Greatest Philosophical Questions

The Top Ten
1 What is the meaning of life?

42. But in a serious note, many philosophers, and people had asked this question, trying to look the true meaning of life. To conclude, life has no meaning; the answer is you choose and fill what your life’s meaning to be.

Easy... None... Come on, do you think there's a meaning? NO! This all happen by coincidence, is that hard to believe? If there's something I know is that life is made of coincidences, opportunities and risks...

There is no definite answer, because the meaning of life is anything you want to do with it, and the things you do to reach your goal.

We are the Universe becoming conscious of itself and we must maximize this awareness and Self understanding before we end.

2 Is there a God?

I think God is logically probable, given the fact that a) out of nothing, nothing comes and b) that the laws of biology, physics and mathematics seem to be too precise to be merely a coincidence.

Some people say that it is unimportant for us to now whether or not there is a god but this is wrong because if Catholics are right then all us un-believers are burning for eternity. Some say 'if your good is real then prove it to me.' But this is no more possible then proving that evolution, or the big bang is true and since it is an important thing for you to now whether or not it is true doesn't it make more sense for you to research it yourself? In the end it is all up to faith and personal experience, unless a god comes out of the sky to take all the Catholics to heaven and burn the rest of humanity for eternity... that's evidence that would be pretty hard to argue with.

There is God because God is Love. And I am sure you will not deny that there is love, that love exists if not why we live.

If our minds are limited to understand the deny or the existence of a god why should we believe in one then?

3 Is there life beyond death?

If there was life after we're dead it would mean that death doesn't exist. It's like saying that we go from A to B, travel from here to there. Since when is death not proven? It's the only thing that is sure. I can't understand why people who believes that are crying and feeling sad after a closed relative of them are dead. If they're so sure about it why is that?

I think the only way to know for sure is to experience death.

4 Where does it all come from?

A fermented can of prunes from WalMart.

5 Is there life on other planets?

There are over a trillion, or possibly over a septillion of space objects scattered throughout the universe, there are over trillions galaxies in the observable universe. Currently we have discovered several known earth like planets in total. Under the right conditions, and these estimations above, in my belief there’s a very high chance of life outside earth. They may be discovered under the form of microorganisms, plants, rocks, aquatic life or other exotic lifeform of any kind. It is sure earth is not the only one in the universe capable of supporting intelligent life. It should be common to discover life outside earth; It would be rare to spot an intelligent life species capable of thriving civilization, and colonizing other planets.

If you come from the christian perspective, then after Adam and Eve sinned, God said that the whole universe would be cursed. If their is intelligent life on other planets why would God punish them because of what we did?

If we go from the Evolution perspective, then the chances of use existing is infinitely hugely placed against use having happened, that the chances of it happening twice... is stupidly comprehensible. Some people would say that since the universe is infinite it will eventually hold every possible thing in it. to which I reply, the universe is infinite, but matter is not (from an evolution stand point), hence my previous point stands.

Life like ours would be only possible if we can find a planet equal with the distance of earth and sun. That would be not in our galaxy but in other one. So it can be possible that life outside our galaxy exist. An other speculation is that there could be life but in another form than our life. Meaning that it would be life adapted to the circumstances of hotter, colder, chemical gasses and so on.. planets.

There might be another planet like earth somewhere but nobody knows for sure

6 Does free will exist?
7 Where do we come from?
8 How much truth does religion have regarding the creation of the universe?

No matter what we believe started it, we must except that something is infinitely powerful or infinite in existence. Meaning something must have created us or something must have been there, un-created since the beginning of time. If we say that a god created us, then the amount of chance, beauty and care put into the universe would make a lot more sense. If we say that matter is from the beginning of time then matter is infinite and so is time. If time is infinite, we cannot traverse infinity, so we would never be able to get to the present because their would be an infinity of time before it came to pass. Therefore time doesn't exist, or is not infinite which beckons the question, what started time. The third option is that time is a loop, which still requires an answer of what started the loop going.

Only the creation. Something has created all this.Even if everything is chemical and about reactions there's still the question what created all the chemicals ( even the most primitive and basic chemical ). Without chemicals there would never be a reaction and without reaction there would never be a chemical made. Because we cannot answer this questions we gave birth to the theory of a creator or a God ( without offending anyone, I think we made and gave birth of a God-theory ).

Great 👍this is very understanding and really useful

9 Are people good or bad?

People are nature and I don't think nature would crate something bad. The human race is just different to other animals... We are intelligent in an other way. And we are egoistic. We get born good and some of us turn bad but in everyone at the end of their lives is a good and a "dark" side.

Good or bad is a pure ethic question. What can be bad for some people can be good to others. I think the best ethic answer is the one that the philosopher Kant has proposed : " If everyone would do what I'm thinking to do will it be good or bad for the human condition? ".

People are essentially good. It's certain circumstances which change them. Some people are weaker minded than others though. I guess it's how strong we are as individuals that determines the outcome of the choices we make.

10 What is the meaning of 'Right' and 'Wrong?'

Or an even better question, "What is 'good'? "

The Newcomers

? Is a person who is always kind to others but secretly is constantly dreaming about hurting people really a good or bad person?

Really good question. I seriously don't know how to answer well. A person that thinks about hurting other people is not necessarily bad. This person could dream to hurt people that have treated him/her badly, in this case he/she would simply be angry. But when you think about hurting everybody without even knowing them, it might be a little worrying...

