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This is a big problem. I just recently joined. There are too many answers by people who have probably not studied philosophy at all. I'll just mention one example (I could pick any number of examples): Is there anything that is totally random? As far as I can see no answer even mentions algorithmic randomness, a theory where philosophy has had a role (see ...


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Officially we're here to give objective answers, and to keep our own opinions out of it. However, I think we all know none of us do that 100% of the time. So is it possible for there to be a "right" way to be subjective in an answer? These are the standards I've generally arrived at personally: 1) Don't answer a question at all unless you have at least ...


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The broad subject matter of a question shouldn't be changed, even by the OP. I think in almost every circumstance it would be better they ask a new question. However even if the broad subject matter stays the same, changing the specific question asked always risks invalidating existing answers. This is why changing the question asked should only be done ...


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I guess there is no written rule against this as it is an unlikely event, more typically happening with blatantly off-topic spam. It is also generally good to open separate questions rather than mixing fundamentally different questions in the same post, so there cannot be a general rule to not make multiple posting in a short time. But when there is a big ...


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Sorry for the very short answer, which is due to my limited time available, but a question to that effect has already been asked and answered here: What essential properties make us human?


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Late to the game (just starting to get involved in this Stack Exchange). From what I've seen so far on this site, I think there are some subjective questions that are someone to look to pick a fight, and there are some subjective questions where someone is looking to understand the arguments. To take an example: Is it moral to steal bread? This ...


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In my head ideally this is a reference request to major works in the philosophy of biology that might deal with some of these questions. I would try to pose the specific problem you're facing in terms of a referential question (i.e., what are some major works/positions in the philosophy of biology dealing with the definition of life?) as directly as you can ...


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There's several things that intrigue me in your question here. First, you're calling the philosophy.SE "the philosophy board". That sounds like you view this as BBS or forum. I think that alone indicates a fundamental misunderstanding of how philosophy.SE functions (or should function). This is first and foremost an SE -- meaning that it is a place for ...


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The reason why there is no karma tag is perhaps because no one with 150 reputation has created one for a question. Or possibly someone had created the tag in the past but only one question was created in a six month period and the tag was deleted. If you do end up considering to create a tag after getting 150 reputation don't forget to write the tag wiki ...


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Seeing as we've only had 8 questions closed as duplicate in the past 3 months (access to stats requires 2k rep), I'd say this is unnecessary. Regardless, an FAQ for the big questions would not be a good idea. The community doesn't have the required expertise, and there are other resources available for that purpose, such as SEP and IEP.


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I'd say that since the very point you are making could be made with less extreme an example, you actually should use something less offensive. As I understand it, you attempt some kind of reductio ad absurdum by showing that if a bad guy can enjoy his bad actions and an innocent person suffers greatly, the karmic school runs against our intuitions since it ...


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This is a good question, because it highlights the idea that science and philosophy are not two crisp classes with no overlap in activity. Every science has a body of philosophy in it (and in fact, the philosophy of science is the starting point for each other philosophy, including the philosophy of biology, and it's a fine turn of the words that puts a ...


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I suspect the question would be closed because it is too broad and primarily opinion-based, however, I can see why it is an important question. Because of that it could be a motivator for many questions that could be asked here. Each of those questions would be very specific giving someone else an opportunity to provide a brief answer. To find more ...


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Ironically I was about to post a duplicate of this question when I found it. It may be an Idea whose time has come? For instance this Does god know what comes after his death? which does raise an interesting issue, but I think there are two responses likely from the model user: "Ugh, not this again, close it as duplicate, to broad etc!" and "It is ...


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I do think that this is a problem. But I suspect the low-quality questions are, at least in part, a result of the general public not having acquaintance with what philosophy actually does. If we stickied (can we do that here?) some questions that explain what philosophy is, how it works, who the important figures are etc. that might help to stem the tide of ...


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