Research Recruitment!


I’m currently conducting some research into beliefs in free will and mood.

I would really appreciate it if you could take part, and please pass it along to all the people you know too! It should only take around 20 minutes to complete. More details are available from the link below.

Of course, I will be posting a summary of the findings after the data has been analysed.

If you would like to take part, please click the link below. Thank you so much for your time!


19 thoughts on “Research Recruitment!

      • Thank you for the kind words. Ah, what a question. Hard one too, haha. I admire Kant’s take on knowledge, I have read his Critique of Pure Reason. I admire Nietzsche, and his superman. I also happen to admire Voltaire and whatever he did for France through his pen; just incredible. But the one I admire the most is Socrates and his student Plato. And that’s why I like to think of myself as a Platonist. πŸ™‚ What about you?

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      • Ooh good choices. I like Kant’s work too. And totally agree with you with Socrates and Plato. I admire Aristotle’s work too especially in philosophy of religion and his prime mover argument. But I appreciate the works of Descartes too – his method of doubt is very interesting! I definitely need to read more philosophical texts in general, however.

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      • One cannot simple deny the contribution of Aristotle in creating the world that we live in today. Because of him we have science the way we do. But he is dry and less of a philosopher (more of a scientist) as compared to his teacher Plato. I agree with Descartes on his realisation of his own mind. Ergo cogito ergo sum. Nothing is to me more truer than that. And I have to agree with you on his method of doubt; quite interesting indeed. I can probably suggest you some philosophical texts if that’s alright. Plus, always remember that no matter how many books we read they will never be enough. Here is to eternal learning!

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      • Haha that sums up why I like him perfectly. That’s why psychology appeals to me, it endeavours to utilise more rigorous scientific methods to see the specific effect of a particular variable. For example it tries to pinpoint which specific regions of the brain and responsible for which behaviour. Although this seems to be a relentless pursuit as our knowledge will advance with technology and assessment methods… therefore I love your comment about eternal learning! There’s something exciting about knowing that perhaps we will never know everything and that there is always some theorizing and research to be conducted. Either in philosophy and psychology. I always feel there’s a dichotomy in the literature between these two subjects. I am thinking of writing a post about this and how in fact, both may be able to inform each other. An example is the philosophical question of morality – there is much psychological research on prosocial behaviour and why we help others! Although psychology doesn’t directly address the hard-hitting questions or the fundamental pulling apart of topics to their roots like philosophy does, which is something I miss. I’m sorry, I went off on a tangent there. I would greatly appreciate it if you would share your favourite philosophical texts with me!

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      • I am also of the opinion that philosophy and psychology can inform each other. And you’re spot on with the example of the philosophical question of morality. Socrates was the first to raise this question. However, I am oblivious to psychological research on pro-social behaviour, so if you can refer me to a good paper or even an article, I would very much appreciate it. I think we need not to approach psychology as a science, it cannot prove us anything, it only provides us with data and only after analysing can we form an opinion on something. For example, in mathematics, everything is absolute. In Physics, Chemistry, and Biology we can have a theory but then we can reach some empirical proof. In psychology, however, we cannot do that. So this is probably why it cannot directly address the hard-hitting questions, we can only come so close and it’s always subject to change. You never have to apologise for talking on something you’re enthusiastic about. Have you read the dialogues by Plato? If so, which ones? Because Plato is important, maybe most important. Because after everything, all the other philosophers, the conclusion of philosophy is that Plato was right about many things; which I won’t spoil so you can find it out by yourself. Since, I can tell that you’re a curious person.

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      • You may find this publication on prosocial behaviour interesting:

        and this (shorter) article:

        I can agree, in a way I think psychology helps us towards an explanation of something, but since there are always other factors involved, copious amounts of research may never know the true cause and effect of something. It’s fun to try though! So, we do know a lot of things from psychological research – truly fascinating things! Yet there is always more research to be done.

