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A bizarre question asked at a job interview about conditional probability
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This question is a variant of the Boy or Girl Paradox, which Wikipedia attributes to Martin Gardner. Wikipedia also writes that "the paradox has frequently stimulated a great deal of controversy" ...

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Why should I believe my own conclusions?
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While this won't solve any real form of epistemological doubt, what you can do practically is a sort of reverse Pascal's Wager. Let's take your example, but expand it not only to whether God exists, ...

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Philosophy of the lymphatic system
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I hope you don't mind me saying this, but you're question made me laugh. Gastrointestiphilosophy - now there's a course I want to take! But seriously, branches and sub-branches of philosophy aren't '...

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What is a miracle, and why should it influence our metaphysical beliefs?
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This is very closely related to the question of "what should a rational person accept as a miracle", because the question assumes that nothing should be accepted as a miracle in the strict sense of ...

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Are there any other things like 'Cogito ergo sum' that we can be certain of?
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We can be pretty certain of tautologies, which are axioms of logic based on the principle of non-contradiction. After all, 'cogito ergo sum' already presupposes that something must exist in order to ...

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Does Cartesian Doubt Depend on Cartesian Dualism?
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I believe that the answer is no, for several reasons (ordered weakest to strongest): As Descartes himself noted, part of the argument is based on the existence (and therefore possibility) of a dream-...

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Does sentience need a minimally complex system
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This question gets to the heart of the issue of philosophy of mind: what is consciousness, and how did it get there? Once we know how consciousness works and how it's produced, we can answer the ...

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What are the standards for good and bad philosophy?
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My own "Intro to Philosophy" textbook said the following: Truth, Profundity, Clarity but the greatest is Clarity Truth is of course as elusive a concept as anything else discussed philosophically,...

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Is induction as a means to reach a conclusion rational?
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It's important to clarify what we mean here by 'rational'. If 'rational' means logically provable, than induction is not rational. The form of an inductive argument doesn't guarantee its correctness: ...

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When does the philosophy of a newly created (academic) discipline typically arise?
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(Adapted from my answer to a specific example of a similar question) New branches and sub-branches of philosophy aren't 'created' by a board of academic philosophers, and only after the Philosophers ...

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