Q1. Choose one of the following questions to answer:
- What is the ultimate nature of reality?
- Can we know anything at all? If so, what, and why do you think so? If not, why not?
- How, in general, ought we to live?
Begin by stating your position and offering your best argument in its favor.
Then consider what you take to be the best potential objection to your argument or position.
Finally, defend your argument or position from the potential critique.
Q2. 100-150 WORDS. Critically engage with a peer’s post. Some ways to critically engage with a peer:
- Pose an objection to their argument or position that is not considered in their post.
- Offer an alternative reply to the objection to their position that they consider in their post.
- Draw out a consequence from their position that is interesting and not discussed in their post.
- Raise a critical question about their position and then explain why the question is important.
Avoid simply agreeing with their position wholeheartedly or just responding to your peer by restating the argument you make in your own post.
What is the ultimate nature of reality?
I think that reality is ultimately chaos that has no true meaning. Life is chaos, something that even though it might be bound to universal rules. The world has seemingly infinite possibilities, possibilities we may not fully understand why they happen. Everyone has had something unpredictable in life, things happen that nobody can predict. Nobody can predict the mindset of a child that has been born, even if it can be something that is influenced, ultimately nature always has a role in how a person might react, and because of this even people are unpredictable. With the knowledge we have, we can always try to guess something will happen. If a kid falls off a high tree he will indeed get hurt, though some have taken such falls and not have a scratch on them. It is best to try to adapt to the chaos of life and embrace it even.
Certain things can be influenced however. If you type the “f” key on your keyboard you can likely expect the letter “f” to pop up, likewise if you replicate an experment showing that water boils at at a certain temperature, then it will likely boil when you keep using that temperature. However the f key when you presss it can get stuck, at times it can accidentally switch over how the keyboard works on your computer (such as making a QWERTY keyboard a DVORAK keyboard) and you may end up typing a “u” instead. Likewise replicating an experiment can sometimes yield different results. Maybe the boiling temperature boils when it reaches five minutes instead of ten, likewise altitude has an effect on how the temperature boils, so said water may not even boil at all. Overall life and reality is unpredictable, maybe not totally random but unpredictable, therefore in terms of metaphysics it would be chaos.