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1,166 - Discussing Philosophy

December 21st, 2015

Episode 335 of 489 episodes

To be or not to be? That is the question we attempt to answer on this episode on philosophy. Slow dialog: 1:24 Explanations: 3:33 Fast dialog: 16:43 Rene: Why are you sitting here just staring into space? Francis: I’m pondering life. Rene: That sounds profound. Francis: I’m examining my life from a metaphysical standpoint. I’m not sure I really exist. Maybe my entire life is an illusion and there’s no such thing as reality. Rene: Okay. Are you sure you’re feeling all right? Francis: I’m better now that I’ve made some decisions about my epistemological outlook on life. I’m allowing reason and logic to guide me. Rene: That’s great, but you still seem a little distracted. Francis: That’s because I’m wrestling with some major questions about ethics and morality. It’s not easy always trying to do the right thing. Rene: I can understand that, but could you get me…? Francis: But then I think that perhaps the only thing that matters in life are esthetics, and I should devote my life to creating beauty. Rene: That’s a nice idea, but have you given any thought to how you’d pay the rent? You could start by getting me a cup of coffee. Francis: Ah, I see you’re a realist. Do you want your usual or do you want to hear the specials? Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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