2000-2020

unanswered questions

  1. What is "seeing"?
  2. what is best way to govern the world?
  3. What are you having when you are having opinions about the world?
  4. should we honor and accept the government?
  5. about language
  6. on immigration
  7. what would be a new international identity
  8. who are we?
  9. on global warming
  10. what is wrong with being politically incorrect?
  11. what stops us from reimaging the world?
  12. on our ignorance
  13. solving the American polarity
  14. on corruption
  15. is it acceptible to identify with the history of a race?
  16. what can be done about racism?
  17. what should be a white person's view of whiteness / beinng white?
  18. how do we weigh the experiences of those people we do not hear about?
  19. anecdotal vs. statistical knowledge and the mystery of the many.
  20. what is news?
  21. what is ideal news?
  22. what is it to be uneducated?
  23. How to use the Internet?
  24. What are you entitled to you have an opinion on?

  1. What is "seeing"?
  2. We see almost everything in terms of people. What are "people"?
  3. Why do people think they understand the world?
  4. Can you argue or even talk with a fundamentalist Muslim about God and morality?
  5. Can you say the n-word?
  6. What is entertainment?
  7. How can we best talk about the simultaneous complexity going on in our multitasking minds?
  8. Why can we not say why we like a kitten video on a Facebook page? Is not everything right in front of our eyes?
  9. Is Facebook good or bad?
  10. On thinking in categories. ("Oh well he is a liberal.")
  11. What is different between the world of the old vs. that of the young?
  12. What am I intellectually angry about?
  13. What are the justification for capitalism?
  14. In what ways can we be said to "see" the world (and in which ways can we not)?
  15. What can we say about the origin and evolution of language?
  16. Is there any reason to think primitive people have a better world-view or a better sense of realities than we moderns do?
  17. Will a better awareness of our ignorance help?
  18. Does music demand a video?
  19. We need a different origin story than Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. What should it be?
  20. Do we need a world prayer? Is so, what would it be?
  21. What, of ethical or philosophical significance, can be said in few words?
  22. Can mankind be reformed?
  23. Why can we not eliminate television?
  24. What is it to leave something unfinished?
  25. What is your Facebook involvement?
  26. What do we see when we see a child?
  27. What do we need to know?
  28. What do we need to know that we do not know?
  29. Why, exactly, can you not understand yourself?
  30. We need a world prayer, one that can be said and is sanctified by each religion. Our snap-reaction is that this will never happen. The question is: Why the fuck not?
  31. What can be figured out in an arm-chair? and what not?
  32. What is the value of human life?
  33. What does it mean to be "human"?
  34. What is "masculinity"?
  35. Why is _____________________ (e.g. Chopin) great?
  36. Can our universe be described? Can there be a universe we can describe?
  37. We should attempt to connect the linguistic contexts. What can that possibly mean? Are our judgments part of that?
  38. Why or how can we stop using a word?
  39. "We only experience the present." What kind of sentence is that?
  40. What it is to be bored?
  41. Without my self-confidence, who am I?
  42. Humans want the same things: Humans want love. Humans want peace. Humans want to have babies. They want their babies to have babies. They want their babies' babies to have babies. (What is wrong with this picture?)
  43. Why is there is perennial fascination with spells and incantations when there are no such things?
  44. Why is it cute for women to masturbate, while men who masturbates are pathetic losers? Because anytime a woman does something sexually assertive it is to be applauded, while with a man, the opposite is true? Because in orgasm, a woman experiences an inner thrill, while a man makes a big, sticky mess? Because a woman can be satisfied, while a man cannot? Because a male orgasm is not only about orgasm, but also about possession?
  45. What is the morality of religious leadership? What is the morality of religious followership?
  46. Why haven't the media taken on the post-modern viewpoint? Why does it still pretended it is simply reporting on reality?
  47. Who is god's god?
  48. Is there a privileged narrative better than other narratives? The answer is not necessarily no on that. Some sentences are better than other.
  49. Is this holiness, or assholiness?
  50. People should be sent to Interesting School. (What is the curriculum in Interesting School?)
  51. Science can't supply much for the following: moksha, enlightenment, the true nature of reality, grace, forgiveness, purity, humility. (1) Philosophically what is the ontological status of those concepts? And (2)personally, what is the personal need of those things. Can those needs be satisfied outside of a religious metaphysics?
  52. Why can't churches honor people holding different beliefs, knowing that as humans, our understanding is limited and necessarily incomplete?
  53. What would be the ideal entertainment?
  54. Can there be a religion with no imaginary beings and no silly stories?
  55. If reality is such a problematic concept why do we fall into using it so "naturally"?
  56. How do you fit the brilliant people into one narrative? How do you mash up Heidegger and Wittgenstein? (How do you mash up the early Wittgenstein and the later Wittgenstein?)
  57. Maybe human life is, essentially a predicament (a "difficult, perplexing, or trying situation"), both objectively in fact and subjectively in experience? Fine. Now why can't we all agree on that?
  58. What is celebrity?
  59. I see so many use words unselfconsciously. People speak as though there is an answer to 'What is religion?' or 'What is reality?'
  60. Can one take pride in the Exodus or in King David if one does not believe it to be historically true? Is this like cutting down the facts of our culture heroes, like Washington or Lincoln?
  61. What would be the features of a being a more intelligent than human beings?
  62. There is something inside us that constantly responds to, as well as constantly emits, erotic stimulation?
  63. What would it be like to know 100,000 people? We will never know.
  64. Suppose just before you enter heaven and just for a few days, (for as long as you could stand it) you could wander the world throughout time and space, seeing whatever you wanted to see. What would you see? How would that help?
  65. What would the earth be like if it were perfect?
    Almost all people are nice. How would we organize our world if all the people in the world were nice, and we did not have to protect ourselves?
  66. When did "inappropriate" become "sinful" or "morally wrong"? We might suggest that something may not be appropriate, and fit in to the situation. But this makes it gauche, not immoral. Who can say that something is never appropriate? (Another way we are slouching towards secular fundamentalism.)
  67. Who wants explanations? We want fun. We want glamor and sexiness. We want emotions, weirdness and limbic thrills. We want vampires. We want astrology. We want pet psychics. We want know-it-alls, we want people who claim they can do what no one can actually do.
  68. People think that human behavior could be reduced to a complicated mathematical formula? How can we even think that?
  69. What do you have to believe to believe that: The US is the greatest country on earth?
  70. NOT: Why is prostitution wrong? But: What is wrong about prostitution?
  71. What does it mean to say we think in stories? Do we understand our lives in stories?
  72. Why aren't rich people more sympathetic to poor people?
  73. What does it mean to say I could understand the world if only I were a little smarter?
  74. To what extent do we all participate in the power (hopes, dreams, delusions) of the irrational?
  75. Why would our government ban ecstasy, a drug that makes us love people? How then are we to increase the amount of love in the world?
  76. What is my own ideal Ethics class?
  77. What do you have to believe to believe that: Love is not really important?
  78. What it is to plan, to think: let's do it tomorrow?
  79. References to books in conversation are seldom more incisive than references to a movie. "Did you read ______________.? Wasn't that a great book!"
  80. You know maybe ten adult people. Your view of the world should at least fit those ten. Now, what about the other six billion?
  81. What makes something mine? This is My house, my land, my wife and kids. It seems so solid and ntaural.
  82. What are the limits to what we can legitimately be offended by?
  83. What is there to figure out?
  84. What did you discover from experimenting with drugs?
  85. Why do we think that life would be better if it weren't so cerebral?
  86. Are there stupid people? Are there ugly people? Are there evil people?
  87. So who do I want to pretend to be?
  88. Why am I affected by certain events in my day and not others? Here are three theories: (1) Events happen by accident and we, weak creatures, are affected by them. (2) We have our moods constantly running in the background, like processes in an operating system. (3) Events that happen in the world resonate or trigger our subconscious moods and fears.
  89. What about giving an epistemological quotient for our facts?
  90. Why, in our society, is the teacher treated with so little respect?
  91. Why does insomnia always have to happen at night? It would be better if I were wide awake and couldn't sleep say at two in the afternoon.
  92. You think you overthink things? Don't flatter yourself.
  93. Why do I even identify with America? America is a world run by people who care primarily about money and power.
  94. So we are monkeys. What is the value of saying that?
  95. Can we consider all human action as unconscious?
  96. what is capitalism without freedom
  97. How is understanding different from fantasy knowledge?
  98. You can, amazingly enough, disrespect someone by a gesture. But what if you really thought that a certain hand gesture would really harm your mother? That would put it into another realm. Witchcraft?
  99. What are comforting idea? How should we think about them?
  100. Existentialists tell us: life is a predicament. If that is true, what kind of fucked up animal are we?
  101. So I can simply change myself? Well, fuck! That changes everything.
  102. What is magic?
  103. Everyone is a god-damn person. How do you get to be a person?
  104. Why do we not know we are dreaming? Where is our sense of reality then?
  105. Can you make a fake culture? Why not?
  106. Our over regulated, law-driven world will not go away on its own. So now what?
  107. What objects do you see phenomenologically in peripheral vision?
  108. Do we need feelings of mystery to live in the world? the feeling of the inexplicable the feeling of being special the feeling someone may be attracted to me the feeling of understanding the feeling of living forever the feeling of being loved the feeling of being lucky
  109. Do you have to read Kant in order to understand Kant?
  110. Can mathematics be seen as reason developed into a sport?
  111. I no longer believe historical museums. That their view of the past changes over the decades, as tastes change and as my own tastes change. They always look a bit like the current art fashions and political correctnesses. Museums have a huge amount of stuff undisplayed in their basements. They pick out the stuff that resonates with today's aesthetics and values. I read that 25% of all the artwork in Pompeii was pornographic. Yet they never showed me that stuff when they talked about Pompeii. Who are they to alter the past? We present the past in own image, we bowdlerize.
  112. How would you like to be treated?
  113. Is family all that matters? Really? That's sort of a shitty life.
  114. Where do we evolve from here?
  115. Does the concept of "what i am thinking" make any sense?
  116. Are there things say among our own race we do not say in mixed race company? Are there things we say about race only behind closed doors? Do we speak, do we act for our race? I am not a racist, but I am race-aware and race subconscious.
  117. Why can't we just accept another person's beliefs? "What the hell. I'll just adopt your beliefs."
  118. What goes on in a conversation that you do not talk about in the conversation?
  119. Why is it so hard for cultures to live close to each other?
  120. Shouldn't writing a philosophy book be easy? Don't we all live in the same world? Shouldn't we have it figured out by now?
  121. What if believing in God was more like doing meditation. It is useful and calming, but you may not always have the time. You would recognize it's value, feeling perhaps you should do it more often. Would that even be possible?
  122. What is the phenomenology of living the mythical life?
  123. What is effect of the quick MTV video cutting?
  124. Why do we all understand the voodoo doll? It seems incredibly stupid. But we understand stupidity — from personal experience.
  125. What is a non-pejorative, value free word for pornography? What about VTSN: visual taboos of a sexual nature?
  126. What game are we playing? (Humans play multiple games at once.)
  127. What is it to be hip?
  128. Is it ok to be unhappy and upset about things you cannot change? Like aging and dying and being me? Yes. That would be called grief.
  129. Traveling is usually a good education. How can schools be made more like traveling?
  130. Why are there stories about monsters in all civilizations, yet there are no monsters?
  131. Why must there be only one theory of ethics? Indeed, why must there be any theory of ethics? Why must our moral choices be run through a theory?
  132. What does society lose in if no one can read Mill or Nietzsche? or appreciate classical music?
  133. There is no proof that we really need proof. Is it reasonable to be reasonable?
  134. What is Wikipedia?
  135. Where does power fit in here? Status. Fear. Shyness. It is hidden to the oppressor, but not to the oppressed.
  136. If everyone in the world was like you, would it be a peaceful world?
  137. How can we live in the surveillance society
  138. Got delusions?
  139. What is the difference between narrative and explanation?
  140. What is the Internet?
  141. There are no words for the largest concept of the world. Why would there be? We think we can make these words. Perhaps we can, but the other hypothesis is that we can't.
