A quiz: Are you a materialist or idealist?

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bcbbadcaaca

So what does that make me?

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Pyrrho wrote:
Interesting Ian wrote:11 questions. Just choose a, b, c or d for each one. I won't tell you how to score at this juncture. But if you tell me your answers I'll inform you as to whether you fall under being a:

Materialist,

Naturalist,

Semi- idealist or,

Idealist (philosophical idealist that is).


As a matter of interest, the score I got put me as a semi-idealist; but only just. Only failed to be categorised as an idealist by 1 point.


The quiz is from the book Philosophy in Practice by Adam Morton.

(1) Telepathy would occur when one person could receive another person's thoughts, without speech or electronics. On present evidence is telepathy (a) impossible, (b.) unlikely, (c) possible, or (d) actual?
B.
(2) Suppose that there were firm evidence of telepathy. Would this mean that physics ought to be (a) abandoned, (b) supplemented with a very different discipline, (c) expanded, (d) left as it is?
C
(3) Suppose there were statistical evidence that the positions of the planets influence human fate. Would this be because of (a) an accident, (b) unknown causal processes, (c) something beyond our understanding, or (d) the truth of astrology?
B
(4) That human beings can survive death is (a) likely, (b) possible, (c) unlikely, (d) impossible.
D
(5) That today's physics may someday be seen as wildly inaccurate myth is (a) impossible, (b) unlikely, (c) possible, (d) probable.
B
(6) Where are rainbows: (a) in the sky, (b) in people's minds, (c) in raindrops, (d) nowhere?
C
(7) Numbers are (a) fictions, (b) marks on paper, (c) ideas in our minds, (d) objects independent of us.
C
(8) Compare democracy (in politics) and energy (in science): (a) energy and democracy are both just concepts we use to describe our experiences; (b) both energy and democracy are dubious concepts; (c) energy is a useful concept and democracy a dubious one; (d) energy is real and democracy is just an idea.
C
(9) A factor in many diseases is 'stress', which in part depends on a person's experiences and emotions. The suggestion that stress might one day be understood in purely physical terms is (a) likely, (b) possible, (c) improbable, (d) impossible.
A
(10) Brain chemistry seems to be connected with some severe mental disorders. The possibility that a person's personality might be completely explicable in terms of their brain chemistry is (a) crazy, (b) far-fetched, (c) likely, (d) probable.
D
(11) People who believe that they are biological organisms governed by biological principles are likely to treat other people in a way that is (a) more understanding than, (b) different from, (c) the same as, (d) less understanding than those who believe that humans are exceptions to the principles governing other animals behaviour.
C
A Naturalist, but just one point from being a materialist.

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Earthborn wrote:bcbbadcaaca

So what does that make me?
A naturalist but very close to materialist. Same score as Ny, Hex and co (and one point from Pyrrho).

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Interesting Ian wrote:
Pyrrho wrote:
Interesting Ian wrote:A Naturalist, but just one point from being a materialist.

I must point out that the phrasing of question 4 seems a trifle ambiguous to me, but perhaps it was your intention to determine how we define "human being". I tend to see the human being as a physical entity separate from the concepts of mind or spirit, thus, I could only choose D, because it is demonstrable that the physical body does not survive death. If the question had asked about the mind of a human being surviving death, I might have chosen C.
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Interesting Ian wrote:
Yahweh wrote:(3) Suppose there were statistical evidence that the positions of the planets influence human fate. Would this be because of (a) an accident, (b) unknown causal processes, (c) something beyond our understanding, or (d) the truth of astrology?

Supersticion. (Not an unknown causal process, but the answer I consider to be "the least far off from the others".)
You have failed to answer the question.
"B" was bolded. The question is answered.
Interesting Ian wrote:Your comments are both vacuous and irrelevent.
Vacuous and irrelevant? So much venom in you.

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Interesting Ian wrote:As I said to LostAngeles, you need to provide your answers in a list before I agree to score.
Absolutely:

1. D
2. C
3. B
4. D
5. B
6. C
7. C
8. D
9. A
10. D
11. C

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  • a
  • b
  • b
  • c
  • c
  • b
  • c
  • d
  • b
  • d
  • c

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Is that second one a kitten or some other animal? Looks like a gremlin.

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viscousmemories wrote:Is that second one a kitten or some other animal? Looks like a gremlin.
That's a kitten probably no more than a week or two or old from the folded ears.

The first one looks like one of mine, only black instead of grey.

So CUTE!

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1. a
2. c
3. b
4. d (though possibly c)
5. b
6. b
7. c
8. d
9. a
10. d
11. c

I'd like to state that I actually thought the test was fairly good, considering the original poster. (With the possible exception of question 8.) However, I would like to see the test's author's definitions of materialist, naturalist, semi-idealist, and idealist. By any chance is there a way we could see that?
For the record, I don't actually know anything. Not even this.

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rwald wrote:1. a
2. c
3. b
4. d (though possibly c)
5. b
6. b
7. c
8. d
9. a
10. d
11. c

I'd like to state that I actually thought the test was fairly good, considering the original poster.
This original poster is more likely to recognise a good test of ones metaphysical interpretation of reality than yourself.

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Interesting Ian wrote:This original poster is more likely to recognise a good test of ones metaphysical interpretation of reality than yourself.
Well, I'll admit that you did end up telling us your definitions of materialism and naturalism. I was happy, and somewhat amazed, to see this. If I say anything else, I will certainly derail this thread. Before I do so, I'll give the rest of the forum a couple of days to plead for its salvation. It's survived surprisingly long...
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Yahweh,

I had a kitten as a teenager that looked exactly like that one. He was one cool cat. He was built like a tank too.

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Thanks Ian, a naturalist huh?

Guess I'll have to go look that up.

The true answer is that I am a JOKE!(FRom Master ian himself this very day)

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Mooseboy wrote:Thanks Ian, a naturalist huh?

Guess I'll have to go look that up.

The true answer is that I am a JOKE!(FRom Master ian himself this very day)
Only if you are numerically identical to Dancing David. Are you?

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Ooh, a quiz.

1. b
2. c
3. b
4. c
5. b
6. a
7. c
8. d
9. a
10. d
11. a

Some of the questions were quite confoozled.

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I demand your judgement! Please.

My answers

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Yahweh wrote:
1. D
2. C
3. B
4. D
5. B
6. C
7. C
8. D
9. A
10. D
11. C
You've put telepathy as actual. Did you realise this?

Anyway, you got naturalist, almost materialist. The same score as Ny and Hex and co.

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viscousmemories wrote:
  • a
  • b
  • b
  • c
  • c
  • b
  • c
  • d
  • b
  • d
  • c
Naturalist.