What’s the dumbest philosophical mistake?

Aristotle, the inventor of logic and science, considered “Petito Principii” to be the stupidest error. This oversight, also known as “Asserting The Thesis,” “Begging The Question,” or sometimes “Circular Argument” is when someone merely repeats their conclusion or their claim, or restates it in a different way, but doesn’t actually support it by presenting facts…

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Would you rather see a foreign art film, or a whore and fart film?

Reversed Clichés are often more insightful than the original. This is a predictable side-effect of living in a world with so many upside down moral systems operating. With great responsibility comes great power. Spiderman’s uncle actually got that one wrong. It’s the taking of responsibility that convinces people to let you be in charge. Most…

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Are there only 700 Prototypes?

Dave and I once got talking about all those doppelgangers a while back.  Both of us keep seeing pairs of people who are sooooo similar. For years we’ve been seeing it. Repeatedly meeting people who look like an old teacher or customer or boss. And not just their facial structures, but often their voices, body…

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Why don’t you stop trying to colonize Mars and take care of the Earth?

Feminism is, in some regards, the triumph of the ‘cultural’ culture, AKA alpha-male culture. Remarkably, it’s actually the nerds – the beta males – who are the ideological opposite of the feminists, because they represent Man’s intellectual and physical mastery over nature, plus they aren’t very cool or articulate ergo they get friend-zoned immediately. Not…

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What color is the bear?

The Bear Hunter This is a mapping puzzle. Drawing a picture, or having a map might help. Part one is 3–out-5 difficult (unless you’ve heard it). Part two is 5-for-5 hard.  Famous part 1  A man leaves home, and walks a mile south.  He hasn’t found a bear, so he turns east, and continues walking.…

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Find X; the diagonal of a rectangle inscribed in a quarter of a circle

I really like this puzzle because it does such a good job of illustrating the essential approach to all problem-solving; identifying principles working together, then using them to narrow down the possibilities, ideally to just one result. Sherlock Holmes’ most famous line teaches the same lesson: “once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however…

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