  142. If you can look it up on Internet, why teach it? You should teach how to look it up.
  143. Where are the "right to life" people on the killing of civilians in the Middle East? They should be horrified!
  144. Why do I worry less about my own failings than about the failings of George Bush?
  145. We are talking about the wrong things in the election.
  146. What is reason?
  147. What if you had to pass your school exams in order to get laid? Or get good grades in science? Things would change. But the requirements for sex are not of these kinds. No exam is required, either before the act, or after.
  148. What would it be like if people only said something when they had something to say?
  149. Does the word superstition have any meaning?
  150. When are human beings telling the truth? Often they themselves don't know.
  151. How much of being is human is over-riding human behavior?
  152. Oh that? That was just something my brain thought.
  153. Is it ok to be racist in your choice of sexual partners?
  154. Do deer see the antlers of other deer? Or We have things we can't see, it in selves or other people? (like what)
  155. We are moving towards a society of full employment where no one is working. Everyone is contributing to a huge waste of time. In organizations, reports are filed. Often the point isn't what is in the report, or whether you or anyone thought hard about the data in the report; the point is, did you file the report? The report has to be filed by July 25?
  156. Questions for the Old™: In your life, what worked for you?
  157. What if they made the world habitable and pure, with clean air, water and food, but they made it ugly — perhaps by paving it over?
  158. What would words be without their connotations?
  159. Is it wrong to hum while having sex?
  160. What is studying? Can you think without studying?
  161. What is the perennial appeal of the blues? Are we all doing time in a personal Folsom?
  162. If you cannot speaking in philosophical generalization (as I counsel) can we still speak in moral laws? They too must be treated with some sophistication. (Which may reduce their usefulness.)
  163. What kind of fantasies and delusions did you have as a kid? Other people had secret signals or special powers? Are these fantasies every truly gone?
  164. I'm at the beach. (What does this remind me of?)
  165. Why should I argue with you? You are not even listening to me.
  166. What is it to change your attention?
  167. What will the super-rich do?
  168. Are we capable of living meta? Yes, no: we are capable of understand the truth like we understand evolution, or analyze media but it is hard. We can analyze any reaction from several points of views at one time and we do. But sometimes we can only talk about it later.
  169. How can there not be a fixed list of emotions?
  170. What is it to find a reason for a feeling? I cannot tell if my depression is caused by my lingering flu, my difficulties in writing a philosophy book or my static life. why is that? It seems a foolish way to run a soul.
  171. After a tragedy, people do strange things: they award posthumous degrees, tape teddy bears to crosses, bringing roses, fly flag at half mast. Such things are accepted as an expression of reverence, and are not to be looked at reasonably, no matter how idiotic they may be. But just what is the point here? If people do get pleasure out of this, surely it is a pleasure that should not be encouraged.
  172. Will there ever be a revolution?
  173. How come "atom" or "car" doesn't get to be a cliché?
  174. What does a delusion look like from the inside?
  175. Many people get mad if you disagree with them. What does this tell us about truth?
  176. What would a non-rational explanation be?
  177. Points of view is an visual metaphor. Can it be done aurally?
  178. Whatever made you think education should be entertaining?
  179. So we have to lie and dissimulate for the morale of the troops? That couldn't be good for morale.
  180. Is assisted living living? Is assisted thinking thinking?
  181. We must learn to see and to feel the animalistic side of our intelligence. All our words baked by threats and posturing. Words are antlers. Is it all bluster? No.
  182. What is the best form of government, today?
  183. Why do we crave knowledge?
  184. During the next lull in your conversation, ask: "Do I smell too good? Is that bothering anyone?"
  185. Why don't primitive people remember that long ago they came into a new valley and overcame the adverse elements? Why do they speak of gods? Do people think in gods?
  186. Using the metric of how many novel thoughts I am having, my trip is great. But by the metric of getting laid, or (its mature version) of meeting attractive strangers, my trip is a failure. Why am I driven to still use the latter?
  187. How can we assemble persons from the minimal information provided in a novel?
  188. Why do we need a world narrative? Why can't we be satisfied with a meta-narrative?
  189. Idea: map of world over time: What did the people who lived here have for breakfast?
  190. Is it like puzzle of five matches and make four triangles with them. Is that a new idea?
  191. What do we want when we want to be good? Acceptance, approval?
  192. What would it be like to live in a country governed by wise leaders and wise bureaucracies?
  193. What is it to enjoy a book?
  194. When testing speakers we can adjust a lot with the various audio controls. Perhaps human beings are like that as well. What is human nature? What is reality?
  195. Would it be possible to practicing walking around the world being as unselfconscious of other people as we are of trees? We don't walk into trees.
  196. What if people could watch each other on the web all the time?
  197. If you made it so your kids would really miss you when you died, have you screwed up your parenting by bringing unnecessary unhappiness into their lives?
  198. How is it that we fantasize, and that we can see different possibilities before they have happened?
  199. How do we know if the world is changing very fast?
  200. What would be different if I had essential insight, if I understood the world? I would still enjoy the beauty of nature, the erotic world, food. Wouldn't there always be a horizon of ignorance, the undiscovered parts of the world?
  201. People told you you were made by a god. Why would you ever believe that?
  202. Can there be a poem that only you understand? Perhaps if it involved experiences of your childhood.
  203. Are homosexuals also grossed out by heterosexuals?
  204. What is this fascination of religion with sex?
  205. How do we de-status human relationships? That would be a spiritual move.
  206. Why are we so interesting to ourselves?
  207. What do you need to understand to understand the world? (What are the things you might need to understand in order to understand the world.)
  208. Why is combat such a central metaphor? Because we are animals?
  209. Are you just who you happen to be?
  210. It may have been said before, but is it understood today?
  211. Can you increase your capacity for happiness? Or am I stuck in the wrong metaphor?
  212. Since He created him, shouldn't we be grateful to God for Satan?
  213. Isn't it a moral duty to get fucked-up on the holidays?
  214. Do we have a moral duty to be lovable? Do we have a moral duty to be tolerable?
  215. It would be interesting to spend a year among unattractive people. After a year, would some of them become more attractive?
  216. What is it to describe the use of a word in a language-game?
  217. How do we stabilize our population?
  218. Why do we still have groundhog day? The science is completely bogus.
  219. Why do we love to read text messages?
  220. How much of what you think about yourself is total bullshit?
  221. What is my own ideal Critical Thinking course?
  222. We like to do what we have always done. This involves not-thinking, in the sense of reorganizing. Why is it hard to change?
  223. Christianity hasn't worked out in nearly twenty centuries. How much longer are we going to give this?
  224. Can we imagine people without language?
  225. Is Wikipedia part of your brain?
  226. If the Internet is vast and deep, why do we spend our time in just a small corner?
  227. Why are people (at the airport) reading crap? (Why is crap so interesting?)
  228. Who played Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye?
  229. Is self-esteem an emotion, or a tendency to have certain emotions?
  230. What current political beliefs and political problems are caused by belief in non-existent beings? By a belief in a so-called God who demands a few things from his worshippers, some of which are moral, some of which are not?
  231. What is the importance of etymology? Surely we could invent new words for all our words? Or do the hidden metaphors and cross-references provide essential subconscious mind-holds for our brain?
  232. If God is so smart why is there nothing about diet and exercise in the Bible?
  233. What was the pre-computer word for multitasking?
  234. Why do we speak of "the love of knowledge"? What is lovable about knowledge?
  235. Who administers the administrators?
  236. I am more frightened of blacks than of Mexicans. What kind of statement is that?
  237. Why do we take sides in history?
  238. "Hi honey! I'm here at the symphony. It's a great performance. Can you hear it? There sure are lot of people here. How's your mom doing?"
  239. You want a girl, a friends, generic concepts in your life. People fit into these function. What are these social roles?
  240. Enlightenment? You can't handle enlightenment!
  241. What is the church of my dreams?
  242. What is the difference between fantasy news (from a fantasy culture) and "real" news?
  243. How would God himself create world peace among all these humans?
  244. If you don't love someone any more, did you ever?
  245. Would you rather have the feeling of profundity than be profound but unable to appreciate it?
  246. We do not understand the rules of the language game even as we play it incessantly. How can that be?
  247. In seeking an intellectual understanding, how do we know we are not winding up with a personal accommodation?
  248. New Concepts: the alter-ego
  249. What is it to "meditate"? There might be many layers that only reveal themselves over time. This is also true of words like culture, sex, and truth.
  250. Who is this "me"?
  251. Why the persistence of our images of ancient rulers? Despite the fact that their actual use in politics is no longer useful, we talk incessantly of kings and emperors.
  252. A true religion has to encourage the brotherhood of man and an ethic of love. How do I know this? That's what my spiritual sense tells me.
  253. Driving to work i turn off the radio as usual but I have NO thoughts. I don't know why. And I don't know why I don't know why. And I don't know why I don't know why I don't know why. Why are we so self-unconscious?
  254. How or what should you debate with religious people?
  255. Why do people have different ideas about the world?
  256. Why aren't we all Democrats or all Republicans?
  257. United we stand? No, united we usually lie down.
  258. Why can't we come to some agreement on reality?
  259. Did we have the concept of hospitality before we had rules of hospitality?
  260. Why not have each culture write up their own politically correct history: Europeans, Native American and Mexicans. What would that look like? They would not be identical.
  261. What would the world be like with no copyright?
  262. If I want to take drugs, stay drunk, watch television, and live off the dole, why is this a problem?
  263. I think I am or at least can be in control of myself. This is almost a contradiction. Am in control of what I think about myself?
  264. If future does not have to be like the past, why is the future like the past?
  265. Why give equal pay for one who has a family and for one who has not?
  266. Why do we even have a religion?
  267. Are these illusions real? I hope they are not illusory illusions.
  268. Can you take a picture of the universe, a picture of everything that is?
  269. If you are jealous whose fault is that? Is that a moral question?
  270. Why are we here? Most of us aren't good for anything except raising a family.
  271. So, what is none of your business?
  272. Why do religions place so many restrictions on sexuality? Is it because free sex is the prerogative of the alpha male? Giving up sex is a clear signal you are not in charge.
  273. Does the salmon wonder what he is doing as he battles waterfalls up a cold surging river? If he could speak, would he find agreement among the other salmon?
  274. What would someone who thinks like me think?
  275. What is (genuine) creativity
  276. "How are you?" We ask that (in part) because If you am in a good mood, my interaction with you will probably be more fun for me.
  277. Why are people sad when people die?
  278. Shouldn't politicians and CEOs be tested to be sure they are not psychopaths? (Power) politics aside, can psychologist do that? If they cannot, then what exactly are they telling us about sociopaths? Or does the apparent success of politicians and business leaders in their field trump their psychological limitations?
  279. How will we ever feel that some basic philosophical questions are stupid? What do we feel si stupid?
  280. If there were a god, would it be quite ok to pray for sex, money, and misfortune for my enemies? What are the rules about praying anyway?
  281. Why is it no longer socially important to seek love or world peace? Why do we not know why things change? Or even recognize that the standards of acceptability have changed.
  282. Why do people like pets?
  283. When do you love your kids too much, or too blindly?
  284. What would it be not to overestimate your ability to understand science.
  285. What can't be said in a sentence or two?
  286. What do you have to believe to believe that: A statue of a god could guard a harbor?
  287. What will I think tomorrow?
  288. what are some things we cannot seem to learn?
  289. In a group of 50 people, pick out the person who most like you. How would you choose?
  290. Must I accept the world as it is? Must I accept the world as I see it?
  291. Concept of the protectors of the subconscious: Why are they there? What is resistance?
  292. Health articles tell us to do this and don't do that. Modern laws tell us not to do this and not to do that. Is this the contemporary version of religious taboos? Humans are comfortable going through life not doing this and not doing that.
  293. How can I be loved for things I don't love about myself?
  294. In 1960, whoever thought that in the world of the future, men would wear baseball hats?
  295. Who gets to make the politically correct terms? Shouldn't this should be a job for our Poet Laureate?
  296. How do we talk about something that cannot be talked about? What do we mean by saying something cannot be talked about? [not described, but without experience words do not mean much sex, vacation]
  297. What are some statistics about the world that we will never know.
  298. When I have emotions from a book or a poem or a movie (sympathetic emotions), are they mine or not?
  299. When Jesus turned water into wine, did Jesus turn water into really good wine?
  300. The delusion of the family is the delusion of the tribe: Who is on our side? Who do we defend? Who is us?
  301. Isn't that why we are put here one earth, to write novels?
  302. What is reality?
  303. What do you think of a person who does not honor anything?
  304. When we listen with interest to Terry Gross ask Loretta Lynn about her song 'Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)' what exactly are we interested in?
