Spontaneous Philosophical Tea Party™
I am currently taking a philosophy of mind class. There’s some VERY bizarre philosophy out there to think about. For example: the idea that we have no free will, that the perception of a unified self is an illusion, that computers may be said to have minds or consciousness, and that societies or organizations could be said to have collective minds.
Like I said. Some weeeeird arguments. Sometimes it seems like all the arguing never resolves anything–philosophers make arbitrary decisions about how to define things, think about what that might mean, and then realize some years later that their definitions were completely wrong. My question is this:
Do you think philosophy is useful? Insofar as it comes to some conclusions about religion, science, and skeptical positions, is it important?