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C:\Documents And Settings\Web\Desktop\Philosophical Questions

  1. 1. The Thunker Thunks are philosophical questions which encourage deep thinking. There are no right or wrong answers. Made by Mike Gershon – mikegershon@hotmail.com I came across thunks at - http://www.independentthinking.co.uk/Cool+Stuff/Thunks/default.aspx And www.thunks.co.uk
  2. 2. Click a button…get a thunk
  3. 3. What does the wind smell like?
  4. 4. If we only live in the present do the future and the past exist?
  5. 5. Is the green I see in grass the same as the green you see?
  6. 6. If I borrow a million pounds am I a millionaire?
  7. 7. Can you catch the wind?
  8. 8. Do animals have feelings?
  9. 9. If a tree falls in a forest when no one is around, does it make a noise?
  10. 10. Is it ever right to steal?
  11. 11. What does the sun sound like?
  12. 12. Does colour have shape?
  13. 13. Can you be happy and sad at the same time?
  14. 14. Do you decide how you feel or do your emotions?
  15. 15. Does lined paper weigh more than blank paper?
  16. 16. If you read a magazine in a shop are you stealing?
  17. 17. Is it right to steal to feed your family?
  18. 18. How much is rich?
  19. 19. How little is poor?
  20. 20. Are you man-made or natural?
  21. 21. Can an angry person make good decisions?
  22. 22. What is a ‘good’ life?
  23. 23. What colour is tomorrow?
  24. 24. What colour is a mirror?
  25. 25. Can lies do good?
  26. 26. Is it ever right to lie?
  27. 27. Are you in control of your actions?
  28. 28. What is art?
  29. 29. Is it better to cooperate or compete?
  30. 30. How much money will make you happy?
  31. 31. What do you need to be happy?
  32. 32. Does happiness exist?
  33. 33. Are there better things to aim for than happiness?
  34. 34. Would you give up freedom for security?
  35. 35. Would you give up security for freedom?
  36. 36. Do you think or does your brain?
  37. 37. Is there more future or past?
  38. 38. Does time exist or do we just think it does?
  39. 39. What is science?
  40. 40. How long has to pass before the past becomes history?
  41. 41. Should we always say sorry if we have done something wrong?
  42. 42. Do words have power or people?
  43. 43. Can words make you do things?
  44. 44. Do animals think?
  45. 45. Do trees feel?
  46. 46. Is it right to kill animals?
  47. 47. Are you your memories?
  48. 48. Can a war ever be justified?
  49. 49. If we are at war should we all join the fight?
  50. 50. Where does ‘talent’ come from?
  51. 51. Should a footballer be paid more than a nurse?
  52. 52. Do bankers have a moral duty to the rest of society?
  53. 53. What is money worth?
  54. 54. What is a sport and what a game?
  55. 55. Can you show-off if no one is watching?
  56. 56. Why do we have emotions?
  57. 57. How democratic should a democracy be?
  58. 58. How much choice do people want?
  59. 59. Is it ever right to break the law?
  60. 60. Who decides what is fair?
  61. 61. Is there a difference between fairness and justice?
  62. 62. Can you ever know another person’s thoughts?
  63. 63. Where does trust come from?
  64. 64. What is truth?
  65. 65. Who decides something is a fact?
  66. 66. Is maths a language?
  67. 67. Do you own yourself?
  68. 68. Does advertising help you?
  69. 69. Are adverts tricks?
  70. 70. What is the difference between information and communication?
  71. 71. If we are all unique are we all the same?
  72. 72. Who watches the watchers?
  73. 73. Do you need to see to believe?
  74. 74. Can an animal be racist?
  75. 75. Where is power?
  76. 76. Who are tests for?
  77. 77. Can you grade thinking?
  78. 78. Was education invented?
  79. 79. Is there a difference between learning and being taught?
  80. 80. How should we treat others?
  81. 81. Is a beach in the sea or part of the land?
