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If you were a dictator, would you prefer your people to believe in God or not? Why? Karl Marx called religion the “opiate of the people,” and yet religion has led some to bloody wars and revolutions. Suppose aliens landed in your backyard (able to speak English, of course) and asked you how you and your world came to be. What would you answer? Does the prospect of immortality thrill or frighten you? If you could live forever in your present state, what conditions would you place on your own immortality? Would you want to stay the same age, for instance? How would you feel about living on as everyone you know died? What would be your goals for yourself for eternity? Do you have a conscience? If so, where did it come from, and how does it function? Descartes assigned animals to the material side, the “clockwork universe,” calling them little robots. Why did he have to do this, based on the system he created? Do you agree or disagree with his classification? Does the fact that as a culture we are getting more and more of our knowledge electronically (from TV, Internet, etc.) rather than from books change anything about how or what we know? Explain. Is the knowing that derives from oral cultures in which the treasures of the past are preserved in the memories and spoken words of the wisdom keepers any different from the knowing in cultures in which written language is the store- house of knowledge and wisdom? How would you test for accuracy and truth in each culture?

If you were a dictator, would you prefer your people to believe in God or not? Why? Karl Marx called religion the “opiate of the people,” and yet religion has led some to bloody wars and revolutions. Suppose aliens landed in your backyard
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