  305. So why can't a cat watch television?
  306. How do we get to the point where the stock market determines anything?
  307. What kind of world is beyond our understanding faulty?
  308. Is there a drug way of thinking? Is it valuable?
  309. To what extent am I responsible for crimes of my gender?
  310. Why do we still have war?
  311. What is a new idea? New facts, new conjectures disguised as a new facts. We found this new skull, based on facts, techniques, protect, document, But theory is that new species New facts, new discoveries, new ways of looking at things. Is a Rorschach test a new idea? Is it like puzzle of five matches and make four triangles with them. Is that a new idea?
  312. Why do we believe that there could be telekinesis? (It never works.)
  313. On Israel's right to exist: If a tribe of well-armed Native Americans with a legitimate historical claim (like the Lenni Lenapes) had taken over New Jersey in 1947, would the US have forgotten and forgiven this by now?
  314. Two intelligent people reading the newspaper. If these people are not fit to understand the world, democracy means very little. If we do not have democracy, what do we have?
  315. Philosophy books that seem to talk about the meaning of the world in interesting and provocative ways, are never upsummable. But then, what is?
  316. Why are you normal? It seems so stupid. Oh I forget! Being normal means you don't have to answer that question.
  317. What it is to be lonely?
  318. Is it true that unless sex is held in place by very strong taboos, we will get nothing done at all?
  319. In what sense do you see the world by looking at a map?
  320. Is civilization just a dream? a shared dream?
  321. Can the limbic system be trained?
  322. Is there is a dharma? Is there a way to live?
  323. Why is not insight also news?
  324. What if men (and women) suddenly and inexplicably lost all interest in looking at women? Suddenly (and inexplicably) tight shirts, low-cut jeans, cleavage, high-heels and long legs never got a second look. How would women dress then?
  325. Looked at from a distance, the planet is occupied by million of people who randomly interact with one another much of the time. But looked at internally, we have words like 'luck, 'fate' and 'synchronicity' whereby we invest many of these seemingly random acts with meaning and significance. Sometimes it is the vary random acts that have had the most significance in our lives. "I met my wife as we bumped into one another walking into a classroom." What is happening here? Do we treasure these acts that displace us from the expected, and because of their non-routine nature, strike us as more vivid?
  326. I only think of what I look like in the first person. Today we are more 3rd person movie What is my 3rd person persona?
  327. Who is the world's richest blues singer?
  328. What should the non-philosophers do?
  329. Should you have opinions on things you know nothing about?
  330. We talk of cultures, but these days, most cultures are dull. (It did not used to be that way.) What about livening things up by creating cultures that are better than the ones we have?
  331. We listen to music. What do people listen to in nature when they listen? Is it that bird songs are a sign of peace? In music people listen to more of the same.
  332. We don't know why we like celebrities. Although they are quite different, it is so easy for us to lump them together. Who cares why we like them? We don't know that.
  333. Why is television so popular? And so incapable of being spoken about?
  334. What facts do I need to know about the world in order to understand the world?
  335. Being normal - how hard can it be? Most people do it. (How hard can it to swim underwater? Fish can do it.)
  336. Complicated answers to simple questions: "How are you?" "It's hard to put into words. Let me do an interpretive dance. It will last a day. At the end of the performance you will see how I am doing."
  337. We stupefy ourselves with fantastic narratives that metaphorize our own power conceptions of people onto the world. When can we do that?
  338. Why is religion so persistent?
  339. Why do we fear rejection? Why do we reject?.
  340. What if I live in a world where everyone was hipper and smarter than me. They listened to their own clever music, and had read many great books that "you have to read." I would be isolated. I would say my little piece: "blah-blah-blah..." and they would simply trump me. "Have you read Gigglesby on that?" or "Terry Pratchett is good. But have you read the hundred volumes of Rudy Frond? He's Australian."
  341. There is a good chance it has all been said already. But will I ever understand it?
  342. Since there are now more people, more books, more movies, shouldn't the Top 10 Lists be expanding to a Top 17 or Top 22?
  343. Is finding happiness too easy? Or too hard?
  344. People startle and frighten us. We may be thinking over a complex set of thoughts. Someone asks us "How are you?" We reply "OK." And no one is the wiser.
  345. Why would women dress up in a way that would attract any male in the world?
  346. Do we need a threat to keep us in line?
  347. What is it to be "offended"?
  348. Does it really matter if god exists? Could he exist like a virtual personal morality trainer?
  349. Why are superior powers are a recurring theme of mass art: as in vampires, serial killers, heroes, gods and aliens?
  350. What is difference between loving God and loving your spouse?
  351. Shouldn't ultimate reality be the easiest thing to think about? Like the moon, we see it all the time.
  352. What is cause and effect? What has causes. What does not have causes.
  353. What is a nature hike without a little fear?
  354. Thinking of our super-surveillance society: We are not the same when people are watching. We are not ourselves. Should we be?
  355. Has math and literature become less relevant over time? We don't need math for building or cooking. Our bank balances our checkbooks. Reading too has many alternatives as well as many competing entertainments.
  356. Can democracy work if most people are ignorant assholes? Perhaps all that matters is that people thinks it works.
  357. How do you stop worrying?
  358. Superior powers are a recurring theme of mass art: as in vampires, serial killers, heroes, gods and aliens?
  359. When being introduced to someone for the first time ask them: "What do you wish I really wanted to talk about? (What things do you wish I would take a deep interest in?") This is something I also need to answer for myself.
  360. Why culture?
  361. What do you have to believe to believe that: There is no evolution?
  362. What!? NO REWARD for good deeds? Unacceptable!
  363. I buy books. I can buy them quickly and almost without thinking. What is going on?
  364. What do you have to believe to believe that: The government should not let anyone starve?
  365. Is there a lot of stuff we don't let ourselves think?
  366. If A loves B and C loves B, why does not A love C?
  367. People are constantly re-enacting the Civil War. Why recreate war? Why not re-enact the great parties of the past?
  368. There are limits to what I can be at this age: not sports, sex, adventurer, soldier, career, pension... What can I still be? An artist perhaps, but perhaps not an ambitious artist.
  369. With the Internet everywhere, why are we not smarter?
  370. How can a revolution happen?
  371. What is the exact opposite of flying the American flag?
  372. Can one be a religionist in the same negative sense one is a racist: by thinking that your religion is better than all other religions?
  373. It is funny how everyone has answers to life's great problems: what should we do about schools, how should we raise our kids, what should we do about crime, does God exits, what is God like, what does God want, what is the right way to be? Why?
  374. If we do not see the forest for the trees. what do we not see for the forests?
  375. What if all beggars were just what they said they are?
  376. What will people think . . . next?
  377. What is the ideal society? (for me? for others?)
  378. How can I convince anyone we don't understand language?
  379. On what job is stupidity an asset? Maybe in coaching, a neanderthalian stolidity is useful.
  380. When do we say a bureaucrat "over-reacted" to a security scare?
  381. What is a sign that an animal is using reason or rationality?
  382. Everybody is an individual. How can you not be like everybody else and not be an individual?
  383. People are willing and open to think about personal counseling and self-help. They are comfortable with talk of guilt, shame, inadequacy, compulsions and neuroses. But why don't we apply the ideals of counseling and the need for counseling to our sociological entities like organizations, governments, bureaucracies, nation states and media? These too are all hosts to a varieties of dysfunctionalities.
  384. Exit line at work: Do we have a date then? I'll meet you here in the morning.
  385. Are fantasy yearnings (for salvation, for a perfect lover) real feelings?
  386. We could divide the world into zones, each one dedicated to a different culture with different morés. people could be free to move between them. We could certainly do this. Why do we not?
  387. Why does it not occur to us that we are sadly lacking in vocabulary? Because we speak successfully with this all the time. We ask and answer questions, we are correct or incorrect. We are satisfied.
  388. Why do people not think (like I do?)
  389. How does a dog decide what to do?
  390. What is it to 'love'?
  391. Are we monkeys? Of course not. But we have monkeytude, mammaltude, and animality bred into the daily essence of our being. We have monkey elements to the very core of our being. We know it but we do not honor it or make much awareness of it. We tend to think we are always being reasonable.
  392. You know a person. You know a person over time. Can you therefore predict a society over time? I think not. Think of water. How can you predict ice, or clouds? Think of dirt. Can you predict mud-slides, or volcanic uprising?
  393. When it comes to religion, why is it so hard to say "But that's only my opinion..."?
  394. Instead of seeing our choice of Democrat and Republican as a matter or reason, we should see it as a matter of temperament. Why do you gravitate to this? This is more a matter of acceptance than a matter of reason.
  395. Do we need a narrative? Does an actor need motivation: what is my motivation here?
  396. Metaphors come with the culture. "Spin one's wheels." How did we express this before cars (or maybe trains)?
  397. What is family?
  398. If I had to believe (as opposed to know/prove), what would I believe?
  399. What is wrong about racism wrong?
  400. What if our role model isn't real?
  401. Why do developmentally disabled people smile all the time? Shouldn't they be scowling?
  402. Why do all cultures have myths and fairy tales when not a single one of them is true?
  403. What if we gave free wet t-shirt contests, NASCAR races, loud rock concerts and nobody came?
  404. (What is an idea?) We can make new art, new music, new poetry. Can we make new ideas? You would think we would get new ideas daily. Does a new idea have to be one that is accepted by a group of people?
  405. What have we forgotten if we have forgotten the sacred?
  406. Why don't you want an old body dance? You don't want to have your attention drawn to them. Who wants to see an old person dance? This is the source of much of the feelings that concern age-inappropriate behavior.
  407. Abstracts of papers and books are usually written either by the writer or by the publisher as a money-making blurb. We need more objective assessments of academic articles and books. This would be a kind of intellectual tags. Surely this is possible! Is the academic community incapable of judging the true worth of a publication?
  408. How detailed do you go? You visit not only the cathedral, but also the apartment house near the cathedral. Do you look in the drawers? In the closet? Do you find the hidden compartment in the closet containing an intimate diary the writer has forgotten about? Do you read the diary?
  409. What would an intelligent movie be? Well, what is an intelligent book?
  410. When you are talking about say sports or games, you know your generalizations are bullshit, but when you talk about your experiences, or your qualia, in a way you are talking about nothing at all. You are talking about a model. [What is a model?]
  411. Humans have a strong cross-cultural tendency to think of themselves as special, as children or creations of a god. What if we did not think of ourselves as special creation in the universe? Could we even do that? Our specialness is part of the survival instinct of our tribes.
  412. Why is it ok to be "addicted" to reality shows, shopping, chocolate or football, but not to drugs?
  413. We humans are all liars. What does that mean?
  414. Why has Internet anonymity not given us freedom and flowerings, instead of trolls and shit?
  415. What might I want to be healed from?
  416. If religious fundamentalism, torture and words like "blasphemy" can return to our world, why not "aristocracy" and "feudalism"?
  417. I watch TV. Who are these people pretending to be people?
  418. What are you doing when you read a book about traveling? What then are you doing when you read a novel about people?
  419. Let us say we see an incredible sport play or an feat of juggling. A philosopher, before he wants to talk about that incredible event, wants to bounce a ball up and down and ask how that works. Can we say this ball is round? What is a ball? In this way academic philosophy abandons anything interesting about the world.
  420. We live in the moment at a specific time and place. (What else can we do?)
  421. How do we know the world is changing very fast?
  422. What is it to watch a TV series? There are different (sets of) answers for different people — and for different TV series.
  423. The bear, the bird, the wasp and the frog, all have an inherent dignity. Why not the human?
  424. What is mature religion? What is immature religion?
  425. What is the best picture of the universe?
  426. What is this "real life" which yours is not (yet)?
  427. It's funny how we glorify certain highly totalitarian and repressive systems that killed millions of people, like the European aristocracy and the Catholic Church, while we vilify other, like the Communist Party. Was this because the latter did not give us enough good art, music and architecture?
