The Trillions of Sliding Doors Moments
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Post No.: 0789   Furrywisepuppy says:   The so-called ‘butterfly effect’, which stems from ‘chaos theory’, means that small things can lead to big consequences down the line. An imperceptible difference at one point in time can potentially generate a … Read More

The Insanity Defence, Sleepwalking and Juvenile Brains
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Post No.: 0778   Furrywisepuppy says:   In Post No.: 0770, we asked whether neuroscientific data could help improve our ability to detect lies and assess the minds of those accused of committing crimes in order to determine responsibility and … Read More

Will Neuroscience Revolutionise Criminal Law?
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Post No.: 0770   Furrywisepuppy says:   Present lie detector systems are nowhere near 100% accurate, yet governments and employers use them quite regularly to screen for candour or malfeasance. But will advances in neuroscience ever be able to unequivocally … Read More

Jurisprudence, or the Philosophy of Law
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Post No.: 0760   Furrywisepuppy says:   At it’s most simplistic, law is a system of rules and standards that has been designed to guide behaviour. It’s usually shaped by morals, and customs like norms and etiquette. Law helps social … Read More

Restorative Justice is Possibly the Way Forward
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Post No.: 0748   Furrywisepuppy says:   Shame can arise as a result of something that one has done to oneself, whereas humiliation can arise as a result of something that someone else has done to oneself. And bullies are … Read More

What if We Were Immortal?
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Post No.: 0729   Furrywisepuppy says:   Life is just a series of projects – to maybe get married, raise a family, write a blog(!), finish a videogame, run a marathon, or just make tonight’s din-dins… and it feels like … Read More

Is Dying Anything We Should Be Afraid Of?
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Post No.: 0704   Furrywisepuppy says:   Is it sensible to worry about dying?..   When we’re alive, we’re logically not dead. And when we’re dead, we logically won’t be around to experience it because we won’t be able to … Read More

Speciesism, Livestock Welfare and Eating Meat
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Post No.: 0696   Furrywisepuppy says:   ‘Speciesism’ is like racism, sexism or genderism but about the discrimination in treatment between different individuals belonging to different organism species (e.g. treating a sheep differently to a ferret). Does this accusation go … Read More

Companion and Service Creatures, Zoos and Animal Testing
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Post No.: 0662   Furrywisepuppy says:   I personally think it’s fur to ask – is it egotistical of humans, and against the freedoms of companion animals like dogs, cats, horses and birds, to make companion animals obey humans? Or … Read More

Qualia, or ‘What It’s Like?’
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Post No.: 0646   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Will we ever be able to objectively describe and convey what it’s like to feel love, depression or other emotions or feelings, or to objectively describe what it’s like to see the colour … Read More

Can Conceptions of Justice Ever be Absolute?
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Post No.: 0632   Furrywisepuppy says:   Is justice ever absolute or is it bound within the relative and particular values that happen to prevail in a particular society at a particular time and place?   One view is that … Read More

The Use of Nootropics or ‘Smart Drugs’
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Post No.: 0614   Furrywisepuppy says:   In ‘everyday’ life nowadays, many people take drugs in the hope of losing weight, fighting ageing, improving their sexual performance, and now increasingly to hopefully enhance their productivity or academic performance.   ‘Nootropics’ … Read More

Playing God by Editing the Human Genome
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Post No.: 0601   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Any technology that can be utilised for admirable objectives can probably be utilised for nefarious objectives too. And the more potentially powerful the benefits then the even more potentially powerful the harms that … Read More

Hard Determinism and Incompatibilism
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Post No.: 0590   Furrywisepuppy says:   Philosophies that believe that everybody gets what they deserve are strongly arguably untenable according to the conclusions that can be derived from scientific research and empirical evidence. This universe, which includes us and … Read More

Personal Identity and Psychological Continuity
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Post No.: 0585   Furrywisepuppy says:   Let’s get deep! What makes you ‘you’ from one moment to the next?   Personal identity is a key question in philosophy. (Some other big questions in philosophy concern God, knowledge and justified … Read More

Machines Have Long Taken Over the World!
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Post No.: 0568   Furrywisepuppy says:   It isn’t unscientific to view organic brains as essentially physical, biological machines. Computer software is also ultimately material when you break it down. Programming – whether via computers or DNA – is a … Read More

But the Question is, is it Art?
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Post No.: 0556   Furrywisepuppy says:   What is art? Well Marcel Duchamp was arguably the first to blatantly demonstrate that it’s contextual – stick a urinal in an art gallery setting and suddenly it’s considered art(!) Some, though, will … Read More

Do We Even Deserve Our Own Natural Talents?
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Post No.: 0540   Furrywisepuppy says:   We shall jump straight back to continue from the end of Post No.: 0533 and our analysis of equal opportunities, and move onto whether people deserve even the fruits of their own natural … Read More

A Fair Rather than Formal Equality of Opportunities
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Post No.: 0533   Furrywisepuppy says:   It’s been a while since Post No.: 0458 but let’s get back to exploring the thoughts of John Rawls, the ‘veil of ignorance’ and his concept of liberty and equality.   …Both Immanuel … Read More

Rationality Can Sometimes Be Considered Abhorrent
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Post No.: 0517   Furrywisepuppy says:   The best decision-making strategies are said to involve the application of rational logic. It’s about avoiding the cognitive traps, biases and errors that could cloud more objective and fair thinking.   But ‘bounded … Read More

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