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The Game of Uncomfortable Ideas

Rules: (no login required to play)

  1. Spin the wheel by clicking the wheel.
  2. Click on the category tab below shown on the wheel and answer the next question.
  3. The next time you open that category, click the next navigation dot to access the next question in the list. When you are done with all the items in the category, click the icon to remove the category.

Life Partners

  • Is there a perfect person for everyone?
  • Can a marriage or long-term relationship end in divorce/break up and still be successful?
  • Can one love more than one person romantically at the same time?
  • Is divorce itself morally wrong?
  • For those who are compatible with others, is there more than one “special” person?
  • Aside from being illegal, is there anything wrong with polygamy (having multiple wives) or polyandry (having multiple husbands)? Assume all are consenting adults involved who are aware of the arrangement (i.e., no deception or cheating). Also, assume this act takes place in a culture where neither the women nor men are forced or pressured into the relationship.
  • Is it better for children to have a father and a mother than two mothers or two fathers (as in same-sex couples)?
  • Is there anything morally, ethically, or functionally wrong with polyamory (a relationship with multiple, consenting, adult partners)?
  • Can one truly love their spouse and still cheat on them? “Cheating” is defined as a husband or wife having sexual intercourse with someone other than their spouse without the knowledge and permission of their spouse.

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Love and Sex

  • Is it wrong for teens to have sex?
  • Is it wrong to be sexually attracted to a post-pubescent child?
  • Is love really a force for good?
  • Is being gay morally wrong?
  • Is prostitution morally wrong?
  • Is telling strangers or acquaintances that you love them more of a sanctimonious act than a sincere expression of love?
  • Are any acts of sex between two consenting adults morally wrong?
  • Should prostitution be illegal?
  • Can one feel the love of another person and what exactly does that mean?

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Humanity

  • Would the world be a better place if all those who were suffering disappeared or never existed?
  • Can everything be reduced to a rational answer, or is emotion needed?
  • Does it matter to you what happens to your body after you die?
  • Can one really do anything out of pure altruism, or does every altruistic act have some self-serving element?
  • If someone is suffering and wants to die, is letting them take their own life a good option?
  • Is human population control a good idea?
  • Can a society survive with only all ambitious people, or does it need unambitious, unmotivated, and uneducated people to take the crap jobs that the others won’t do?
  • In the future, if every part of you could be replaced with cybernetic parts, and you were replaced part by part, would you still be you?
  • At what point is receiving medical assistance “interfering with God’s plan” or “interfering with nature”?

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‘Murica

  • Do all Americans have an equal opportunity to live “the American Dream”?
  • Is the Constitution outdated and in need of an overhaul?
  • How was American better in the past than it is today?
  • Is democracy the best form of government?
  • Are some people more disadvantaged than others?
  • Should we be teaching our children to pledge their allegiance to our country?
  • Are dictatorships and monarchs superior to democracies providing the leaders are kind and good leaders?
  • Should all recreational drugs be made legal?
  • Should those who are religious be asking God to bless humanity, not just America?
  • Should the government help those who are currently disadvantaged, and to what degree?
  • Would we want the Founding Fathers running our country today?
  • How is American better today than it was in the past?
  • If you are politically ignorant, should you vote?
  • If you could bring back an American legal and political system of any year, when would it be and why?
  • Do more people join the military because they can’t get a better job or do more people join because they are heroes and patriots?
  • Is it acceptable to require others to follow your moral, religious, or philosophical beliefs and if so, when?
  • Is America the greatest country in the world? If so, based on what metrics?
  • Do you think the military demonizes the enemy (i.e., tells lies about them, exaggerates their faults, ignores the good they do) so American soldiers can be more motivated to kill?
  • Is an American life worth more than an African life?
  • What is the difference between democracy and decision by majority? What happens if morons make up the majority of our country?