  428. Is the division between deep and shallow, deep or shallow?
  429. Do we like the wood grain pattern in our furnishings because it demonstrates our mastery over the powerful wood?
  430. Who is the patron saint of sex?
  431. What is worth dying for?
  432. Why is it that with other races the blame goes to the race and not the individual? Why do we see the race before we see the individuals?
  433. What are saying with our clothes? We're may or may not be saying anything really. We can distance ourselves from whatever we may signify.
  434. Timeless philosophy is forever? Forever? Most people don't even study philosophy any more? Timeless philosophy is no longer fashionable.
  435. What is the relation between authority and power?
  436. So, where are the best part of Maya? The ones I need to see before I die?
  437. How did the mathematical description of bodies with mass, come to be the paradigmatic description of the universe? Is it because that is something we can agree on?
  438. What is philosophy? (What should it be?)
  439. Is Heaven where you get to see all the answers?
  440. How did we get so damn postmodern?
  441. What is it to learn math? What is it to learn science?
  442. What is honor?
  443. Complicated non-answers to simple questions: "How are you?" "Oh-boy!"
  444. Is there a spiritual path of skepticism and doubts?
  445. About the wisdom of our time: Do we now understand Shakespeare (or Hemingway, or Woolf) any better than we did in 1965?
  446. What is the wisdom of elders?
  447. What could I say to people I admire like George Lakoff or Marvin Minsky? If I met Beethoven should I just sing along to one of his quartet?
  448. Should European feel proud that their ancestors who conquered much of the world, defeating other cultures? They instilled fear into all other tribes. Should anyone ever feel proud of the military prowess of their ancestors?
  449. You think it is enough just to believe that Jesus exists? Don't you have to live out any of his precepts.
  450. You can't tell the lawyer warnings ("the coffee is hot", "you can get hurt on the trampoline", "don't eat the plastic") from actual warnings ("this product unexpectedly shoots out bullets", "the circular saw can cut off a finger of you are not careful"). It all becomes yadda-yadda. Could I sue someone over this?
  451. Can intelligence be taught? Can an education be evaluated?
  452. If astrology were true, so what? What problems does astrology actually solve?
  453. I cannot tell if my depression is caused by my lingering flu, my difficulties in writing a philosophy book or my static life. Why is that? It seems a foolish way to run a soul.
  454. What is the test for watching a movie correctly?
  455. Why are most love songs sung by people in their twenties? Why are not the truest love songs be sung by those in their sixties?
  456. Idea: Why don't all museums have a conversation pit?
  457. What if church started when you woke up on Sunday, and you were unusually nice to everyone in everything you did?
  458. If we don't see the lenses through which we see things, how do we know they are there?
  459. Seriously, why are so many people down on gays anyway? It seems so trivial.
  460. How do you know when you are fooling yourself?
  461. What then is a lighthearted ritual? A gesture of resonance, like a dance? as compared with a ritual that thinks of itself as cause and effect.
  462. Why must books have so many screen-fuls of information?
  463. You have a pet because of what you want to do with a pet. Now, why do you want to do what you do with a pet? We want to not-grow up, and play. We want to care.
  464. I would think that in a museum of all places conversations would better than average. At the very least they would try to have an interesting conversation, perhaps about art?! I would think that being in a museum would dissolve the encrustations of the conventional. (But I would be wrong.)
  465. (How) can I understand ancestor worship?
  466. How do we evaluate different cultures? Do we evaluate different cultures?
  467. Bonding is vital, but we can surely ask: Why bond for life with only one person? at a time? Why limit sex to our bondee of the moment?
  468. How can we not bore one another?
  469. What would a language be like where everyone could only speak the truth? (We take a lot of shortcuts and poetic conceits.)
  470. What are some of the things you never find out in your lifetime? The impact you had on your kids. The actual impact your mother had on you. (She is the only mother you ever had.) The constraints imposed on you by the society in which you live.
  471. What can you choose to believe? Are you free to believe anything?
  472. Can we say that a group of beings are "human" if they do not have a language? How can a group of beings display their humanity without having a language? They could display hospitality. And by extension they could demonstrate intelligent care, love, and concern. So they could care about you.
  473. They have the strangely popular "For Dummies" series of books. What about: "For Bigots"or "For Poseurs"? Or, how about, ___________ for People Who Can't be Bothered, as in: PostModernism for People Who Can't Be Bothered With Post-Modernisms? Or, ___________ for People Who Want to Continue to Hate ____________ or, Islam for People who Already Hate Islam or, Trigonometry for People Who Will Never Understand Trigonometry in a Million Years.
  474. So yesterday 24,000 magazine, today 6000 philosophy books of which I picked just a handful. How is this even possible?
  475. Why do so many religions ask you to give up fun things? Is it because fun is not a good guide in life?
  476. Why is it not acceptable for us as strangers to play with each others hands?
  477. Do we need to expect the rich and famous to be better than us? Do we expect them to be worthy?
  478. Has the truth about the universe already been said? Or has it not?
  479. We can't live with actual people. We much prefer to watch their entertainments, or to talk with them on a phone. Why is that?
  480. What is wrong about slavery wrong?
  481. For God's sake, how did we get such bad political leadership?
  482. When I read a good book, I want to brag about it. When I read People Magazine, Dilbert, or porn, I am a little quiet about the whole thing. Is a good book a better quality of experience? But why? And how?
  483. To what extent am I responsible for crimes of my ancestors?
  484. There is a Pope Innocent. Shouldn't there also be a Pope Culpable?.
  485. How do we use meaningless statements in conversation? We pretend they have meaning.
  486. Who says we need to be forgiven for sins we did not commit? Why doesn't god just forgive us, as we forgive those who trespass against us?
  487. what about the the super-surveillance society
  488. How can all the good a person has done be annihilated by our knowledge of an abuse, or even a racist remark? Why are we so quick to exclude?
  489. I don't know what prejudice to adopt with respect to the recent election in the nation of Ukraine. Am I losing my touch for holding snap opinions on matters I know nothing about?
  490. Am I allowed to have sexual fantasies about say 12 year old girls? Well yes, but does it further anything?
  491. Why is religious language so dated?
  492. What aspects of your mind does your mind take seriously? What part of the mind judges the superego to be more or less important than the limbic system?
  493. Why do we speak in generalizations?
  494. What part of our animality guides us in the rejection of our animality?
  495. Is religion fiction or non-fiction? Or science-fiction?
  496. If all human meetings have a sub-text of relationship, then, put in crude terms, are we all looking to get laid?
  497. Do the drugs make me viscerally open to things, or do they simply give a more profound feel to every trivial contact?
  498. No one knows why is weather such an excellent topic of conversation? (Meta-weather is seldom a good topic of conversation.)
  499. Why would God have men vote on what should be in the Bible?
  500. Is the world chaotic or our understanding faulty?
  501. What do you lose in a perspicuous representation?
  502. I thought that with modern communications, everyone would think like me. Why didn't that happen?
  503. Why don't academic philosophers agree with each other? They all claim to be adherents to reason? This tells us something about reason, academic philosophers, and about academic philosopher's understanding of reason.
  504. What don't we know that we need to know?
  505. What about opening a restaurant and you decorate it with pretty people just to sit there? Perhaps, for a fee, the customer could talk to them.
  506. If we need a God to establish life, why do we not also need a divine intervention whenever we cook a soufflé or boil a potato? Surely such miracles cannot happen by chance?
  507. Can there be ugly sounds in nature? How about a bird that sounds like a fart? The raven? Ian/Susan speaks of a lovely white bird in Ecuador, beautiful to look at, but it's cry was guttural and unlovely.
  508. What are you teaching when you teach mathematics?
  509. "[The California Indian] lived at ease with the supernatural and the mystical which were pervasive in all aspects of life. He felt no need to differentiate mystical truth form directly evidential or "material" truths, or the supernatural from the natural: one was as manifest as the other within his system of values and perceptions and beliefs." -Theodora Kroeber — Ishi in Two Worlds (1961) 23 Do we understand this? We make sense of words. We take words at hand and form meaningful sentences.
  510. Why do people love the WTF experience?
  511. Given that no one knows the future, how can we be so cock-sure about our political positions? Is it a misplaced sense of the importance of decisiveness?
  512. If we feel that much of art and news is distraction, then what is the undistracted life? How do we know there is anything there?
  513. Why at this time in my life do I bother bother to read about the ancient Jews? Why do I need to get that story straight?
  514. Why put designs on a basket?
  515. Isn't it unsafe to put the safety warning on medicine bottles in print so small that no one can read it?
  516. What is a good conversation?
  517. When does a person make too much money?
  518. Why does it seem strange to me that high school dropouts would go to an art museum and enjoy it?
  519. The incisive scepticism of Hume is in every bookstore. So what?
  520. "Have you lost weight? You penis is so nice and slim."
  521. What will happen if there are no catastrophic changes in the next hundred years? "What! No changes!"
  522. How can you take something as interesting as life and turn it into something as boring as everyday ordinary life?
  523. People have a real tendency to think that because they are watching the game it makes a difference to their team. Why?
  524. Why cannot science determine if god exists? Or of Jesus was the son of God?
  525. We tend to massively underestimate the number of people who are fundamentally not like us. — (Jason Weeden, an evolutionary psychologist at Arizona State University) How would one determine this? What is it to be "fundamentally" not like us?
  526. Why do we take so much care in buying our hardware, checking models and specifications, yet we will watch any old crap on television (without thinking at all)?
  527. Would it be possible to include animals as humans?
  528. How can there be differences among people? because of different values? mistakes? matters of taste? stupidities? snap judgments?
  529. What is trivial knowledge? Like knowing the origin of Tonto calling the Lone Ranger kemosabe?
  530. How do we separate the reasonable from that which only seems reasonable?
  531. Why do we shop?
  532. If the future does not have to be like the past, why is the future like the past?
  533. The important question to ask old people: In your life, what worked for you?
  534. How did so many ancient rulers seem to have artistic taste?
  535. What is it to be in a hurry? What is to be on time? How did humans first get a sense of that? How do we get interested in getting there quicker?
  536. Who needs alcohol to make bad choices?
  537. Why do people let their kids watch television all the time (like in a van)?
  538. I look at the spiritual paths I have accepted without thinking, the guides and goals I chose for the path to happiness. As a youth, I accepted Zen masters, assorted hippie gurus (Baba Ram Dass) and assorted unknown psychologist. Among their tenets: true happiness / salvation exists it is accomplished by apart from the material possessions of the world as part of this it is important to live in the moment apart from the material possessions of the world. who advise that the way to deal with negative thoughts is to express and accept them, overcoming guilt and shame. happiness is necessarily accomplished by the individual in spite of and apart from the community The question then becomes: should I believe everything I happen to believe?
  539. When they are single, men are skinnier and more fit. Do they also think a little better?
  540. What are some ways capitalism can go bad?
  541. If everyone thought I was beautiful, would I be beautiful?
  542. I really don't come alive until I begin to read Carol Shield's Unless. Why is that? How can a book, arguable a huge waste of time, so seem not to be a waste of time?
  543. How do we paraphrase Heidegger into something else? How do you draw Heidegger.
  544. What do women think about when they masturbate?
  545. What is the worlds-slowest snap judgment?
  546. To ask who is most intelligent is like asking who is most beautiful: once you get to a certain level, it becomes impossible. Or what is the most catchy tune?
  547. At the beach. What does a beach remind me of?
  548. What if everything was there and available on line: all books, all music, all movies, all art works, including ones is the back rooms of museums? What would you pay for a few hours inside the eosphere (or hypnodome)? And what would you do?
  549. Why can't we stop progress?
  550. It has been said before. But has it then been understood?
  551. Not only is it not clear that seeing god is all that important, but it is obviously impossible. We cannot even see the stars. Humans have only have 100 billion braincells, and there are ten sextillion stars in all the galaxies! What makes us even think we can see God?
  552. How would you paraphrase Heidegger's Being and Time without using Heidegger's terminology?
  553. Can we have a slow thoughtful conversation over the Internet? It is like yelling to someone in a crowd when everyone is pushing each other in different directions.