I just wanted to know what you think?

The Contenders
11 Can humans become immortal?

Though I don't believe as a whole that humans can become immortal. There are many aspects to a human and I don't think any of them ever truly die, they just become something else.
Your body will decompose and your life force will feed the soil. Your ideas and memory will continue to resonate and influence throughout the world. Your soul will wander off to wherever they do.
And your own personality, and memories... what makes you who you are...

If someone says that they are immortal they can not prove it unless they show us the future in which they do not die. Whether or not they are immortal will still be in question right up until they die. If they don't die then it doesn't cut out the possibility that they will die in the future. End point: immortality is really intensely complex and we, as stupid humans should probably stop trying to wrap our minds around it.

I hope not! Experiences and surprises in life will lose their meaning.

12 What determines the fate of each individual?

What makes you you apart from the circumstances around you? What about your individuality. Your free will to choose. If you ignore your individuality and free will you're in fact saying that everything is determined including your individual fate. Yourself and the circumstances that happens around you is what makes your fate. The fact is that " what determines the fate of each individual " is wrong. It should be " what makes the fate of each individual ".

The previous answer saying "Yourself and the circumstances around you." makes me think what makes you you apart from the circumstances that you are in. If nothing then we must simply except that we are just the sum of the circumstances that are presented to a raw body that is in it self an experience to other raw bodies who all have no control over who they will become because their choices are purely random or chosen because of what happened to them in the past.

The decisions we each make determine our fate. That's what I believe anyway.

I think the decisions determines in big part

13 What is the purpose of it all?

"The purpose of it all" is to continue to ask: "What is the purpose of it all? "
To stop asking ensures a return to savage primitivity.
Judging by certain posters, we're already well on our way.

To make the best of it for yourself. The big mistake is to think that you are all or connected to all. The truth is that you just a individualistic part of all.

Humanity: to question and marvel at the beauty of the universe.
The Universe: to shine beauty and splendour to humanity.

14 How much longer will humans dominate the world?

About as this long. (from here)...(to here)

15 How did the universe really begin?

The real question is " is there an end? ". Once you know how to answer that you can be sure that there was a beginning.

16 Where are we going to?

Hopefully in the right way :D

17 What is truth?

We are not capable of attaining absolute truths so that claim should be edited, however ultimate truth exists and to think just because we cannot attain it disproves its existence doesn't make sense. Our minds a great at illuding us and our senses sending us down the wrong path but that's just a hypothesis.

There is an Absolute Truth. Only God knows it. We could understand only the relative truth, not the Absolute truth. We should search for the truth eternally. It is impossible to be told the truth to us, because we are not perfect.

There can be only one truth but there are maybe more realities.

One thing I do know, there are no absolute truths

18 If red looks like red to me, does the same colour look any different to others?

Yes. Light is the source of all colours. They reflect selectively the lightwaves of the colours we seeing. The other selective part is absorbed. About the colour red ; light has his origins in atoms. When an electron is vibrating ( that's because of the gravity outside the atom ) the energy will rise in the atom and the electron will go from the most stabilized ( the nucleus or heart of the atom ) to the less stabilized part of the atom wich is more away from the nucleus. Because it's more unstabilized the vibrating of the electron will lose energy and create waves of light. The lenght of the wave is determined by the energy inside the atom and the energy coming on the outside of the atom. The Hydrogen atom will Always produce waves ( because of his given energy value and the temperature the energy produces for that atom) that the human eye will see as red light. So, if you looking at red you're really looking at lightwaves produced by hydrogen atoms wich is the same for everybody ...more

19 If a tree falls in the forest, and nobody is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Yes of course there's a noise. It's proven that noise is produced by soundwaves. Vibrations produces a form of energy when they pass trough an object or material. Waves are the result when the sound hits the the materials or objects. There are many levels of frequency in sound. Ears of humans can hear a specific range of sound frequency. The sound itself or soundwaves are also related to pitch, duration, loudness, spatial locotion and the sonic texture of the object or material. Just because there's no one around to hear this sound at a given moment ( the example here " if a tree falls in the forest... " ) doesn't mean that the soundwaves aren't produced or that the energy is non-existence.

Of course it makes a sound! Everything that moves creates soundwaves ( humans will hear some sounds and some not while some animals will hear sounds that humans don't hear ). The easiest prove of the soundwaves is the bang you hear when a jetplane goes faster than the speed of sound ( the soundbarrier )

I love questions such as this. It gets your brain working and leads you to think about other aspects of life.

Think first of where sound comes from first.

20 Why Did Hitler Hate Jews?
21 What is the nature of Knowledge?

Curiosity is the mother of knowledge. Need is the mother of invention. Form follows function; One can conceive form, but knowledge of how to form follows from knowledge of function; We learn by relating to what we already know. Knowledge comes from sensing, conceiving, and experience; Language is central to how we think and relate and so shapes our thinking including abstractions and ideologies; Our language enables to share ideas and knowledge; Knowledge is also instinct. Some of this instinct and memory appears to be stored in DNA;
All human knowledge is relative not absolute. Our senses and reasoning flawed as such most of our knowledge is little more than beliefs; ideologies and workable theories;

Recongnizing forms and the quantity of forms is the basic nature of knowledge.

22 How can we be happy?

Just doing what makes us happy, I guess

23 To be or not to be?

Of course not to be

24 Are humans capable of more?

Everything, from build to destroy.

25 What is More Important, the Heart or the Mind?
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