  82. 82. Does the sea have a shape?
  83. 83. Is your mind part of your body?
  84. 84. Do your thoughts control your body?
  85. 85. Are humans animals?
  86. 86. Could animals become humans?
  87. 87. Why are some things wrong?
  88. 88. Why are some things right?
  89. 89. Who decides what is right or wrong?
  90. 90. What do ideas feel like?
  91. 91. Can you touch hope?
  92. 92. Are rainbows real?
  93. 93. Do stairs go up or down?
  94. 94. Which came first – the chicken or the egg?
  95. 95. Why is something funny?
  96. 96. Does humour have a purpose?
  97. 97. Is anything pointless?
  98. 98. Do reasons exist or do we make them up?
  99. 99. How much does a shadow weigh?
  100. 100. Are animals aware of themselves?
  101. 101. Does fame have a price?
  102. 102. Is boredom a modern invention?
  103. 103. What is culture?
  104. 104. Are inventions and discoveries different?
  105. 105. Does time move in a straight line?
  106. 106. Is it right to steal from the rich if you give to the poor
  107. 107. Are we all equal?
  108. 108. Do you make your own luck?
  109. 109. How much is down to chance?
  110. 110. Is music a language?
  111. 111. Does the meaning change in translation?
  112. 112. When we describe something are we interpreting it?
  113. 113. Is knowledge power?
  114. 114. Is power knowledge?
  115. 115. Who writes history?
  116. 116. Do you have a history or a past?
  117. 117. Does change happen or is it always happening?
  118. 118. Should we expect politicians to lie?
  119. 119. Is it ever right to use force?
  120. 120. Does violence produce more violence?
  121. 121. Do we feel emotions in our heart or our head?
  122. 122. Where does authority come from?
  123. 123. Is it right to tell someone how they should live?
  124. 124. When does a law become unjust?
  125. 125. Is a broken down car parked?
  126. 126. Do frogs remember what they did when they were tadpoles?
  127. 127. Why do people like music?
  128. 128. Are poems stories?
  129. 129. Can you step in the same river twice?
  130. 130. Do fish learn to swim?
  131. 131. Can you read a picture?
  132. 132. Do computers think?
  133. 133. Do souls exist?
  134. 134. Is a key still a key if there is nothing to unlock?
  135. 135. If a door is shut is it a wall?
  136. 136. Should we discriminate against people who have the best lives?
  137. 137. What do celebrities do?
  138. 138. Who creates fame?
  139. 139. Can you judge a book by the cover?
  140. 140. Where is tomorrow?
  141. 141. Where is the past?
  142. 142. Do inanimate objects – rocks buildings – experience time like we do?
  143. 143. Do you believe your senses?
  144. 144. Where are the borders of an island?
  145. 145. Can you be more human than someone else?
  146. 146. When did you start to exist?
  147. 147. Where is the bottom of a hill?
  148. 148. What does the inside of a mountain feel like?
  149. 149. Does an animal’s size effect how you think about it?
  150. 150. Can you describe time without using units of time (hours, days etc.)?
  151. 151. Why do we learn?
  152. 152. Does day follow night or vice versa?
  153. 153. When does a puddle become a body of water?
  154. 154. What is the colour of love?
  155. 155. Can love be explained?
  156. 156. Do plants breathe?
  157. 157. Can you think of nothing?
  158. 158. Does society decide who you are?
  159. 159. What is money?
  160. 160. If you are given a reward for doing well do you continue to try and do well or do you try to get another reward?
  161. 161. Are we alone in the universe?
  162. 162. Should we colonise the moon?
  163. 163. Does anyone own nature?
  164. 164. Is it ever right to kill?
  165. 165. How much is enough?
  166. 166. Does ‘good’ today mean the same as ten years ago? What about ‘bad’?
  167. 167. Who polices the police?
  168. 168. What makes something controversial?
  169. 169. Are men and women different?
  170. 170. What makes you you?

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