  554. Are you conscious because you have something called consciousness. Whatever makes you think that?
  555. Are movies educational? They're educational largely about themselves. Because movies are an experience, it feels like you are learning something about something, but you are mostly learning something about a virtual something.
  556. What is the role of conformity? Why do not our social constructs and our conformity go deeper?
  557. Surely we must agree on some things!? Of course, but not on the ultimate reality. It's just not that important.
  558. Why is there a world of Warcraft but no world of Sexcraft or even Rapecraft? Are there crimes worse than murder?
  559. But what does reason know?
  560. Am I unique?
  561. How can half the country be in favor of Kerry and the other half in favor of Bush? How can some people believe in God and others not? How can there be such differences? And why does it matter of there are differences? Why is in not like dress, or artwork: hey that's a cute opinion you have there!
  562. Seeing the radical Arabs and Israelis in the Middle East, I wonder if these were the kind of fanatics that Jesus was up against, say with the woman taken in adultery. If so I admire him more. Or have people subsequently degenerated to the contemporary low level, in part because of their religion?
  563. All words become clichés. Who doesn't use clichés: only poets and critics? How come atom or car don't become cliché?
  564. We do this and we do that because it is "good for your health." What is our health good for?
  565. What is the appropriate word for people who have too many kids?
  566. We can't stop thinking about sex at all except for briefs instances. Was it all that way?
  567. Why would a 19th century home need a clock in their home? It's not that they would miss their favorite TV show.
  568. What is it to 'hunt'?
  569. Idea: Inflatable/deflatable breast implants! Breast implants can be heavy and this can lead to back problems. Why not have a way to reduce them (or inflate them) as conditions dictate? "This crowd is too old; I think I'll deflate my breasts."
  570. If given a chance, would we like to rape and pillage? (I think I would say I would if you would say that you would.)
  571. When we are fucked-up we are not not ourselves. Who then are we when we are fucked-up?
  572. The mind thrashes around in new situations. Why do emotions also enter I into it?
  573. How do you build a rational and healthy society out of assholes?
  574. What is the world's greatest porn film? What would be the criteria for deciding something like that?
  575. What would an animal much better than us be like?
  576. With all the millions of people around me, why am I still stuck inside myself?
  577. If there is no god, do we then lose words like Godlike, children of god, divinities, heaven, and soul? Or do these words necessitate the word god.
  578. Suppose someone were to beam advertising onto the moon. If I were to protest: The moon is aesthetically powerful, it is unfair to place commercial interest on the moon, etc. no one would listen. I would have to say: The moon is sacred! Why is this? Why is the irrational argument of sacredness more powerful than nuanced reasoning regarding beauty or wilderness?
  579. How can words even have a meaning? People mean.
  580. Is it morally important what country we a citizen of? Isn't it like the bank we are affiliated with: The Bank of America.
  581. It's amazing how much of the world can be described (adequately) (to human beings) as a society of individual humans. What would be the opposite? Human society as an unconscious/instinctive? As rule governed?
  582. What is that in us which understands (and loves) fairy tales?
  583. The perennial question: what is baby and what is bathwater?
  584. Is language just a hunting tool?
  585. Why does society tolerate religious arrogance, and the religious know-it-all attitude?
  586. (Among other things) we should not speak of race, nationalism, gender, age, religions and assholes. What other generalizations are impermissible?
  587. What can we tell each other? If one of us is a teenager, very little.
  588. With all these people listening to music on their mp3-players, shouldn't everyone be smiling or toe-tapping? Or at least be moved?
  589. We must ignored and over-ride how the mind works with our mind. How is that possible? We must re-orient.
  590. What would a non-humanoid god be like?
  591. If politics is not politics (i.e. electing the best leaders, deciding the future and the direction of the country) then what is politics?
  592. if you can't not talk about it, you can only talk about it using words. So how should you talk about it?
  593. What makes us think that love is the answer? Our heart.
  594. Do animals ever feel unloved?
  595. Heaven or Hell?: You are sitting sit on a couch with grandma, while dad talks about his golf scores. Everyone is watching TV.
  596. Do you want modern life with or without fantasy? If without: open your eyes, read, travel and think.
  597. Why do we have human social conventions?
  598. Why do primitive people think that animals the harbinger of meaning?
  599. Laws: what is wrong with laws. Can there be a post-law world. -How would that work?
  600. What is the opposite of becoming tired of someone? Becoming awakened?
  601. Why don't we stop having groundhog day? The science is completely bogus. Does it survive because it is so stupid?
  602. Why is nature beautiful? Why is every plant, vista, mountain beautiful? Why is not every parking lot and garbage dump equally beautiful?
  603. I have a question: what is a question?
  604. Suppose people had a lot more money. They could spend $1000 to cut their lawn. Say using scissors, by hand. Would we be in a world of imagination and creativity, or would we be constrained by our need to conform?
  605. So utilitarianism doesn't work? What does?
  606. With 8 billion people. How do we reduce this to 4 billion people? Disaster or planning..
  607. If God explained how he made the world, with DNA and growth over time, a priest in the 6th Century BC, could not have understood it. How could he? If God were to explain the universe to us, would we? We can't even understand electricity!
  608. Racisms: US founded by blacks, whites and Indians, not Asians, Vietnamese and Filipinos. We think they are opportunistic interlopers, they have not been a part of the story. (What do they think?)
  609. Why is there so much we do not understand?
  610. Is everyone like me? That is the default position of understating the world.
  611. What do you have to believe to believe that: There will be a Rapture?
  612. We like to simplify and we love simplifications. 4 humors. Top 10. This is comprehensible. What if there were 7434 emotions?
  613. Why is it not possible to invent a new part of speech?
  614. We're loaded with care, but we don't exactly know what to care about. We care about people, the poor, the oppressed, god, the troops, animals, nature, ourselves? We lend our care out freely to songs, to tearjerkers, to sympathetic stories on TV. We should care about people. But people don't live up to our fantasies of people.
  615. How can I be sure that no one has ever figured it out?
  616. I graduated high school in 1965. It is now 2007. Do we know any more about parenting? Do we know any more about educating? Do we know any more about relating to each other? Do we know any more about loving? Do we know any more about world peace? Do we know any more about finding happiness? Do we know any more about ourselves?
  617. Is common sense becoming more uncommon, or less sensible?
  618. Perhaps with the rising income disparity the 1% will be creating a new aristocracy. The old aristocracy gave us many wondrous things. What might a new aristocracy look like?
  619. Are we into education or are we into attendance?
  620. How come the Europeans didn't invent summer wear or casual wear?
  621. How long can you go without having a sexual thought about the opposite sex? What could be the point of doing this?
  622. Is text have a privileged position, or is music and film at the same level as text?
  623. Answer me this smarty-pants: How could we switch from capitalism to socialism?
  624. What kind of a statement is: "I should be more upset than I am."?
  625. Why are here? We are here to party.
  626. Everyone knows it is seven years bad luck to break a mirror. Everyone knows this is not true. No one breaks a mirror. (Do you have a better plan?)
  627. What is the proper amount of guilt to carry around with us in this world?
  628. How would you know if you have overunderstood the world, either oversimplified it made it unduly complex?
  629. I am getting older Who haven't I been?
  630. Does music communicate feelings? heightens something?
  631. Is human life sacred?
  632. Is the current human social life a temporary construct caused by our lack of insight, or is it something inevitable, caused by our nature?
  633. How much of the linguistic spectrum is reserved for hitting on each other?
  634. Why does bad news always trump good news? I would love to hear when a person does something incredibly romantic for his wife — that's news to me.
  635. People grow up ignorant of their situation. They do not know the pain nor the dangers. What can they compare it to?
  636. What is the opposite of the peace symbol? A flag?
  637. What assumptions we drag with us or burden ourselves with as we move into the future?
  638. A thought experiment: What would be an animal be like that is as superior to humans as humans are superior to beef cattle? (Would it too raise beef people?)
  639. Why isn't it morally offensive to root for own team? Isn't that like rooting for ones race, or ones gender?
  640. Couldn't (shouldn't) we teach people to be interesting?
  641. With all these narratives going on, which are the best narratives?
  642. If we can see a movie or a work of art and know it is good without being able to say why it is good, can we also understand a concept of science and see that it is good without being able to say why it is good?
  643. You would think that semesters in modern colleges would be longer: Aren't things intellectually more complicated now?
  644. Why should God care who sleeps with whom?
  645. By the time we can afford the fantasy (the big car, travel, the cute clothes) we no longer fit the fantasy. (Why am I traveling with these old farts? This was not what I wanted)
  646. How do you manage a growing economy of seven billion people? How do you manage the earth in the face of? What makes humans happy? What is the good life? What motivates people? What is the proper motivation for humans? Who or what is god(s)? What is love? Is it all you need?) How do we deal with historical or cultural conflicts? What is justice? What is the proper education in today's world? What to do about pollution? Global-warming? Human-caused ecological changes? What do we do about crime, the mafia, gangs, etc. What can we do about human disaffections? There is no virtual wind. And a virtual stream is not wet. We would need some kind of body box (think sauna) to experience something like reality on the web.
  647. In the future will it be thought inappropriate to tell a robot to fuck off?
  648. Can you believe two religions at once? If religion is not a matter of reason, you should be able to.
  649. Why does music make us dance?
  650. How can everyone contribute to a world narrative. For minds of goodwill, how could this work? You can't if: you claim exclusivity in your story there is no other story and you threaten violence against the other story you want your view respected can it be done, can one be sensible, common sensible not if you take people as they exist
  651. We want to be high on life. We want to be high without using drugs. How can we do that if we don't have drugs to show us what we are aiming for?
  652. You can't just pray to Big Bird. It just seems silly. Can we pray to ourselves? Do they have to be supernatural, a superman. (You could pray to superman.)
  653. What can you fill in the blank to make this be a positive statement? "I _______ like an old man."
  654. What is thinking? One aspect of it is a deliberate act, while another is subconscious and intuitive.
  655. Why can you not describe who you are?
  656. Shouldn't people get more and more interesting as they get older? Shouldn't they be learning more and more?
  657. What happens with a number of rich people are inserted into an economy who can get whatever they want?
  658. How am I doing? Stress me out a bit and let's see.
  659. Isn't the trope of "Onward Christian Soldiers" much like one of "Onward Christian Pedophiles"?
  660. Pornography is often called inappropriate. When then is porn appropriate?
  661. Why do we want to be rational, and act with good reasons? It may help calm our fellow beings. It tells them we are not indulging in a display of will, we are not crazy and we have set our actions in context, they are part of a bigger picture; there is no need to be concerned or afraid . Giving arguments, and being amenable to reason, is a part of what makes us human. It sets us apart from wild animals, who do not explain themselves in reasons.
  662. Peaceful coexistence, or the even more peaceful non-existence?
  663. Why cannot books supply all the human contact we need?
  664. Why do I feel the way I feel?
  665. Am I saying that history, chemistry, or evolution is not true? No, just that it is better not to say that any of these things provide the ultimate explanations.
  666. Can we understand this fact? In 1858 there were 20,00 Norwegians in Minnesota, in 1870 there were 400,000.
  667. How can we prove or disprove whether the world is too hard for us to understand?
  668. Since T-shirts are always popular, so how about T-shorts and T-pants?
  669. How did cowboys get to be so conservative? Shouldn't they be open, fearless and liberal?
  670. Is there always a right thing to do? Not if you don't know the future. When would Jesus not do? Is there a time to be indecisive?
  671. What would a society without conservatives look like? It's not clear that liberals can get along either.
  672. In The End of Faith Sam Harris asked us (facetiously) to "imagine a world in which generations of human beings come to believe that certain films were made by God..." (p. 35). But if movies are now the new books, what would such a movie be? Can we ask all of God(s)' minions (from all gods' religions) to make such a movie?
  673. The word modern dates from 1585. What is a more modern word for modern?
  674. I no longer watch football. Yet I am glad the NY Giants are doing well in the playoffs. You would think I Could just root for winning teams and always be happy but that is not how it works. Why can't we simply change out allegiances? What else is at work here?
  675. What is right and wrong with being PC?
  676. We hardly know why we like anything. We cannot say why we like the music, clothes, television shows, movies, and makeup we like. (Why is that? We don't know that either.)
  677. what is education?
