Philosophy


  • Did Someone Say Philosophical? | PBS Idea Channel

    In this short episode, Mike responds to Michael from VSauce's philosophical question: Are the bacteria and skin cells that live on your body "You?"

    Grades: 9-12
  • Hell is Quoting Other People | PBS Idea Channel

    Here at Idea Channel, we enjoy thinking about things, so it was inevitable we'd start thinking about' thinking. Or rather, what were philosophers were really thinking when they came up with famous phrases? Many are so overused, the colloquial meanings morph over time. Does "hell is quoting other people" really mean what you think it means? Are you even using these quotes correctly? 

    Grades: 9-12
  • Is the Universe a Computer? | PBS Idea Channel

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is about everything in life and the universe. In the books, the "answer" is 42, but the question is unknown. To discover the question, a giant computer called Earth was built. Although it seems silly, perhaps Douglas Adams was correct. Maybe not just earth, but the whole universe, is an incredibility complex computational system, processing the answer to some unknown question. The universe is made of information, similar to a computer, and physics certainly is based on computational principles. But, is it running some grand program? 

    Grades: 9-12
  • SRSLY What Does IKEA Say About The Human Condition? | PBS Idea Channel

    While a huge corporate entity may not be the most likely place to find discussion points for the human condition, we're going to tackle this subject anyway. In particular, what is "The IKEA Effect?" What is it about building your own furniture that is so satisfying, or frustrating? We can also undoubtedly find some metaphors in the labyrinthine layouts of their stores themselves! What does IKEA say about the human condition?

    Grades: 9-12
  • Five Fallacies | PBS Idea Channel

    Arguing on the internet seems to be everyone's favorite pastime! But, unfortunately, some people don't do it very well or, at least they could do it better. You owe it to them (and yourself!) to help them out and make their claims and/or arguments less fallacious. In doing so, you'll increase the quality of discourse between the both of you, perhaps even helping you to finally figure out some deep questions.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Even More Fallacies! | PBS Idea Channel

    There is a great deal of "discussion" on the web, and I think we can all agree that it isn't always constructive. You may have seen our Fallacies episode, in which we tried to help internet arguers make more solid, logical arguments. To kick off the new year, we're offering a few more ideas to help you argue more effectively on the internet in 2015! 

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Ad Hominem Fallacy | PBS Idea Channel

    Become better at arguing! We dive into the ad hominem fallacy and show you how to avoid it.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Authority Fallacy | PBS Idea Channel

    Become better at arguing! We dive into the authority fallacy and show you how to avoid it.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Black and White Fallacy | PBS Idea Channel

    Become better at arguing! We dive into the black and white fallacy and show you how to avoid it.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Fallacy Fallacy | PBS Idea Channel

    Arguing on the internet seems to be everyone's favorite pastime! But, unfortunately, some people don't do it very well or, at least they could do it better. You owe it to them (and yourself!) to help them out and make their claims and/or arguments less fallacious. In doing so, you'll increase the quality of discourse between the both of you, perhaps even helping you finally figure out some deep questions.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Moving the Goal Posts Fallacy | PBS Idea Channel

    Become better at arguing! We discuss the Moving the Goal Posts Fallacy and show you how to avoid it.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The No True Scotsman Fallacy | PBS Idea Channel

    Become better at arguing! We dive into the "No True Scotsman" fallacy and show you how to avoid it.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Straw Man Fallacy | PBS Idea Channel

    Become better at arguing! We dive into the straw man fallacy and show you how to avoid it.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy | PBS Idea Channel

    Become better at arguing! We dive into the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy and show you how to avoid it.

    Grades: 9-12

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