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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

  • 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 there a perfect person for everyone?
  • For those who are compatible with others, is there more than one “special” person?
  • Is it better for children to have a father and a mother than two mothers or two fathers (as in same-sex couples)?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Is there anything morally, ethically, or functionally wrong with polyamory (a relationship with multiple, consenting, adult partners)?
  • Is divorce itself morally wrong?

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Love and Sex

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

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Humanity

  • If someone is suffering and wants to die, is letting them take their own life a good option?
  • Does it matter to you what happens to your body after you die?
  • Can everything be reduced to a rational answer, or is emotion needed?
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Is human population control a good idea?
  • At what point is receiving medical assistance “interfering with God’s plan” or “interfering with nature”?
  • Can one really do anything out of pure altruism, or does every altruistic act have some self-serving element?
  • Would the world be a better place if all those who were suffering disappeared or never existed?

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‘Murica

  • If you could bring back an American legal and political system of any year, when would it be and why?
  • Would we want the Founding Fathers running our country today?
  • 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?
  • What is the difference between democracy and decision by majority? What happens if morons make up the majority of our country?
  • Is an American life worth more than an African life?
  • If you are politically ignorant, should you vote?
  • How was American better in the past than it is today?
  • Should those who are religious be asking God to bless humanity, not just America?
  • Is it acceptable to require others to follow your moral, religious, or philosophical beliefs and if so, when?
  • Should all recreational drugs be made legal?
  • Is the Constitution outdated and in need of an overhaul?
  • Do all Americans have an equal opportunity to live “the American Dream”?
  • Is democracy the best form of government?
  • 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?
  • Are some people more disadvantaged than others?
  • How is American better today than it was in the past?
  • Is America the greatest country in the world? If so, based on what metrics?
  • 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 the government help those who are currently disadvantaged, and to what degree?

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Faith, God, and Religion

  • If one has enough evidence and reason to believe in the Christian God, then what is faith needed for?
  • In the Bible, how can we tell the difference between literal truth, figurative speech, “spiritual” truths, or just beliefs of the authors?
  • Do other species have souls?
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Is using birth control morally wrong?
  • Is it morally right to have children if you believe that there is a good chance they will end up in Hell?
  • Should we be held responsible for the “sins” of our ancestors?
  • 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?
  • 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)
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • How much tolerance should we have for a religion we don’t believe?
  • 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?
  • What if when we die, that’s the end for us? How would your views on this life change?
  • Is there such thing as a soul?
  • Why does human sacrifice of the innocent pay for the sins of the guilty?
  • Why would Jesus want you to eat his body and drink his blood?
  • Is it right for certain religions to encourage large families?
  • If you were born in the Middle East, to Muslim parents, in a Muslim culture, do you think you would be anything but Muslim?
  • 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?
  • Why is faith a good thing to have?
  • Why did God put the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden?
  • 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?
  • What makes a god a god?
  • Why won’t God heal amputees?
  • If some people are born with evil souls, is that their fault or God’s fault?
  • Should we live our lives according to the Bible?
  • Why do you think God make the eating of shellfish and ham, or a woman wearing a man’s clothing, “abominations”?
  • Why do Christians get divorced, get sick, and die at the same rate as non-Christians?
  • 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?

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Metaphysics

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

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Morality

  • Is it more moral to reduce suffering or increase happiness?
  • Is valuing freedom more than safety right or wrong?
  • 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?
  • Is taking action to kill someone morally different from failing to act when you can easily and risk-free save someone’s life?
  • Can something be moral in one culture, but immoral in another?
  • Is it morally wrong to be proud of your accomplishments?
  • Is there anything morally wrong with getting drunk?
  • If there are objective moral facts, what are they?
  • 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 retributive justice humane?
  • Should we include the mental or psychological well-being of others?
  • Is it morally wrong to commit suicide?
  • How do you know the difference between right and wrong?
  • 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)?
  • Is lying ever acceptable?
  • Is morality about the well-being of the maximum number of people or the maximum well-being of people?
  • Is there always a right moral answer to every moral question (i.e. objectivism)?
  • If you believe that God told you to kill someone, would you?
  • What makes something or someone “immoral”?
  • Why should humans’ right to life and dignity be any different from a non-human life?
  • Is doing the wrong thing for the right reason immoral?
  • Should women be required by law (civil or moral) to see all pregnancies to term?
  • If something is morally wrong under one set of circumstances, is it morally wrong under all sets of circumstances?
  • 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 for one person, is it also morally wrong for everyone?
  • 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?
  • Is it morally acceptable to kill animals and if so, why?
  • Is there anything morally wrong with using recreational drugs?
  • 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?
  • What is the difference between morality and obedience?
  • Is it morally wrong to end your life if you are terminally ill and suffering?
  • Is it the act that is morally wrong, or the reasons behind the act, or does it not matter?
  • If something is morally wrong, does that mean that it was always morally wrong and will always be morally wrong?
  • Is there a difference between moral values and moral duties?
  • Is doing the right thing for the wrong reason immoral?
  • What is the difference between murder and “justified killing”?
  • Should people be forced to share non-vital organs and fluids with people who need them to survive?

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Mental Health

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

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Politically Incorrect

  • Can something be racist to one person and not to another? Who is right?
  • Are black people more likely to commit violent crime, or just more likely to get convicted?
  • Why is saying “people of color” appropriate but saying “colored people” is not?
  • Why is telling a woman she has beautiful eyes acceptable, but telling her she has beautiful breasts offensive?
  • Is racism getting worse with increased sensitivity to racial differences?
  • Are fat people perfect the way they are?
  • All things being equal, should minority job candidates be selected over non-minority job candidates?
  • Are thoughts and prayers just a substitution for taking action that will actually help?
  • Can something be sexist to one person and not to another? Who is right?
  • Is it acceptable for white students to form a “white student alliance” in a predominately black school?
  • Are there professions that men are better at then women and vice versa?
  • Which group is more privileged, economically depressed white men or wealthy black men?
  • What makes something or someone racist?
  • Is life easier for good looking people than ugly people?
  • Does being disgusted by watching two people of the same sex passionately kiss make someone homophobic?
  • If you have a penis and a beard, but identify as a woman, is it still okay to use the women’s bathroom?
  • Does the creation and promotion of minority groups help people to forget about differences or make these differences more salient?
  • Is sexism getting worse with increased sensitivity to gender differences?
  • Are some stereotypes accurate?
  • What makes something or someone sexist?
  • Does the victim ever deserve some of the blame, if not all of it?
  • Are there certain groups that are more privileged than others?
  • 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?
  • Does posting photos on social media of your expensive vacations that many of your friends could never afford 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?

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