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Faith, God, and Religion

  • Is there such thing as a soul?
  • If there was no literal Adam, Eve, and talking serpent, what the point of Jesus and why did Jesus seem to think there were a literal Adam and Eve?
  • How can God blame us for our imperfections when he made us that way? (perfect people don't make horrible decisions that curse mankind)
  • If Adam and Eve did not know about good and evil before they ate the forbidden fruit, how were they supposed to know that not obeying God was evil?
  • Is it right for certain religions to encourage large families?
  • Why did an all-loving God create evil? ("I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things." Isaah 45:7)
  • Why won’t God heal amputees?
  • If some people are born with evil souls, is that their fault or God’s fault?
  • Why does human sacrifice of the innocent pay for the sins of the guilty?
  • Do you think it is just for a god to judge people based on their beliefs given that belief is strongly correlated with geography and the beliefs of one’s parents?
  • If you didn’t believe in any eternal reward or punishment, would you live your life differently and if so how? How do you think your answer affects your morality?
  • Should we be held responsible for the “sins” of our ancestors?
  • If one has enough evidence and reason to believe in the Christian God, then what is faith needed for?
  • What makes a god a god?
  • If we are all born with perfect souls, what is it about a person that makes them a bad person, and should they deserve to go to Hell because of that?
  • Why is faith a good thing to have?
  • Why do you think God make the eating of shellfish and ham, or a woman wearing a man’s clothing, “abominations”?
  • How do we know what to put our faith in? Through faith?
  • If we admire Christians who live in ways that are consistent with their “faith,” can we blame other cultures for living consistently with their non-Christian faith?
  • Do other species have souls?
  • How much tolerance should we have for a religion we don’t believe?
  • Why did God put the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden?
  • If you were born in the Middle East, to Muslim parents, in a Muslim culture, do you think you would be anything but Muslim?
  • Is using birth control morally wrong?
  • An all-knowing God knows who will ultimately reject him, so why does a perfectly good God create people who he knows will end up in Hell?
  • Is it morally right to have children if you believe that there is a good chance they will end up in Hell?
  • Why would Jesus want you to eat his body and drink his blood?
  • By what method do we determine which parts of the Bible we should ignore (e.g., kill gays and kids that mouth off to adults) and which we should follow?
  • Can a mass murderer go to heaven for accepting your religion, while a doctor who spends most of her life healing people in third-world countries go to Hell for not?
  • What if when we die, that’s the end for us? How would your views on this life change?
  • Why do Christians get divorced, get sick, and die at the same rate as non-Christians?
  • In the Bible, how can we tell the difference between literal truth, figurative speech, “spiritual” truths, or just beliefs of the authors?
  • Should we live our lives according to the Bible?

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Metaphysics

  • Where does logic come from?
  • Is beauty objective? If so, what is the standard of beauty?
  • What is the nature of reality?
  • What’s the point of life? When you answer, keep asking “so what?”
  • Is there such thing as “freewill” and if so, what does it mean exactly?
  • How does the mind interact with the body?
  • Where does reason come from?
  • How can we tell if something exists or not?
  • What do you think consciousness is?
  • Can something come from nothing?
  • Do you think computers will ever become conscious?
  • How do we decide what’s true if there is no God?
  • Try your best to explain the attraction of forces.
  • What, if anything, can you be certain of?
  • What is truth, exactly?
  • What if we are the creations of a more advanced civilization and we are living in a simulated world? What would you do differently?

