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Experimental Philosophy

The Big Idea for Saturday, October 26, 2013

When it comes to creative problem-solving, common sense can only get you so far.

In today's lesson, derived from Jonathon Keats's Big Think Mentor workshop, we are traveling way outside the bounds of common sense and into the realm of subversive thinking.

In a series of thought experiments, Keats has tackled problems that may on their face seem absurd (e.g. genetically engineering God), but which offer a novel way of thinking that is greatly applicable in life. 



  1. 1 Using Experimental Philosophy to Combine Incompatible Ideas
    Big Think Editors Big Think Mentor
  2. 2 But How do You KNOW That You Know?
    Jason Gots Big Think Mentor
  3. 3 What the World Needs is More Curious Amateurs
    Jonathon Keats
  4. 4 How to Develop a Subversive Mindset: The Five Rules of Experimental Philosophy
    Big Think Editors Big Think Mentor

Experimental Philosophy

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