July 22, 2020
(5 thoughts)

the big philosophical questions

i

The big philosophical questions

What is the meaning of life?
Is there a God?
Is there free will?
Why is there something rather than nothing?
etc.


are less questions
and more like classic melodies
upon which the great philosophers
and the not great philosophers
riff.

ii

Each of these questions
cannot be answered
in its own way.

iii

Each question
and the perennial tendency to ask the question,
is a kind of cogitive bias.

iv

One can deconstruct each one
giving reasons why the question is not an actual question,
and instead of being elated,
we are disappointed.
The cognitive illusion remains.

v

The fact the questions have not be answered
is also an indication
they are not all that important.
We can survive without them.
Consequently
they are not on the list of the world's most pressing questions.

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