# Thread: The "Easy" Problem

1. ## The "Easy" Problem

2 + 2 = ?

Any philosophical thoughts on how to go about this one?

2. Originally Posted by ragashree
2 + 2 = ?

Any philosophical thoughts on how to go about this one?
I think this thread is an excellent starting point. A fount of philosophical perspicuity if ever there was one.

3. well I could start by trying to debate the nature of the symbol used for the number 2 and given that each individual perceives the world differently how can we even be sure that each person experiences the symbol the same way... or even that anyone else is really here?

Yeah.. that's all I got.. nobody will ever accuse me of being a philosopher..

4. It equals "nothing that will pay the rent" in some of the ghettos around here.

5. Originally Posted by ragashree
2 + 2 = ?

Any philosophical thoughts on how to go about this one?
Is there a bridge nearby that you could jump off? That might clear your mind of the incessant flood of non-sense.

6. Assuming the common contemporary definitions of your terms, the answer is as follows:

2 + 2 = 4

If your definitions differ, your answer may also.

7. Originally Posted by ragashree
2 + 2 = ?

Any philosophical thoughts on how to go about this one?
Thats not a problem, just a question. Please define the problem and we can decide if its easy or not

8. Originally Posted by ragashree
Any philosophical thoughts on how to go about this one?
Play it safe:

2 + 2 = 2 + 2

9. I would find a calculator, however, I don't feel like getting up at the moment

10. Originally Posted by Helios
I think this thread is an excellent starting point. A fount of philosophical perspicuity if ever there was one.
I'm sure Coberst would have something interesting and pertinent to contribute, if he was really human ever actually responded to threads in the manner in which he starts them.

Originally Posted by spin-1/2-nuclei
well I could start by trying to debate the nature of the symbol used for the number 2 and given that each individual perceives the world differently how can we even be sure that each person experiences the symbol the same way... or even that anyone else is really here?

Yeah.. that's all I got.. nobody will ever accuse me of being a philosopher..
This is a promising start nevertheless, it provides some definite foundational material to build further complications of the issue upon.

Originally Posted by MagnificentMind
It equals "nothing that will pay the rent" in some of the ghettos around here.

Originally Posted by nebbykoo
Is there a bridge nearby that you could jump off? That might clear your mind of the incessant flood of non-sense.
This raises the question "To jump or not to jump?" It's an equally valid and interesting one, but offtopic for this thread. Maybe you could start a new one on it if it interests you that much?

Originally Posted by oberon
Assuming the common contemporary definitions of your terms, the answer is as follows:

2 + 2 = 4

If your definitions differ, your answer may also.
Since when does philosophy rely on mere common contemporary definitions? Philsophical activity would cease if recieved wisdom was never to be questioned!

Originally Posted by poki
Thats not a problem, just a question. Please define the problem and we can decide if its easy or not
That's what we're working on

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