        I’ve read some of the Republic and Phaedo πŸ™‚ Haha, he certainly had some exceptional ideas. Once my university studies are over, I will have to read more.

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      • I will give them a read. Thank you so much.
        Wow! You’ve read The Republic? That is great. And Phaedo is probably the best work of Plato. You should go on to read Apology and Crito too. They showcase more of Socrates’ character. I’m sure you’ll love them both.


      • I think so. I’ll have to reread them to refresh my memory. It’s been a few years! You won’t like me for saying this, but I dropped Philosophy at University to pursue purely Psychology. However, my dissertation topic proves that I miss it! I will definitely have to check those out. I think one of my all-time favourite topics in Philosophy is the arguments for the existence of God. I also enjoyed Peter Singer’s works on Animal Ethics. πŸ™‚

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      • Dropped Philosophy?! Oh God. But you know, you have a natural inclination towards it and that is enough. Your dissertation topic is you balancing between the two and that is admirable. I am majoring in Computing and Philosophy to me is more of a hobby. Plus, I am interested in how understanding human knowledge and intelligence can be utilised in creating artificial intelligence. Like you know how it is said that humans were created in God’s image, so following that same pattern, A.I. machines are created in human’s image. Of course emotions in machines are hard to create, and being an empath I think machines would be better off without emotions. Actually, Philosophy made me a strong believer in God, I knew He existed but I didn’t have all the answers, and the pursuit of Philosophy helped me find them. Talking about God, have you read any of Nietzche’s works? And I have heard about that book but haven’t had the chance to read it.

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      • Haha, yes I do love it though! Wow computing! That seems very difficult to me. How are you finding it? Of course! I think I read somewhere that an AI was able to win a game or something (can’t remember which one) because it was programmed with how our human cognitive faculties work in mind. I agree. And I think Philosophy is great in the way that it helps us critically question what we already know or are told by society, so that we can make up our own opinion about important issues. Funnily enough, reading Singer and taking an animal ethics class pushed me to remove any animal products from my diet. Isn’t it funny how philosophy can inform us and like I said, make us think and consequently impact our lives? Sometimes it can in a really big way.

        And unfortunately I haven’t read any of Nietzche as of yet!

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      • I am finding it great so far, haha. And yes, you read it right. It was chess as far as I remember. Chess is a logical game. It’s based on either/or, and sometimes there is only one perfect move. So if a computer can process and makes that perfect move, the opposition is done for.

        You’re spot on about Philosophy there because the opinion that we form is rooted from the observations and conclusions of many philosophers. Generally, philosophers are great writers, and great writers possess the ability to convince their reader. There is a joke in the philosophy community, that Plato’s writing style in the Dialogues is based on this very assumption that when all characters agree with Socrates the reader will be compelled to agree with Socrates too. I am sure you can relate since you have read “Phaedo”. I hope you start eating animal products again because you’re missing out on tasty stuff, haha.

        If you ever find the time and energy to pursue Philosophy again, remember that Nietzsche is important. Philosophy would be incomplete without him. And it is hard to criticise him. You probably have heard his quote, “And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.” The abyss here is Nietzsche himself. So if you try to stare into him long enough, he will stare back. :3 Crazy!


      • Good to hear! That’s so cool. I can totally relate to that joke! Philosophers’ works rely on the ability of a rigorous, meticulous explanation and evaluation I think. The greatness comes from pure logical arguments!

        And no I will never go back to eating animal products haha. It’s been 9-10 years since I stopped eating meat, I think I’ve forgotten the taste!

        Okay, Nietzche will be my first point of interest once I get back into it again. Fascinating! Can’t wait to read some of his works. Are there any you recommend?


      • Yes. Pure logical arguments.

        That is just sad, but then you forgot so you’re past the missing phase, and hence it’s highly unlikely.

        Thus Spoke Zarathustra, and the Will to Power. You will enjoy the former because it’s about God. The Will to Power is his most critical work.

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