Some Philosophical Questions

A few months ago, prior to picking up researching Transformative Experiences, I made a list of the philosophical questions I had. Here is a list, with a key of abbreviations at the end:

  • How can the study of C improve people’s lives?
  • Why is C so interesting?
  • What is the life of a person?
  • What’s a person?
  • Are all subjects persons?
  • Do all points in spacetime have subjectivity?
  • Do narrative accounts of personal ID/personhood have a good reason for
  • emanding narrative rather than every other kind of story?
  • Can narrative create a coherent diachronic personal ID out of episodic selves?
  • Does ego death annihilate personal ID?
  • What is the RS bw gender and personal ID?
  • Can too much postmodern fiction annihilate personal ID?
  • Can trauma annihilate personal ID?
  • Can trauma non-trivially annihilate C?
  • What’s a story?
  • What is explanation?
  • What are levels of explanation?
  • Are there level-bridging explanations?
  • What are stories made of?
  • What RS do the media and content of stories have?
  • What’s historical?
  • What’s a historical fact?
  • In what sense is evolution true?
  • What do facts about the past acquire truth from?
  • Are there facts about the future?
  • What’s a self?
  • How can we study C?
  • How do we study C?
  • How do we know anything about C?
  • What does it mean to know something about C?
  • What can we learn from ASCs?
  • How do we manage to refer to C?
  • Can all non-observational knowledge be paraphrased as predictions of experiences?
  • What’s compelling about empiricism?
  • What is phen knowledge?
  • How reliable is phen knowledge?
  • What’s the RS bw subject of knowledge and of C?
  • Does C have a function?
  • Is the phen psych?
  • What does psychology study?
  • What is psychiatry?
  • What is medicine?
  • How far should medical paternalism go?
  • Does the psych supervene on the phys?
  • Do the phys, psych, and phen exhaust reality?
  • What does physics study?
  • What is the RS bw physics and outer sense?
  • What does quantum mechanics study?
  • What implications does quantum mechanics have for C?
  • What does chemistry study?
  • Are theoretical entities in physics real?
  • What is physical?
  • What is energy?
  • Is social psychology really part of psychology given its clinical focus?
  • What does phenomenology study?
  • How do the phen and psych relate to mind and body?
  • Does eliminative materialism’s destruction of folk psychology take phil of mind with it?
  • Why is there C?
  • What’s a function?
  • Are biological functions psych?
  • Is psychology teleological?
  • Is phenomenology teleological?
  • What’s a teleological explanation?
  • What is C?
  • What is the RS bw world states and C?
  • What’s the RS bw brains and C?
  • Is the NCC enough for CE?
  • How many Cs are there per brain?
  • How prevalent is dissociation?
  • What is dissociation?What kinds of dissociation are there?
  • When is dissociation good/bad?
  • What is depersonalization?
  • What is derealization?
  • What is neuroscience?
  • What does biology study?
  • What is the RS bw ACh and C?
  • What is the RS bw the locus coeruleus and C?
  • What’s an ASC?
  • How do ASCs affect phen knowledge?
  • What is ego death?
  • Is the exp of ego death egoless?
  • Is ego death subjectless?
  • Is ego death desirable?
  • What is the RS bw phen and social C?
  • What is the RS bw unity of C and of culture?
  • What kinds of unity of C are there?
  • What is unity of C?
  • What is the development of C?
  • How does one raise C?
  • What is class C?
  • How can AP understand S’s theory of C?
  • Is C of x identical with x?
  • What is an object of C?
  • What does it mean to think about mathematical entities?
  • What is S’s RS w/idealism?
  • What is Spinoza’s RS with idealism?
  • What is infinite?
  • What is universal quantification?
  • Is ultrafinitism absolutely true or false?
  • Are thoughts/beliefs kind/s of feelings?
  • How can AP understand S’s claim that man is nothing?
  • What is the RS bw self and C?
  • How does JP’s Zen Buddhism address C?
  • What arguments are there for the existence and prominence of holographic relations?
  • Why does the brain appear holographic? (Or recursive?)
  • What is the RS bw holographic relations and recursion?
  • Is C ideal?
  • Is the mind/body problem real?
  • How does idealism differ f/other monisms?
  • How does Hassidic idealism compare w/other idealisms?
  • Does C require a subject?
  • What’s the difference bw subject and object of C?
  • What’s a subject, in general?
  • What isn’t a subject or object?
  • What’s an object, in general?
  • How does JP incorporate GI?
  • How does not-one not-two handle S?
  • Does the no-self have the agential SP?
  • Does the no-self have practical R?
  • Is the agential SP indispensible?
  • What debates have been had w/in “idealist” Vedic phil?
  • How was the Eleatic school idealist?
  • How does Taoism address C?
  • How do B and K differ in their idealisms?
  • Is anything in-itself not conscious/ness?
  • Why do both rationalism and empiricism lead to idealism?
