Research on potential topics
My two favourite topics
My two topics that I have
Why I have chosen these
Can God’s Existence ever be
• I will make an informative
documentary with the
knowledge I have gained from
the study of philosophy.
• people have many views and
opinions in relation to this topic
and I should get a wide range of
Is the advance of technology
an advantage or
• There is a strong debate, as
there are a lot of positive and
negatives regarding the advance
• The rapid advance in technology
is also something that is modern,
and happening in the world, so
would make a good topic to
Can God’s Existence be
William Paley - Philosopher
The watch was made
for a purpose : telling
The parts fit together to
achieve the purpose
The parts are ordered in a
certain way so the watch
functions . So it must have
So the watch had a
maker who must have
Paley stated that if you found an old fashioned watch with cogs and
springs you could conclude that:
We as humans function, our heart pumps blood around our body in order so we
survive. Someone must have designed us. We must have a maker who exists. This is
We know a house has a builder, but we
cant compare this to the designer of the
universe. Moreover if the house is built
badly we would blame the builder. So
does this mean God is responsible for evil
in the world
Theres no evidence to show there is
one designer, we may look at a ship and
think ‘wow what a great design’ but the
ship may be a product of many hands.
So you cant suggest that the universe
has just one designer.
Paley's argument doesn't prove Gods existence
David Hume (philosopher) criticises Paley
Withthe amountmoral evil in the worldcan
Godsexistencereally be verified?
St Augustine's (philosopher) explanation
There is no such thing as evil, there is just a thing that is lacking.
If I am evil, I lack the quality of being
respectful to others
If I am not generous I lack the quality of
No one can be purely evil because to be evil you must lack goodness, which
you must of had to start with.
If there was no good in the person, there would be nothing capable of being
Even the Devil has some good in him.
So Augustine concludes there is no such thing as moral evil
Can God create something more powerful than
Overall the idea of a God could be questionable
If so yes, you are saying it is
possible for there to be something
greater than God, which should be
If you say no then u are
saying Gods power is
limited, which doesn't fit
the idea of God
Bertrand Russell – Just because every
man has a mother doesn’t mean the
human race has a mother!
This is a quote, that I feel goes greatly with
Descartes(philosopher)viewon the existenceof
God has placed an idea of God in every bodies
mind, just like a trade mark. For example we see a
MacDonald sign and recognise it. We automatically are
born with an idea of God. God must exist.
Some things cannot be doubted like the truth of maths.
This is called immutable. It is immutable that 1 + 1 =2.
Gods existence is also immutable, and cannot be
Demonstrating Gods existence isn’t about Proving God
exists, but showing there is no reason to ever doubt
Descartesargument doesn't proveGod exists
‘You cant demonstrate the existence
of something by having an idea
about it. Just because we have an
idea of God in our minds doesn't
mean he exists ‘
Gaunilo ( philosopher)
‘Human beings are not in a
position to understand Gods
Percentage of people who
believe in God
Country with the strongest belief
The country with the strongest belief is the Philippines, where 94% of those
surveyed said they always had believed in God. In the United States, that
response came from 81 per cent of people surveyed.
THE BELIEF IN GOD GROWS WITH AGE
• Belief is highest among older adults. On average, 43 % of those aged
68 and older are certain that God exists, compared with 23 %of those
27 and younger.
Is the advance of technology an
advantage or disadvantage?
If technology didn't advance,
health facilities would be
limited, making it harder to
The advanced technology used
in hospitals is very expensive
Prevents the rise of illness. X ray gamer rays can sometimes
lead to cancer, due to the mass
Has the ability to see beneath
the skin and detect and give an
idea as to what's happening in
The first UK heart transplant patient,
in 1968, survives for only 46 days
after his operation
Two-thirds of patients who have a
heart transplant are still alive five
The world's first test-tube baby is
born in the UK in 1978
Around 6,000 test-tube babies are
born in the UK each year
Tuberculosis is one of the country's
leading causes of death, killing
almost 22,000 people in England and
Wales in 1948
Deaths from tuberculosis are
around 70 times lower than they
were in 1948
Contacting anyone around the
world is now easier than ever
before due to instant messaging ,
email and social networking sites.
Makes it easier for cyber bullying
to take place.
We don't have to rely on letters in
order to contact someone quickly
Junk mail is received on email
which could contain viruses
Makes it easier for and unwanted
person to find you
Thefirst formsof communication
3000 B.C. - The Egyptians created a picture language
105 A.D. - Chinese began using paper and ink.
450 A.D. - Asia used Block Printing.
1539 A.D. - Mexico began using the first printing press
in the Western Hemisphere.
students are engaged and learn
more. The active white bored is a
great form of technology that is
used in many schools across the
world and allows children to
interact with many different
methods of learning.
Can be massive distraction, and
ultimately lead to failure
Children are able to keep up to
date with the modern world
Very expensive, a large amount of
money is spent on technology in
There are school websites which
make it easy to access information
such as school events.
cars are very useful in our everyday
lives , and ensure that we are able to
get around quicker.
every time a car is driven, the fuel
releases carbon which is bad for the
atmosphere, and can cause global
Advantage to old sick people, who may
struggle to go out.
Many accidents are caused by
transportation such as cars, trains etc
Make large family outings possible. Cars ensure that people are less active,
as they become lazy as a result of
constantly relying on their car
One form of technology is able to
do what another form of
technology can do i.e. we are able
to watch DVDs on playstaions
Technology has become much
more portable, making it easier to
Fun and entertaining. The constant use of entertainment
technology i.e. x box, can cause
laziness and in extreme case lead
to health issues
My favourite topic
• My favourite topic out of two would be ‘Can the existence of
God be verified’ as this is a massive debate that I am largely
• Although I feel that the topic regarding the advance
technology is also quite strong, I am not as intrigued about
it, and I feel this would come across in the documentary.