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Are we all ‘atheist’ or 'agnostic in a pandemic'?

I think you have a false premise. Your premise seems to be "Devout believers/adherents of the religion Islam believe that humans need not make any effort in their survival in the natural world." I ...
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Are we all ‘atheist’ or 'agnostic in a pandemic'?

There's a good joke about this. The Mississippi floods, but this guy stays put and says "God will save me". A policeman comes past and says "Better be going" but our guy says "God will save me". The ...
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Why is the complex number an integral part of physical reality?

The short answer: Your premise is not correct. Quantum Mechanics is not necessarily complex-valued. Here is a primer from Physics.SE if you are solid on the math. An explanation that is light on math:...
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Are we all ‘atheist’ or 'agnostic in a pandemic'?

There are some religious groups --I'm thinking here of "prosperity" churches --that promote the message that nothing but good things will ever happen to the truly faithful. But these are definitely ...
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What makes things real?

tl;dr- Depends on a person's level of mental development. The truth's crazy complicated, but we go through stages of understanding. Stage 1: Realism. The simplest way to understand reality is ...
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Can someone identify this school of thought?

The first sentence expresses relativism, and then the rest makes clear that it makes everything relative to the individual subject. That position is called solipsism. Solipsism makes the individual ...
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Is there ‘reality’ after the death of the observer? Does this imply there are multiple ‘realities’?

You start with the assumption that there is no afterlife beyond the death of a person, and there are no remains of the person's soul. To avoid the problematic and burdened word “soul” I translate your ...
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How to prove the world is real, and one isn’t just hallucinating everything?

It sounds like you're asking: How do I know reality is real? So, there are variety of scenarios that have been offered in philosophy that challenge the thinker to think about proof and reality. All ...
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How to prove the world is real, and one isn’t just hallucinating everything?

Two options: this reality is really real, or it isn't. If reality isn't real, you're probably not going to be able to prove it's not real any time soon, nor figure out the real nature of reality. You'...
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What is the definition of real?

There is no one canonical and privileged definition of 'real'. However, in the most intuitive sense, it is anything that is independent of us and our existence and immediately apprehensible. This is ...
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Is there ‘reality’ after the death of the observer? Does this imply there are multiple ‘realities’?

This is one of the fundamental questions of existence, and one to which different philosophical and religious traditions have given quite different and incompatible answers. It's also an open question,...
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What do we mean when we ask "What's the – fundamental – nature of reality?"

Depends on whom you ask Logical Positivists Reality consists of things that can be verified through observation and logic. Statements with no clear meaning or basis in observable evidence are ...
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Philosophical implications of entangled states (and the 2022 physics nobel prize)

In the high-level summary and explanation I've read/watched… this means or confirms that everything… is probabilistic. This is wrong. Bell's Theorem and the experiments that won this years Nobel ...
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Did David Deutsch really disprove the Simulation Hypothesis?

To be honest, I couldn't exactly follow your construction. But I can say that Deutsch is definitely not using an impossible scenario. He is actually adapting the Cantor Diagonalisation Argument which ...
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Why is the complex number an integral part of physical reality?

In my opinion you are mixing up different points: Physics does not use complex numbers to count entities. It is sufficient to count mangos by non-negative rational numbers, i.e. 1 mango, 1.5 mangos, ...
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Is symmetry real?

Here is the question: So did we discover symmetry, or do we impose it? (like numbers) And why do we need it? David John Baker describes symmetries (page 2): ...symmetries of a theory are ...
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Is there ‘reality’ after the death of the observer? Does this imply there are multiple ‘realities’?

What do you perceive when you're sleeping and not dreaming? You don't perceive darkness, there is just an absence of experience. You go to bed, and hours pass while you experience nothing, and then ...
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Is there a work of fiction so "fictional", that is so different from our everyday reality, that there is absolutely nothing similar to it?

Of course, no problem at all. Look. The Cadmium Sycamore's Lullaby Rzbxl qpjnfds hwutrck bly'pq omvlei kczmnu 8&% t3rv\ `po98iq 23rp$ mxnldjg rgsbqlx cafj0y1 n2ue6d@ 5t7yzw0 lmqojan %ks^2pv :p8*...
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Why is Philosophy not taught in schools or more widely studied?

[Since you say you are from India...] This is generally more true for poorer countries than for 1st world countries. The reason is obvious: people in these places typically called the East, or ...
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How small can we measure space?

We can measure down to somewhere between 10^-15 meter and 10^-18 meter, these are exceedingly small sizes. There is no experimental evidence for a theoretical "bottom limit" on size ...
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Does Einstein's local realism in quantum mechanics imply superdeterminism?

You are right that Bell's inequalities do not rule out "superdeterminism" (Bell's term), as he himself acknowledged:"...if our measurements are not independently variable as we supposed...even if ...
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A second indubitable axiom

You have actually anticipated Descartes himself in this question. After he established his own existence, as a mind, a thinking being, with the Cogito (I think therefore I am) he proceeded to ask ...
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Why is the complex number an integral part of physical reality?

Complex numbers are ordered pairs of numbers that have an extended definition of multiplication that is useful for representing circular motion in two-dimensions. (The definition of multiplication ...
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What makes things real?

Reality is objective, not subjective. Therefore, you can remove the subjective part of "So for him, does anything even exist?" and make it: "Does anything even exist?" The obvious answer is yes. If ...
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Wanted references to the Phillip K Dick Total Recall (1990) paradox

In this piece which talks about similar questions about the nature of reality and his own quasi-mystical experiences, he mentions a number of pre-socratic philosophers (Heraclitus, Parmenides, ...
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Can anyone ever know for sure that other people are also conscious?

According to the argument from analogy, I infer the existence of mental states in other people, by analogy with myself. Just as I observe a correlation of my own behavior with my mental states, so I ...
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