrase the question, but it seems like most forces in the universe are governed by physical processes where entropy is constantly increasing. Then you have Earth, where ...
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A Don Quixote existential question [closed]

I guess everyone knows about Cervantes's character "Don Quixote" and the metaphor within it's lifestyle. Even though every single individual understands it differently, in my opinion Don Quixote is ...
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What is the point of staying alive if everyone dies eventually? [closed]

We all will die one day. We all know the life is difficult. We may live long lives, but death will come sooner or later for everyone. It is inevitable. Why should we bother living at all, facing the ...
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Are people happier now than 100 years ago? 1000 years ago? 10000 years ago? [closed]

I don't know if this goes under philosophy, but I made an account here because I got really curious about this. I feel like the more materialistic society gets, we get less and less happy, but I am ...
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Finding a Redefinition of Life. Life is a Changing Pattern trying to survive [closed]

I was wondering why the definition of life has always been so abstract and so I was thinking It's because there is so many things that are considered to be alive. (Although not much is sentient) ...
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Why do we reproduce? [closed]

Why do we (including other living organisms) reproduce? Why is it necessary that our race keeps flourishing and multiplying? I couldn't find any useful articles on google except for some yahoo and ...
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Life is illogical [closed]

The only porpose of life that I see is to feel good. Some try to achieve it by earning money, some try to achieve it by earning fame and respect, and there are still others who try to achieve it by ...
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The meaning of life [closed]

What's the purpose of our existence? :) Religions say that without the made-up gods humans have no purpose to live. Is meeting your maker the ultimate reason to live?
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Significance of life in Bhagavad Gītā

I'm watching lectures of prof. Jay L. Garfield named "Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions". The first three lectures are discussing Bhagavad Gita. Two ideas (...
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Which philosophers have posited that our mortality gives meaning to our lives?

Cancer researcher, Doctor John Wynn gave an interesting talk this year. In it he argues, in short, that it is the fact of our mortality that gives our lives meaning. Which philosophers have discussed ...
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Is there a formal presentation of Maturana's “Autopoiesis”

I have been reading through "Autopoiesis and Cognition" by Humberto R. Maturana and Francisco J. Varela. One of their goals in defining autopoiesis and the supporting concepts of simple and composite ...
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Would immortality be good or bad for humanity? [closed]

I had a flash after watching some videos of Dr Aubrey de Gray's researches on postponing aging indefinitely. According to him, it will be possible – in a near future – to cure aging process of every ...