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Uncommon Sense The Strangest Ideas from the Smartest Philosophers

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ISBN-10: 1442216085

ISBN-13: 9781442216082

Edition: 2012

Authors: Andrew Pessin

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/19/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 234
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Introduction: "Stop Making Sense"
More Than What Meets the Eye: There's more to the world than what you see-or even could see
Neither You Will nor You Won't: Some ordinary statements about the future are neither true nor false
Forced to Be Free: You act freely despite the fact that you are caused to do perhaps everything you do, by events ultimately out of your control
God Is Not Just a Good Idea: You can prove the existence of God merely by thinking about God
Keeps Going, and Going, and Going… or Not?: The universe has either always existed, infinitely far back in time, or else had a first moment of creation-take your pick
God Has Not Been on Vacation Since the Original Creation: God didn't merely create the universe at the beginning but continuously re-creates it at every moment
"A Monstrous Thesis": Animals entirely lack thoughts, feelings, and sensations and instead are merely mindless automatons
True Colors: Physical objects, such as bodies, are not really colored. Rather, colors exist only in the minds of the perceivers
On Honoring Leeks and Onions: No ordinary things, such as minds and bodies, have any causal powers. Instead, God Himself directly causes everything that occurs
Synchronicity: Each thing in the universe runs entirely on its own internal program, in perfectly coordinated harmony with every other thing-with no causal interactions between them
To Be Is to Perceive or Be Perceived: There is no physical world: all that exists are minds and their perceptions
Stercus Accidit: Nothing can be explained, and you can't even make reasonable predictions about anything that will happen-even in the next few seconds
Philosopher, Psychologist-Antichrist?: Pretty much everything we believe about morality is false
Time Does Not Fly Even When You're Having Fun: The passage of time is merely an illusion: in fact, time is not real
The Voice in My Head Is Speaking Nonsense: There could be no such thing as a meaningful private language
Thinking Outside the (Cranial) Box: Thoughts are not, strictly speaking inside the head
The Incredulous Stare: There are other possible worlds-literally
Mind and Matter, Together Again at Last (Sort of)!: Conscious experience is associated with every physical process, all the way down to the subatomic level: mind is everywhere matter is, even down there
Index
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