The Philosophical Think Tank
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The Philosophical Think Tank

"...I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent..."-Mahatma Gandhi

At one time this was Thiel College's philosophy club website

but since I graduated in 2000 I think it's safe to update it and make it into a general philosophy page for those who are interested.

If there is a particular subject area you would like me to post links to, please email and let me know. Nicole

"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one." -Malcolm S. Forbes

Nicole's Philosophy Links:

Earlham College's Philosophy Page I went and explored this page again yesterday and everything you've ever wanted to know about philosophy or philosophers can be found here... He has a lot of great links, and more than you could possibly see in one day!!! He has done an excellent job and I recommend this site for any research projects...
Epistemelinks What I like about this site is it has audio, full texts from a lot of philosophers, and a lot of awesome links. It also has a store, but I suppose it needs to make money somehow.
Jobs for Philosophers I was once told that if nothing else at least I'd be well educated and interesting at parties. Evidently there is more available than you realise for those who actually use their minds for thinking.
American Philosophy Society Any organization that doesn't tell you how or what to think but only asks that you do think is ok in my book!
Philosophy pages They have a link to a philosophy dictionary that I like.
Star Trek quotes I refuse to have a philosophy page without a star trek link or two. In college I wrote a comparative paper on Gene Roddenberry and Hannah Arendt. Let's just say I had to go out on a limb a little bit to stretch it to 50 pages!
Descarte Discourse on MethodThis is what I'm currently reading. I'm really enjoying it. You have to be a "Special" kind of person to really enjoy philosophy I think (therefore I am).
Belief-O-Matic I suggest everyone take this test, yearly or bi-yearly. It's a good way to help you define what you do and don't believe and match up with a church/religion that preaches what you already believe! My husband and I actually found a church that fit us because of this quiz.
Religious Tolerence OrgIt's not perfect but it's not bad either. A diversity of religions are represented with basic information on them. Really easy to use format. Very reader friendly.
More links on various religions. They forgot Wicca but I suppose that's not surprising!
Ethics and Moral TheoryThis is great for students and educators, links to articles and videos. Speaking of which how did you like the twist at the end of X-Men 3 where Xavier switched places with the brain dead patient? Was it ethical or not? Obviously he had long before decided it was and planned it as an escape route.
President's Council on Bioethics When Bush was president you could sum this up by saying "If my daddy didn't do it, then we shouldn't either, so stop bugging me. Don't you know we have to fight those terrorists in Iraq who didn't have WMD, or ties to Al Quaida, or anything to do with 9/11?" Now it is talking largely about the impact of STD testing in 3rd world countries. I actually thought it was worth looking through.
Now this is a Great Bioethics page There are fascinating articles on this site.
NaralThe Pro-Choice Website.
Pro-choice not Pro-Abortion I like how they break down the differences. It's worth a look.
EuthanasiaThis is an anti-euthanasia page. It has some interesting ideas and reasoning.
Wiki-PediaIf you've never used this site you need to! It's great, written by people like you and me on the areas they are familiar with. When I originally posted this link in 1998 this was a pretty new thing!
If you have any links you would like to include please email them to me and I'd be happy to post them!

Other Sites of interest:
Thiel College
Star Trek's New home The philosophical implications of signing a guestbook are endless but who has the time to think about that? Just sign it :)

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Carl Zwanzig: "Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together...."

Douglas Adams: "There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened."

Albert Einstein: "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

Unknown: "Astronomers say the universe is finite, which is a comforting thought for those people who can't remember where they leave things."

Edward P. Tryon: "In answer to the question of why it happened, I offer the modest proposal that our Universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time."

Kilgore Trout: "The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest."

Woody Allen: "I'm astounded by people who want to `know' the universe when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown."

Douglas Adams: "In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."

Rich Cook: "Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning."

Fred Hoyle: "There is a coherent plan in the universe, though I don't know what it's a plan for."

Christopher Morley: "My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed."

Edward Chilton: "I'm worried that the universe will soon need replacing. It's not holding a charge."

Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson): "The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.