  678. All old religions, including the major ones, contain many false, primitive, immoral and offensive beliefs. Is that not true?
  679. What does it mean to say there is a gene for something?
  680. We bond over silliness, sharing stupidities: TV shows, internet memes and lurid news items. What is the world not watching?
  681. When do starving people become a problem for the world?
  682. On my love of novelty. Do I want nothing but a first impression?
  683. Why don't all thoughtful people think like me?
  684. How many times will you need to read about Western Europe's cruelty and racism? Until you actually understand it.
  685. Why do I judge all Russian people by this one Russian person being late (or not late)?
  686. After you have made love, what is the right amount of time to wait until you start thinking of other things?
  687. How am I doing? Compare this to: How is Spokane doing?
  688. Notes to a speech to academic philosophers: After 50 to 100 years, give it up What has happened to the philosophy of What is task of philosophy in 21st century? To work on a large meta-narrative To do meta-work: what is wisdom, what is bullshit Do you have a working useful research programme. not say reason. Philosophy is not a voice of reason for years. The voice of reason is not the voice of logic.
  689. People can believe almost anything. Why is that?
  690. What is multi-tasking?
  691. It's ok to adjust your attitude. Your attitude (like many things in life) needs adjusting. But where exactly are the controls?
  692. What would words be without connotations? Would it even be possible to speak with only personal connotations?
  693. Should European ever feel proud that their ancestors conquered much of the world, defeating all other cultures? They were warriors and instilled fear into all other tribes. Should anyone ever feel proud of the military prowess of their ancestors?
  694. Why are so many people down on gays? The issue seems trivial.
  695. What do you have to believe to believe that: Democracy is wrong?
  696. Who would think you could write a whole fucking book on King Lear?
  697. No really, why are there so many sexual taboos?
  698. Why has information become devalued now that we have more, and now that we arguably need more. Most people though don't. Is it because it has become too accessible?
  699. the Internet is vast and deep, so why do we spend our time in just a small corner?
  700. How do you stop judging?
  701. How is life treating me? You mean, how am I treating life?
  702. What if everyone spoke in aphorisms? Could they?
  703. What if Christ will not return for seven million years? Would that change anything?
  704. What is it to waste time?
  705. How can there be different places in the world? And such different places!
  706. The universality of Status and Pecking Order [S&PO] is recognized in the pages of, say, Psychology Today magazine, but it not an integral part of most human interactions where it comes into play. Why is this? Is it because the game still has to be played out. Any remarks used in the game of status and power, even one that draws attention to the game-nature of the game, becomes one more piece in the game. The concepts of S&PO are not part of our traditional religious ethics or of philosophical morality. They play no role in our traditional form of arguing. Psychological thinking has not lost the association with its origin in the examination of marginal people. These are people of low status. The small force of reason is easily trumped by the larger forces of status and power. An analysis of S&PO threatens the traditional legitimacy of those in force and power. Concepts of S&PO does not fit with the self-image that those of high status like to have of themselves. Being of high S&PO they have the power to impose their views on others. People in power like to think it is because they are the best, or, in older days, because they were put into their position by a god of even higher status. Facts seldom bear this out.
  707. What can you learn in five minutes? What takes a semester? What takes a specialization? What can't you ever learn?
  708. What are some ways democracy can go bad?
  709. Why do we need to think we can get along? Why do we think we can?
  710. How am I suppose to feel about this? Should I feel proud? Or should I feel ashamed of feeling proud? Or should I feel confused?
  711. How can we talk about things that are impossible to put into words?
  712. TV and movies stand outside the individual. They favor relating to others, snappy-retorts and visible feelings. Will the future bring a new medium that gets us back inside the individual — like books?
  713. How malleable is human nature?
  714. What do you have to believe: not to believe in democracy? (There are probably several answers to this question.)
  715. How do we separate coincidences from causation?
  716. Why do we let young kids be emotional? Why are young kids so emotional anyway?
  717. A question for the thoughtful: what are Inappropriate prayers?
  718. Why am I affected by Antigone? I do not believe in gods. I find respect for dead bodies fundamentally misguided. But I can still relate to feelings, pride, and the quick and relentless changes of fate and fortune and the chorus of the community. Antigone is not only upholding the "law of the gods," she is also upholding her deepest moral beliefs and family duties, even at the cost of her life.
  719. What would be taught in a college class on a good conversation?
  720. There must be an intellectual limbic system? One that understands intellectually but subconscioulsy before it reflects?
  721. Why do people still watch TV?
  722. How can instrumental music communicate feelings? heightens something?
  723. What is it to enjoy a film?
  724. What do you not want people to know about you? What would you not want God to see? Are they the same things?
  725. Do you have a moral right to be treated a certain way?
  726. Were our ancient ancestors happy to be living on the savanna, with lovely days and lots of sex. Or were they cold, hungry, scared, and pushed around by bullies and thugs?
  727. Asking "How are you today?" is like asking "How many fingers am I holding up?"
  728. what is freedom?
  729. What am I doing am I doing out of instincts?
  730. Does the word overpopulation have any meaning?
  731. Can we define a concept of cultural corruption?
  732. What would a world with no sexual taboos be like? A world with no norms?
  733. The masks were made of local animal parts, like boar tusks. And that did not take away any of their power, for how would you get boar tusks away from a boar?
  734. What is the importance of a pair of socks once worn by Elvis?
  735. We all spout our opinions and there is no way to adjudicate between them. Unlike science, this is not a collective enterprise. The question to ask remains: "What would make you change your opinion?"
  736. What keeps astrology going?
  737. Why can't computers understand?
  738. If all our conceptions are false, why do we conceive at all?
  739. Young women in their twenties are far too inexperienced to be loving women-persons. Why then do they form the image of a desirable women?
  740. Is there a lesson to be gained from my heart problem? Perhaps the lesson is that living is not a lesson, a trial, or an experiment.
  741. If the students aren't learning anything, are you really teaching? Or are you only making teaching gestures.
  742. What extent do we all participate in the power (hopes, dreams, delusions) of the irrational?
  743. What have we done with all the labor that all the labor-saving devices saved us? Look around.
  744. What is life without fantasy? (And how would I know?)
  745. Why would academic philosophers not try to get on the same page?
  746. Why are we uncomfortable with inconsistency?
  747. Is hope a kind of faux memory?
  748. A cat might distinguish good catnip from bad catnip, but can he tell us why he likes catnip at all?
  749. What is the difference between reading a book and reading the Cliffs Notes? How far down can we simplify a book? a novel?
  750. The people in German still read while the people in the US do not read very much. Why? The two cultures have the same temptations: TVs, videos, and video games. Yet this goes against our simple theory of civilized evolution.
  751. Can anyone be an actor? Should we teach acting?
  752. How does this happen. Everybody now says that tryptophan causes the lethargy after the Thanksgiving day dinner. A little bit of Internet research shows that this is not true. How come we still get chemistry old-wives tales?
  753. Consign it to the flames? No, consign it to the structuralists.
  754. Am I a "boyfriend", "significant other" or a "man"? We cannot stop signaling other people about our relationships, where we stand and how we fit in.
  755. Without gender, is God then like Pat?
  756. If everyone now dresses and poses like a bistro dwelling intellectual, how then should a bistro dwelling intellectual dress and pose?
  757. What is it we want to do when we want to understand the world?
  758. Can you meet someone without making judgments? Don't ask me.
  759. As we move about the world we are constantly readjusting our attention, though not necessary our points of views. Why then don't we think the same things? There is an element of randomness and happiness to our thoughts.
  760. Do animals seek happiness too?
  761. Could the multinationals and banks buy up everything and just rent it back to us?
  762. What if we were all on the same side? The same race, the same religion. Would that make things any better?
  763. Who chooses the dreams I choose to keep? Who selects the fantasies I choose to indulge?
  764. What if everyone was beautiful? If all women were slim women and all men buff? Would we all be happier and less fucked up?
  765. What are the clichés of the future?
  766. Why do we believe in wise men? Why do we believe there are special men, often strange and illiterate, who can foretell the future and who have strange magical powers? There are no such people. Add this to the similar questions: Why do we believe in fairy tales? Why do we believe in monsters? Why do we believe in myths and celebrities?
  767. What are some of our points-of-view? religion simple stories spirituality family tribe nation dog eat dog community being nice
  768. Can we give "parasite factor" for each person in the world?
  769. Is it permissible to hate a gender? a race?
  770. The Human Interface Paradox: although we are all sorts of exciting things inside, our external interactions with others tend to be conventional and guarded and boring. "What's new?" "Same old same old."
  771. How do we not let it get off the ground? Or is there something we can do after it gets off the ground?
  772. How is it even possible that we listen to one song and really like it and listen to next song on the same CD and we don't like it at all?
  773. Can there be a music of ideas? Could there be a coalitional activity of philosophy or religion? Or is knowledge something that can't be reset to zero in order to play it again?
  774. What do I really know about say subatomic physics, string theory, dark energy? What do I really know about international finance, or what will fix the economy? (Never mind that I am in no position to do anything.
  775. How can I make happiness seem hip and cynical?
  776. What is heaven like?
  777. I could never have an art conversation with my mother. And if I cannot converse with her, what chance do I have with strangers?
  778. What do you have to believe to believe that: There is a God?
  779. Do we understand the world if we understand the laws of physics? Or the structure of the brain?
  780. Picture a universe we know all the facts. What will we still not understand?
  781. Do we need a world narrative? Can't we be satisfied with a meta-narrative?
  782. What do you need to know about geography? If you don't know Norway is in Europe, just how do you hang Norway in your mind?
  783. What it is to be bored? Or rather, why do people get this state?
  784. How can anyone possibly speak for all men or women?
  785. Without using language, how do you display your intelligence?
  786. Does self-esteem come from the esteem of others?
  787. Here is the kind of news would I like to hear on television: Intelligent people talking and thinking about the news as it shows up on the wires. They can disagree and even get excited, but they would then analyze why and how disagreements and emotions could arise between two intelligent people. Attitude is key: they do not get carried away by the teapot-tempest of the day. They would treat our news as human comedy; currently it is being treated like soap opera. "Why is this news?" they would say. Or "This is silly" or "No one is getting hurt", "Why does anyone care about this?" or "This is bureaucratic propaganda." (Circle-Round TV)
  788. What are the criteria for great movie criticism, great book criticism or great architectural criticism?
  789. Why do we think we can understand the world? Why do we not think we cannot understand the world?
  790. If gasoline become ever more expensive we will all have to commute. But with whom? A web-based company could link up commuters not only on their destination but on their personal and intellectual interests as well.
  791. A question for old people: Would you be a different person if you did (or did not) have children?
  792. Which is worse: listening to the news and being upset over things you can do nothing about, or, listening to the news and not being upset?
  793. Would you be happier in a different world?
  794. On the news people say "Can the US drive a wedge between Syria and Iran?" They forget they are talking about government bureaucracies and not usually the ordinary people on the ground. Instead of saying Syria they might say "the bureaucracy that runs Syria"
  795. Is there anything we cannot say by being politically correct? (It does make it harder to slam someone with a traditional insults.)
  796. Since we have decaf coffee and non-alcoholic beer, perhaps the time is ripe for non-THC marijuana? For those times you want to enjoy the taste and the experience of a nice doob without all those wacky mind-alterations.
  797. If you think your dog is your best friend, what is your definition of friend?
  798. I am at the art museum. What are we supposed to think here?
  799. Can you love everyone? (You cannot be in love with everyone.)
  800. What does time not tell us?
  801. On religious people: If they can't be wrong; I can't be right. Can they at least see how I can think it?
  802. Which is more depressing? That no one out there thinks like you? Or that many people out there do think like you but it makes no difference?
  803. What happens when virtual-human machines get to be better and more interesting than actual people? It will take our isolation to yet a new level.
  804. Have we lost our faith and hope in the very possibility of a better society? Recently, such as after the fall of the USSR, we see how quickly the thugs and mafia take over and prey on normal people. What then is the ideal society? Is it a small society upon which we stumble, and possibly join? Or is it a transformation of our own society?