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Morality

  • Can something be moral in one culture, but immoral in another?
  • If you believe that God told you to kill someone, would you?
  • If something is morally wrong for one person, is it also morally wrong for everyone?
  • Is it morally wrong to commit suicide?
  • If something is morally wrong, does that mean that it was always morally wrong and will always be morally wrong?
  • Is taking action to kill someone morally different from failing to act when you can easily and risk-free save someone’s life?
  • Is doing the right thing for the wrong reason immoral?
  • If there are objective moral facts, what are they?
  • Why should humans’ right to life and dignity be any different from a non-human life?
  • Is it morally wrong to be proud of your accomplishments?
  • Is there anything morally wrong with getting drunk?
  • How do you know the difference between right and wrong?
  • Is doing the wrong thing for the right reason immoral?
  • What is the difference between morality and obedience?
  • What makes something or someone “immoral”?
  • Is retributive justice humane?
  • Is there always a right moral answer to every moral question (i.e. objectivism)?
  • Should women be required by law (civil or moral) to see all pregnancies to term?
  • To judge something as right or wrong, do we need a moral standard or just a moral comparison (like judging if a person is attractive or not)?
  • If your $10 can feed a starving child in Africa for a month, is it right to spend your money on multiple pairs of shoes, movies, and other luxuries?
  • Would it be morally acceptable for an advanced life form to kill us for food or sport because they are exponentially more conscious and intelligent than we are?
  • Should people be forced to share non-vital organs and fluids with people who need them to survive?
  • Is there a difference between moral values and moral duties?
  • What is the difference between murder and “justified killing”?
  • Is it morally acceptable to kill animals and if so, why?
  • Is it morally wrong to end your life if you are terminally ill and suffering?
  • Is there anything morally wrong with using recreational drugs?
  • Is valuing freedom more than safety right or wrong?
  • Is it more moral to reduce suffering or increase happiness?
  • Is it the act that is morally wrong, or the reasons behind the act, or does it not matter?
  • Is morality about the well-being of the maximum number of people or the maximum well-being of people?
  • Should we include the mental or psychological well-being of others?
  • Well-being of whom? Self? Family? Country? Humanity? Other life forms? Nature? Is there an order of importance and if so, how do we determine the order?
  • If something is morally wrong under one set of circumstances, is it morally wrong under all sets of circumstances?
  • Is lying ever acceptable?
  • Is it morally acceptable to take one human life to save two? If not, how many lives would have to be saved for the taking of one life to be morally acceptable?
  • Is well-being what we ultimately consider the basis of morality? If so, how do we define well-being? Can people define it differently in that it changes what actions can be moral or immoral?

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Mental Health

  • How do we determine the difference between a psychological problem and an socially acceptable deviation from normal behavior?
  • Do people have any control over depression?
  • Are those who experience negative life events “traumatized,” because we, as a society, coddle them too much?
  • Why is homosexuality no longer classified as a mental disorder (it was until 1973)?
  • Is there really such thing as a sex addiction?

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Politically Incorrect

  • Why is saying “people of color” appropriate but saying “colored people” is not?
  • Does the creation and promotion of minority groups help people to forget about differences or make these differences more salient?
  • What makes something or someone sexist?
  • Can something be sexist to one person and not to another? Who is right?
  • Is racism getting worse with increased sensitivity to racial differences?
  • All things being equal, should minority job candidates be selected over non-minority job candidates?
  • Are there certain groups that are more privileged than others?
  • Is life easier for good looking people than ugly people?
  • What makes something or someone racist?
  • Why is telling a woman she has beautiful eyes acceptable, but telling her she has beautiful breasts offensive?
  • Are black people more likely to commit violent crime, or just more likely to get convicted?
  • Are thoughts and prayers just a substitution for taking action that will actually help?
  • If you have a penis and a beard, but identify as a woman, is it still okay to use the women’s bathroom?
  • Which group is more privileged, economically depressed white men or wealthy black men?
  • Does being disgusted by watching two people of the same sex passionately kiss make someone homophobic?
  • Can something be racist to one person and not to another? Who is right?
  • Does the victim ever deserve some of the blame, if not all of it?
  • Is it acceptable for white students to form a “white student alliance” in a predominately black school?
  • Are fat people perfect the way they are?
  • Is sexism getting worse with increased sensitivity to gender differences?
  • Are some stereotypes accurate?
  • Are there professions that men are better at then women and vice versa?
  • Is it wrong to prefer people who are most like us, even if they are only like us in skin color and gender?

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On the Lighter Side

  • Does posting on social media about all the charity work and kind things you do for others make you an ass?
  • Do you think women who get their hair chopped off get compliments because it really looks good, or because saying nothing would simply be too awkward?
  • Does posting photos on social media of your expensive vacations that many of your friends could never afford make you an ass?

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