  • Does N’s attack on idealism in BGE work?
  • What’s a POV?
  • What is the RS bw C and conscience?
  • What is phen C?
  • What is the RS bw phen and phys/psych varieties of C?
  • \What is self-C?
  • Can someone have an exp as someone else?
  • How do K’s C1 categories apply to C?
  • Can universals be conscious?
  • What kinds of things are conscious?
  • Which humans are conscious?
  • Are people conscious while blacked out?
  • Are groups of humans conscious?
  • Is C countable?
  • Is C discrete?
  • Is C finite?
  • Are DID alters unified in their C w/each other?
  • What are the persistence questions for a stream of C?
  • Is DID diachronic dissociation, as opposed to a synchronic variety?
  • Can C be understood both temporally and atemporally?
  • Are synchronous dissociative states multiply conscious?
  • Is C ubiquitous?
  • Is anything not an object of C?
  • In what sense are rocks conscious?
  • What does Amerindian phil say about C?
  • Is C representational?
  • What is C representing?
  • What is representation?
  • What is auto-representation?
  • What is presentation?
  • To whom is C representing?
  • Is C cognitive?
  • What is cognition?
  • What is the RS bw cognition and R?
  • Is willpower a thing?
  • What is addiction?
  • Why is weakness of will impossible?
  • Can the architecture of human cognition be modeled w/out content? E.g. as a weighted digraph?
  • When is a cognitive state subpersonal vs personal?
  • What is the RS bw desires and agitations?
  • Can intentions be reduced to beliefs?
  • Is cognition computable?
  • What are the restraints on cognition?
  • What states can be simulated?
  • Could I temporarily exp what it’s like to be someone else?
  • Which states can be simulated for whom?
  • Are the senses part of C?
  • What does Africana phil say about C?
  • Did Douglass write on C?
  • What are Amo’s views on C?
  • What is?
  • Why is there something rather than nothing?
  • Why are there relations?
  • What is a relation?
  • What’s a grounding relation?
  • What would it be for there to be nothing?
  • What exists?
  • What is reality?
  • What is a truth?
  • Can truths change?
  • Are there real inifinities?
  • What are things?
  • \Can we universally quantify over the domain of things?
  • What does it mean for something to be real?
  • What is being?
  • What is the RS bw being and C?
  • How can using stories aid the study of C and CE?
  • What tools can CE use?
  • What roles do stories play in sciences?
  • What determines the usefulness of a story?
  • What determines the truth of a story?
  • What’s a fact?
  • What is verisimilitude?
  • What makes for verisimilitude of a story?
  • What is the RS bw coherence and verisimilitude?
  • How do race, racism, racialism, etc. affect C and its study?
  • What is racial C?
  • Does racial C require that races exist?
  • Do races exist?
  • What are the practical implications of racial eliminativism?
  • What is a nation?
  • What is a state?
  • What is racism?
  • Is racism a disease?
  • How can racism be treated?
  • Can social/cultural states be understood as diseases?
  • What is a disease?
  • Is nihilism a disease?
  • What is a race?
  • What is ethnicity?
  • What is the RS bw race and ethnicity?
  • What RS do phil of race, phil of gender, etc. have w/each other?
  • How can SC be created?
  • What can SC learn f/other sciences?
  • Is SC continuous w/any other sciences?
  • Which sciences are unified?
  • What topological spaces are relevant to C?
  • How should we model C?\
  • What is it for an interpretation of a model to be true?
  • What is an interpretation?
  • Which interpretation of quantum mechanics is true?
  • How can recursion be used to understand C?
  • What is recursion?
  • Why does recursion seem so powerful?
  • What’s a model?
  • What logics does C follow?
  • What is topology?
  • What are R’s roles in science?
  • What is R?
  • Is every reason a reason for someone?
  • Can external reasons be explained away as reasons for one person for another person to do something?
  • How does time affect R?
  • Is R epiphenomenal?
  • What forms can R take?
  • Is all R practical?
  • What role does faith play in practical R?
  • What is a science?
  • What role should intuitions play in SC?
  • What are the foundations of topology?
  • What decision-making methods are best?
  • How can a framework for CE be created?
  • What would CE entail?
  • What is engineering?
  • What can CE learn from other engineerings?
  • How does engineering use metaphysics?
  • What RS should hold bw SC and CE?
  • What progress has been made in CE?
  • Is VR a protoCE?
  • What would fully immersive VR be like?
  • Can memory be fully simulated?
  • Is full VR necessarily delirious?
  • How prone is each sense modality to hallucination, illusion, and delusion?
  • How common is confusion of imagination and sense-perception?
  • What is imagination?
  • Are virtual exps less valuable?
  • Is reality valuable?
  • Can virtual exps be beautiful?
  • How do we make aesthetic judgements?
  • Why is one painting beautiful and another ugly?
  • Does ugliness have a purpose?
  • Are orgasms beautiful?