  805. Why then does religion not evolve? It's almost like it can't evolve. It was created as steadying force, woven into human nature. It worked first for small groups, later for larger societies and warring cultures like the Romans, the Muslims and the Western Europeans. But whatever its origins, why does not religion evolve now? It seems that it should. It seems to me that it needs to? Is it like our state in food, learned in childhood? Is it a symbol of the supposedly golden days of old? Is it kept firmly in place by its bureaucracy of priests? Was its modern, scriptural (textual) form made intentionally hard to change? Is it that people like being told what to do? Is it embedded at a level below that of choice? Like our conventions of speech and dress? (I don't know.)
  806. If you're forty and have never enjoyed a book, what have you missed?
  807. How can people be inappropriate? Of funny? Edgy?
  808. Does every culture have smart people?
  809. Aphorisms, someone has said, are thoughts that fly under the radar of our intellectual defenses. So who or what is patrolling the world for hostile thoughts. Are we at war with something? Are we afraid?
  810. We have been taught not to stare and not to point. Would it now be more useful to stare (and to point)?
  811. Rembrandt shared his insights into humanity four hundred years ago. Why are we still fucking with this shit?
  812. What would it be like to live in a primitive tribe?
  813. What would people be like who actually knew just what they wanted all the time, or who knew why they felt the way they felt all the time? Would they be human? What about people who always knew how other people felt.
  814. Do all men judge other men about whether they can beat them up? Do women? Or do women judge men on their status?
  815. What did the first music sound like? It had to be a kind of chanting, as musical skill could not develop before music itself. Did it develop before the rise of language?
  816. What if we were not constantly working for each other? What would the world be be then? Who would we be?
  817. Why are movie stars so beautiful/handsome?
  818. Why do not people use laptops in church?
  819. How can you know how you are going to feel? You can't. (You can't feel what you are going to feel.)
  820. Is our anger more real than our happiness? Is a storm more real than a placid surface that reflects the pleasant sky? Well it is something to watch out for.
  821. With today's technology, why are cars still painted in monochromatic colors? what about cars: painted like an appaloosa, mottled with spots? or painted like a beagle, with a black top, a brown front, and a white underbelly? painted like a python fish, a Gila monster, a neon tetra, or an angel fish?
  822. Why does everyone still act like we are fundamentally rational?
  823. What is the risk of being overly risk averse?
  824. Almost all people are nice. How would we organize our world if all the people in the world were nice, and we did not have to protect ourselves?
  825. What will people think of us in the future?
  826. What is it to enjoy music?
  827. "What are you watching when you watch a film?" (compare "What are you seeing when you see the world?")
  828. What would it be like if we did not want to look reasonable, and did not present statements of emotions or feeling as statements of true facts? "I am anxious about the future." "I feel happy and comforted by the fact that I believe there is a God who says that homosexuality is bad."
  829. What is not being educated today?
  830. My New Theory of Art™ (from 2010): We just like to look at pictures. (That's how simple we are.) But what is a picture?
  831. A question: Has the truth about the universe already been said? Or has it not?
  832. What if all the the poor, the immigrants and everyone on welfare, were really good looking?
  833. What if all you favorite musicians, poets, novelists and movies were known only to you and never seen by anyone else? What then would you communicate by talking about them?
  834. Would it be a better world if people were all like me?
  835. How is it that so few people read history, but love to visit historical sites when they go on vacation?
  836. Is our stupidity evolutionary useful?
  837. Does living in the moment mean that cannot think?
  838. What headlines would you like to see on Google?
  839. New Concepts: super-persons
  840. What am I talking about when I talk about the universe? Precisely nothing There is no such thing as the universe Just a catch-all thing. At least nothing we can understand We don't have words about it because words are not intended for these large things. When we talk about the world there is no reason to think we are talking about anything more than our radical simplification of our world. In many cases that is fine.
  841. Are we all special? We all readily feel special.
  842. We used to think the problem was to see how we could evolve from monkeys. The problem turns out to be: how can we not see that we are monkeys?
  843. Why is it so difficult for me to see what is going on in my own mind?
  844. What Google ads would be useful?
  845. Surely our aim in life is not to sit here satisfied with ourselves?
  846. Why don't we wear two hats at once? (Some people do.)
  847. Why do we have so many feelings about the rich getting richer?
  848. How is it even possible to disagree about the nature of god? And how can we feel so strongly about things we can not know?
  849. Can you "be here now" on a cell phone?
  850. How do primates instigate and coordinate collective defense of their territory?
  851. How is it possible to lose oneself in a movie? Only through some kind of ignorance or sensory limitation.
  852. What is it to 'gather'?
  853. Why do heaven and hell seem to be just a continuation of earthly life?
  854. How can self-esteem survive in a larger and larger world?
  855. What do people like when they like nature? Why can't they answer this simple question? Perhaps in seeking nature, they seek to get away from such difficult questions.
  856. Is it better to fully take delight in something that is not of the highest nature, or to read/listen to something of the highest quality, but not take full delight in it?
  857. Is a false narrative better than no narrative at all? (Plato thought yes.)
  858. If we can export jobs to where workers get pain a dollar a day why don't we export whole companies to where the CEO's would work for $22.50 a day? That would save a lot of money.
  859. If you wanted to find someone just like yourself, what would you look for?
  860. Oh no! Now I have to love this about you too?
  861. People will read a good philosophy book then next week listen to Bishop Tu-Tu daughter and later listen to Dr. Phil. They will make sense of them all. How can that possible be? Perhaps it is the nature of language to be seductive. Language tunes you in, in the way that music tunes you in.
  862. A sacred space is a space of special behavior. What is the point of special behavior?
  863. Corruption is built in to our current capitalist political system. Could it be not?
  864. What aspects of your mind does your mind take seriously? What part of the mind judges the superego to be more or less important than the limbic system?
  865. Not normal? I'm normal. I am a super-set of normal. (I forget that it is part of the normal sense of normal that there is no super-set of normal, only eccentricity and strangeness.)
  866. What do we miss when we miss the fundamental insight of Wittgenstein?
  867. In an analysis of Schubert's "Moment musicaux" William Kinderman writes: In the fourth piece, the expressive contrast of the principal sections is striking: a moto perpetuo in C sharp minor in a stratified Baroque texture is interrupted by a soft, ethereal theme in the major reminiscent of a dance, which recurs fleetingly before the conclusion. Why is an analysis of something as abstract as music so concrete, while criticism of a movie is vague and mostly general?
  868. You could go with the theory that's you're not going to connect to anyone at a party: connecting is what blogs, poetry, books, friendships and conversations are for. But then what are you going to do at a party? Talk about your pets? Then it's not a party.
  869. Can anyone ever make a list of their favorite music without thinking about how it will look to others?
  870. Can you be educated without books? You can be uneducated with books
  871. What if I gave a wiki and nobody came?
  872. Guess who owned the least slaves, Thomas Jefferson or George Washington? Jefferson!! ("The American Voltaire") Yea! In 1774, Jefferson owned a total of 187 slaves on 7 holdings. In 1786, Washington owned 216 slaves on 6 holdings.
  873. I see the hawk sitting on the telephone pole, looking, looking. Why would prehistoric people identify and honor a predator? Is it that a predator commands your full attention and respect? Perhaps at some point in the past, we saw the hawk, a casual killer, as a paradigm for something in life.
  874. I heard that wealthiest 1% of people in the US own 34% of all wealth. At what numbers should we be concerned?
  875. What is virtuality?
  876. What if we were to consider all human action as unconscious?
  877. Moral Question: Is it ok to relax by checking out someone else's ass?
  878. Suppose we stop chattering, then what? Would we sit in peaceful awareness of each other? Would we say interesting things? Do we say interesting stuff just to mess with each other?
  879. Why are there so many songs of love?
  880. Who understands me? I would like it to be a beautiful young woman.
  881. What is the meaning of life? To sit around waiting for the Apocalypse?
  882. How hard is life suppose to be anyway?
  883. Do you watch a movie in order to write a critique?
  884. How many rich American people were born rich?
  885. What is the smallest unit of understanding? Do we need a book? Why not a paragraph, or even a sentence?
  886. How much time do we spend posing?
  887. How should we behave?
  888. An interesting question: What do I need to know?
  889. What do you have to believe to believe that: Murder is wrong?
  890. "You're not cool. You just you think you're cool!"
    "How cool is that?"
  891. What about having radio stations with fantasy news from an ongoing world that does not exist? It might be news from a fantasy culture.
  892. Is it permissible to feel yucky about gay sex?
  893. Religion communicates gods? spirituality?
  894. Why is it not enough for our culture to be easy (safe), civilized and tolerant (a bargain where no one takes anything too seriously)? Maybe they don't see it that way.
  895. Why does not all the creativity, ingenuity and rightness of a good film translate into politics? In politics we usually find the stupidity of a football-coach, unreflective and limited..
  896. Can the truth be told in small sentences? Parts of the truth can.
  897. What if I could speak French, and talk to the people around me here in Guadeloupe? Where would that lead? What can we, what do we, communicate to each other? We help each other. We supply facts as needed. We tell our tales and sing our songs. We make each other laugh. We desire each other, though that does not need language. Language is not much about communication. It is more about entertainment.
  898. Where does our sense of a sacred place come from?
  899. Kids don't get frustrated at their failures and disappointments in gaming. But they do in their studies. Why?
  900. Do you want your philosophy with or without proof?
  901. Can there be a think-tank of true things to say about the world?
  902. How do we get to world government?
  903. "How do you see the impact of the East on the Western soul?" Such a question invites you to talk about East, West, impact and soul. But these are no longer the best words to use. Think of changing technology.
  904. What if we gave everyone all the money in the world, unlimited credit, how would that work? What if, contrary to the laws of economics, they could actually get everything they wanted? How would that work?
  905. Should politicians and CEOs be tested to be sure they are not psychopaths?
  906. What might modern art be? role playing — give me a remote, interactivity, new version of etch a sketch, painting that shows different views — like photographs on wall, large screens on the wall
  907. We cannot think about Islam or religion, or people, if all we think is negative. What is the true good Islam? What is the true good Christianity?
  908. Why is not work a sport, the sport of work?
  909. When we talk about Palestinians and Israelis (for example) we tend to take sides. Is that because we can't be both? We can't be a Dodger and a Yankee at the same time. Perhaps we need to invent sports where we are on both teams.
  910. Compare: "But is it art?" vs. "But is it wise?"
  911. Are there higher pleasures?
  912. Can you hold it in your head that god does not exist and you are praying to him? As a kind of divine entertainment? Can you hold in your mind that you are watching Inception and that it is just a fantasy?
  913. What is it to disagree?
  914. Is it easier to talk to people of your own gender? Is that because the ever-present signals about sex and relationships pollute positive signals that may exist in other arenae?
  915. Why, after thousands of years, have we not figured out a way to avoid war?
  916. Are movies educational? They're educational largely about themselves. Because movies are an experience, it feels like you are learning something about something, but you are mostly learning something about a virtual something.
  917. Do I have a right to have a sexual fantasy about anyone I want?
  918. What would it be like suddenly to understanding music, to see and to feel the strings it is pulling inside us?
  919. Most people don't really believe in a god who will punish these people, otherwise why are they so obsessed with doing it themselves? Why are the people who believe in God so vigilantitudinous?
  920. Do you remember the film Groundhog Day? I think of it daily.
  921. There are no stupid questions? In 20 Questions there are.
  922. Can religion be rational? Yes. But religion cannot be rational and traditional.
  923. Why can we not simply change our interests. (One might think it would be easy.) What are the nexus of forces that hold such things in place?
  924. People rent movies constantly and I always expect them to understand why. But people have sex and go out to dinner constantly, without wondering about any meaning. What is the hunger we are satisfying with the movies? Is it just to get out of Dodge.
  925. On teaching at-risk students: Why do we not know what these kids need?
  926. Can you walk through the world with no dreams?
  927. What would be an animal be like that is as superior to humans as humans are superior to beef cattle? Would it also raise beef people?
  928. Why have they not invented any new sports?
  929. What about a car built like a motorcycle, flamboyant and colorful, pipes and chrome everywhere, with the engine and exhausts draped around the chassis?
  930. With people constantly watching TV shows of interesting people speaking interesting dialog why is their conversation not more interesting?
