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Monday, September 29, 2014

Discussion 9/29 Section 13 Group 2

Today we discussed Machiavelli, ruthlessness, and the views of life being achieved on 50% of luck and 50% of success. Our main focus was towards ruthlessness in areas of war and how we would personally handle it if we were in those positions. If we were in a war situation and a kid was pointing a gun at us would you shoot first? If the kid ran through the crossfire would you attempt to avoid hitting them? How would you react in these situations?


  1. FQ: What is Descartes argument to the Illusion Argument?

    DQ: Do you believe in the idea that we could just be brains in a jar controlled by an evil scientist? Or something similar? If something similar, what? Why?

    Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWH00ugAeEc&list=PLXsqt73Oe3U4_UK179K3BgKDATmTDX9wa

  2. FQ: What is the view that we can never know anything for certain, that there is some ground to doubt even our most fundamental beliefs about the world?

    DQ: If one of your senses disappeared, like sight or hearing, do you think other aspects of the Illusion argument would be heightened?

    Link: http://youtu.be/eejsB6PbaAk

  3. Anonymous10:24 AM CDT

    Savanna Hill

    This was a really good discussion, it was interesting to hear a lot of contrasting opinions on ruthlessness. I felt like the kid-with-a-gun situation was a situation I wouldn't know my reaction to until it happened, like many situations. But at the same time, when I'm thinking about Hobbes and survival in a post-apocolyptic, lawless world, maybe I should come up with my solution to these situations ahead of time in order to survive well in this world...but would I be able to carry it out if it wasn't truly what I wanted to do? Interesting to think about.

    FQ: Hobbes believed the muscles and organs of the body are equivalent to what 17th century technology?

    DQ: If we are all just brains in a jar being controlled and simulated by an evil scientist, who is the evil scientist, and how is he being controlled and simulated? God? ...

    Link on lucid dreaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK3SfNxbK3Y

  4. FQ: Who has argued that the concept of dreaming makes it logically impossible to ask the question 'Am I dreaming?' while in a dream?

    DQ: Do we agree with Thomas Hobbes' idea that there is no soul? If so, how do we distinguish active consciousness from our soul? If not, then is it possible to have any religious beliefs?

    Link on an introduction to Thomas Hobbes:

  5. Anonymous10:37 AM CDT

    Caitlin Bates
    FQ:" ____has been dubbed the father of modern philosophy, and much subsequent Western philosophy is a response to his writings."
    -Rene Descartes
    Do you believe people are incapable of not having a soul? To what extent do they have no emotions/desires?