  • Should we value truth?
  • Is lying forbidden?
  • Is violence an acceptable response to lying?
  • How we communicate with the uncooperative?
  • What is communication?
  • Does valuing truth require valuing honesty?
  • Are there valuable lies?
  • Is PP a protoCE?
  • What is the RS bw PP and psychology?
  • How have racism, sexism, etc. affected CE so far?
  • Under what conditions is AI conscious?
  • What use does CE have for metaphysics?
  • What implications does idealism have for CE?
  • What are all the idealist positions?
  • What is idealism?
  • What is ideality?
  • Are physicalism and idealism compatible?
  • Is there an important RS bw AP’s group C and GI?\What are potential goals of CE?
  • Which states of C are preferable to others?
  • Why bother with CE?
  • What is valuable?
  • What is valuing?
  • How many metamaxims are possible?
  • How can a human/person’s life be viewed from an atemporal SP? (I.e. as a metamaxim?)
  • What is N’s account of nihilism?
  • What metamaxim does a nihilist follow?
  • How do we value?
  • How do we defeat nihilism?
  • How do we treat nihilism?
  • Is valuing valuable?
  • What good is good?
  • Is valuing reasonable?
  • What should we value?
  • Should we value happiness?
  • Should we value morality?
  • What is moral?
  • What do we owe each other?
  • Should we value greatness?
  • Should we value beauty?
  • What is the RS bw C and beauty?
  • Is C beautiful?
  • Does Wilde’s account of beauty as for-itself work?
  • Should we value phil?
  • What good is phil?
  • What good is learning phil?
  • What determines which phil is good for whom?
  • Can phil be learned via labor/internship?
  • Should we value?
  • Is religion worthwhile?
  • Is coherence valuable?
  • What is coherence?
  • Is anything foundational?
  • Is anything normatively foundational?
  • Is anything epistemically foundational?
  • Are there foundational relations?
  • Are there foundational recurance relations?
  • How are religious disagreements understood?
  • Which religious elements are coherent?
  • Why are orgasms generally liked?
  • What is disvaluable?
  • Why do people generally dislike being on fire?
  • What matters?
  • How would the world be different if different things mattered?
  • Should CE aim for therapy or enhancement?
  • Should PP aim for therapy or enhancement?
  • Why not put academics on stimulants?
  • Why ban steroids for athletes?
  • What distinguishes enhancement f/therapy?
  • Is being a cyborg choiceworthy?
  • What is the RS bw bioengineering and biotechnology?
  • What is the diff bw engineering and technology?
  • Should all these questions about CE be about C technology?
  • Is medicine engineering, technology, or something else?
  • Should CE be used to treat gender dysphoria, if possible?
  • What personality changes can psychiatry ethically produce?
  • What do we owe to DID alters?
  • What is a DID alter
  • Is ego death ever choiceworthy?
  • Could CE make a trans person cis?
  • Can one experience what it’s like to be a different gender?
  • Does gender have a phen aspect?
  • What is gender?
  • How can we model gender?
  • What is possible?
  • What Cs are possible?
  • What is contingency?
  • What is necessity?
  • Are numbers necessaily in the order that they’re in?
  • Why are prime numbers randomly spaced?
  • Is there any regularity to prime numbers?
  • What is it for something to be possible?
  • What are the bounds of human freedom?
  • How does time affect freedom?
  • How could CE be used for evil?
  • How could CE be used disvaluably?
  • What is evil?
  • How could we create/generate kinds of C?
  • How should we value C?
  • What kinds of C are there?
  • What is C a kind of?\
  • Whatt differences correspond with diff kinds of C?
  • What generates kinds of C?
  • How can we create CBs?
  • When in development does C arise?
  • Under what conditions should we make CBs?
  • When is abortion permissible?
  • When is euthanasia permissible?
  • Are CBs or C more basic?
  • Could CE help increase empathy?
  • Is emapthy good?
  • What is empathy?
  • What is love?
  • How does McTaggart understand the intersubjectivity of time?
  • Can time dilation be asymptotic?
  • What is time dilation?
  • What is time?
  • What is C of time?
  • What is C of spacetime?
  • Does time exist?
  • Is time ideal?
  • Is C in time?
  • Is C in space?
  • If time is ideal, then why do we seem to have intersubjective agreement about it?
  • What is spacetime?
  • Would asymptotic time dilation be subjective immortality?
  • Is this kind of immortality good?
  • Under what conditions is immortality good?
  • Can we live past asymptotic time dilation?

Key

  • AP=Analytic phil
  • ASC=altered state of C
  • B=Berkeley
  • C=consciousness
  • CB=conscious being
  • CE=C engineering
  • exp=experience
  • GI=German Idealism
  • JP=Japanese phil
  • K=Kant
  • N=Nietzsche
  • phen=phenomenal
  • phil=philosophy
  • phys=physical
  • PP=psychopharmacology
  • psych=psychological
  • R=Reason
  • RS=relationship
  • S=Sartre
  • SC=science of C
  • SP=standpoint

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