  931. Why would we ever think that dreams are meaningful, when dreams are so foolish?
  932. How is it possible to write a whole fucking book on King Lear?
  933. Why is being a tattle-tale wrong? Why isn't it seen as a kind of whistle-blowing?
  934. Even our best aspects are imbued with animality. What gives us the desire to be a better person?
  935. We like to think we are not primitive. Where did we get that?
  936. The genuine problem free will: what am I free to do? Why do I have a sneaking suspicion I am not in control?
  937. Is it possible to have an un-metaphorical experience?
  938. Am I half-aware? or half-unaware?
  939. "Am I the only one here pretending to work?"
  940. Is there low-art? with craftsmanship
  941. What would the syllabus be for a course in making yourself interesting? A course in dressing? Or how to make yourself hip. How to be comfortable with people? How to make conversation? How to care about others?
  942. What will people think in the coming decades?
  943. What is the government of my dreams?
  944. What is decided by fisticuffs?
  945. How can people talk themselves into thinking they are worth four-million dollars a year?
  946. How many people marry someone even though they don't know what true love is? Love is never simply there, like sex or being pregnant. You are or you are not pregnant. You have or you have not had sex. But even if you think you are in love, or are being loving, you may be wrong. Love can be put to the test. Repeatedly.
  947. Am I the only one here pretending to think?
  948. Why do we still have myths (and not just truths)?
  949. Nearly everyone has an opinion on how we we restructure American financial system. How is that even possible? Most of these people still cannot program their television set to record a show.
  950. What is the difference between the philosopher's position and the outline of the philosopher's position?
  951. What is the monetary value of childhood abuse?
  952. So, you think water is H3O. Who cares? A lot of our knowledge seems to be a kind of status competition and one-upsmanship: So... you can't spell correctly, your grammar is bad, you don't know there is an election going on in Zimbabwe, you don't know much about history, you don't know where Kazakhstan is located.
  953. Why do we suffer and shine through the acts of our children?
  954. Why doesn't everyone who takes it seriously see it the same way? We see the world through an interpretation We highlight different sets of facts We prefer a simple if incorrect explanation to the messy truth.
  955. There is a moral feeling not to hurt the feelings of boring people, so why is there not a moral imperative to not be boring?
  956. We are now suddenly thrust into a world of instant constant communication. What is best way to handle that?
  957. what is it to know what someone thought like in the past?
  958. I read and come alive when I read Carol Shield's Unless. Why is that? How can a book, so arguable a huge waste of time, so seem not to be a waste of time?
  959. What if earth was not just four billion years old but four thousand billion years old? Geology would be far more complex. Our understanding would involve more et ceterae.
  960. Why the fuck should God bless America? Anyone?
  961. If there were a device that would always broadcast in real time exactly what you were thinking, would you turn it on? Perhaps you would fake liking a person, or deliberately displace your attention.
  962. Why can we can only be ourselves in front of some people?
  963. So why not a site that aggregates the new ideas of the day? There is one problem: What is a new idea? And what is an idea?
  964. How do you know what Jesus would do?
  965. Instead of a get-well card, how about a get-over-it card, or a get-over-yourself card? for more extreme conditions we could use a here's-hoping-there's-an-afterlife card
  966. Would you rather live as a primitive Indian or as a 21st Century American?
  967. Dude, where's my delusion?
  968. I don't enjoy traveling by car while I am on vacation. The inside of a car is as generic as the inside of an airport. What would a car look like that made traveling in a car more like traveling? It could contain bits of local nature, smells and architecture; it could be full of pretty strangers.
  969. Where do thoughts come from?
  970. Why do the rich get richer?
  971. Why don't our government bureaucracies, paid with our tax monies, make us think they are intelligent, and that they care enough to make the experience as pleasant as possible for us? It must not be on their mission statement.
  972. What should we think and evaluate the emotive part of society?
  973. The modern equivalent of the idealized oil portraits of the rich: What if they made a movie of themselves, or at least a movie-trailer?
  974. What is to 'understand the world'? Can we?
  975. Does poetry describe the poetic mystical absurd nature of reality or does poetry create the poetic mystical absurd nature of reality?
  976. Why didn't the communists have better architecture? Oh yes, they killed the architects.
  977. How long would it take to explain the world? How long would it take God to explain the world? What is it to explain the world? What do we want to know about the world? It's not knowing the chemical reactions.
  978. Is it the fact that we have one feeling at a time that makes us think we have a unified soul? (instead of the myriad of processes taking place in the "Society of Mind?") What is the concept of the un-unified soul?
  979. Where the fuck are we? Here the fuck are we!
  980. What do we do when we have slaves? (as today we have machine slaves)
  981. In fine art, the painter paints and the customer buys. Where is the meaning here? What is the point?
  982. Look at astrology. What keeps it keeps going?
  983. Must we subjugate nature before we can appreciate nature?
  984. Look at your words with suspicion. These phrases are OK: going to a movie, enjoyed the movie, I like moves. These are problematic: What is a movie? Why did you enjoy this movies? Should I enjoy movies?
  985. What sounds are music?
  986. How can we live in a world without understanding it? It seems so . . . animalistic. But living in a world without understanding it may mean we cannot answer this question either.
  987. What can Wikipedia not tell us?
  988. Do sexual laws against promiscuity go back to pestilences and early forms of venereal disease?
  989. Why do people believe the world is atoms?
  990. I seek novelty — what else is new?
  991. We need a personal narrative like an actor need motivation: what is my motivation here?
  992. What is wrong about prostitution?
  993. What is a human's relationship to the world? There are several including a material one, a subconscious one and a religious one.
  994. Is a Rorschach test a new idea?
  995. Escape' into fantasy? We always have half-a-foot in fantasy. Our 'reality' is mostly fantasy,
  996. Is it possible to understand without desire? If there is no self interest then, for example, what is the point in understanding springtime?
  997. What can philosophers tell us? is a part of the larger question, What can anyone tell us?
  998. In the primal days of mankind, one had to explain to humans why there was death in the world. Why would you have to explain that? Is the default belief of consciousness to think you will live forever?
  999. Do I dare to eat a genetically modified peach?
  1000. What if sexual attractiveness did not stop at the borders of our species and we could appreciate sexy squirrels, birds and dogs? Would that make a more interesting world?
  1001. Actors can play religious saints and mystics. Where is the difference?
  1002. What can't I tell you? What do I know that I can't tell you?
  1003. Why is poker an ESPN "sport"? Why not a world series of intelligence? I do not mean the usual tests of memory or trivia. How about: A World Series of insight? A World Series of enlightenment? A World Series of profundity? A World Series of religion, spirituality A World Series of prayer? The Best 5 Minute Synopsis (of Wittgenstein, Hume, Einstein)? A Great Lesson on [whatever]?
  1004. After reading Newsweek about the London bombing: Why should news-magazine have to tell us how to feel about the news? Are feelings news?
  1005. We can imagine a being that is more intelligent than us. Can we imagine a being more sexually attractive than us?
  1006. We love to play pretend. I am going to dress up a sexy | hip | stylish person. Or as a wise | rational | educated person? In my mind, I may dress up as God. How is any of this possible?
  1007. What is the role of our misunderstanding and delusions in human life? Misunderstandings about the world, misunderstandings about other people and other cultures?
  1008. How much of what you believe do you believe because it helps you get through the world? Nature of humanity Nature of world What is sex about what women want
  1009. "Aren't you a little old to believe in Jesus?"
  1010. Characters in books are artificial creations, taking thoughts we normally have over several days, discarding the blanknesses, the repetitive, the obsessive/compulsive, and the hopelessly trivial?
  1011. Is it easier to understand Heidegger (or Wittgenstein) or to understand the world?
  1012. What makes us think we can rule out bullying in schools, if we can't even rule out nationalism, and political name-calling by the so-called adults?
  1013. What is it to be uneducated?
  1014. Since you cannot be here at the concert, why can't I describe it to you? (Pictures or movie cannot do this either.) The experiences of watching a live concert include: the many diverse things we pay verbal attention to, engage with the many things we could pay attention to the musicians, and all the memories and associations the things we scan the looking around, our ego — status, desires, greed, the emotional reaction of those near me, the things we monitor, the dance of the things you could pay attention to, the blowback from our personal emotions and remembrances, the pleasant feeling of not having to describe it all, the overflow of experience (like a stream going over a waterfall), the music. Words cannot describe music, yet people resonate with it.
  1015. Do we need a narrative to understanding history? Do we need a narrative to understand a river, the growth of a tree? What is the difference between a narrative and an explanation?
  1016. What would be the signs of a sophisticated monkey? One who arranges the banana skins in patterns? One who gestures that he really wants another banana when in fact he is full. One who wraps leaves around his penis?
  1017. What are you doing right now? You are doing many things. You can take the frame that feels most comfortable.
  1018. What makes something mathematics?
  1019. How can an education be evaluated?
  1020. How can we have a slow thoughtful conversation over the Internet? It is like yelling to someone in a crowd when everyone is pushing each other in different directions.
  1021. What kind of decisions must you allow to happen before you click on, say, Star Wars Games Through The Years?
  1022. Lawyers are the governmental thugs. Lawyers do not ask nicely, "Would you stop doing this?" They tell you to stop and threaten you with dire consequences. (In the horrific legal voice.)
  1023. What would it be to be history free?
  1024. Why doesn't everyone think like me?
  1025. What I have not learned is why I do what I do. Why am I not married? Why did I get married? Why am I staying here in Spokane? Why am I staying in this job? Why did I choose to live here? Why did I have kids? Why do I love my kids? Why do I love my car? Why do love art? Why do I look at women? Why do I like whatever stupid thing I love? One sign of such over-determined choices is that we can come up with a load of speculation about it but it doesn't make that much difference.
  1026. What do we learn about the world, when we learn chemistry? Chemistry is not learned casually; it needs study. There is a curriculum. One must give it one's full attention. It presents the theory first. It works. It bestows and takes upon itself the mantle of being a description of "the world."
  1027. It irritates me I can't understand the world. Why does it not irritate me that I can't understand chemistry?
  1028. We think: the words we use are important. Why is this ? Words are not always important in music.
  1029. Where do we live? Do we live: phenomenologically. Conceptually. Narratively. Unconsciously, or physically.
  1030. Art is not a communication. Art is not a dialog. It is not like: Picasso says Matisse responds: "OK but what about ?"
  1031. What cannot be tweeted? A complicate scenario. A book. A new use of a word.
  1032. What would be a good politician in today's world?
  1033. Movies often say that life is a sensory overload. Is because commercial movies themselves are a sensory overload?
  1034. We are mostly unaware of why we do and why like the things we do. We are simply drawn to it. Would it be possible to create a simple vocabulary to talk about this?
  1035. Do you understand this fact? In 1858 there were 20,00 Norwegians in Minnesota, in 1870 there were 400,000.
  1036. What does it mean to say that behaviors are "built into our genetic structure?"
  1037. Human life is an always an evaluation, status, reputation game. What if I did not care if I were smarter or more foolish?
  1038. It would be a nicer world if people took a little time to interact in a pleasant way with those around them. Is this even possible?
  1039. What would be in a class on Critical Listening?
  1040. How would a modern fight with bows and arrows differ from an older bow fought the battle of Agincourt?
  1041. Why do religions spend SO MUCH time on sexual morality? Is it because deep down are we are always thinking about fucking each other?
  1042. Can we work out a system to give epistemological quotient for our facts?
  1043. Where is the world we going?
  1044. If you were to spend a year among unattractive people, would some of them become more attractive?
  1045. We know about genetic predispositions, but what does that feel like from the inside? What do instincts feel like from the inside? I suppose it feels like the most natural thing in the world.
  1046. Why do we need answers to big questions? Well, that's a big question. Do we seek answers as a Pavlovian response to the high pleasure of understanding/comprehension, of the world fitting together, free of the pain of being confused and having to puzzling things out.
  1047. If you understood everything, would your life be better?
  1048. I find it peculiar that we cannot simply change our interests. (One might think it would be easy.) What are the nexus of forces that hold such things in place?
  1049. What do you have to believe to believe that: Love is really important?
  1050. What did you used to do with all the time you now spend texting?
  1051. Shouldn't they be able to kiss any other person in the world and return safely to you?
  1052. Why do we even form memories?

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