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Going, Going, Gone

Would things get better or worse if humans focused on what was going well rather than what’s going wrong? Deck: The Shakespeare Tarot Card: 8 of Cups Alcibiades Answer: Things would get worse. This card sees the military general Alcibiades being exiled from Athens because he asked the city’s elders for clemency for one of hisContinue reading “Going, Going, Gone”

Double Double Toil & Trouble

If someone you loved was killed in front of you, but someone created a copy of them that was perfect right down to the atomic level, would they be the same person and would you love them just as much? Deck: The Shakespeare Tarot Card: 7 of Crowns Banquo Answer: As luck would have it, there isn’tContinue reading “Double Double Toil & Trouble”

howsoever strange & admirable

Is there a meaning to life? If so, what is it? Deck:The Shakespeare Tarot Card: 6 of Crowns Theseus & The Rude Mechanicals Answer: Yes. Albeit a play-within-a-play, no more yeilding but a dream. The scene depicted here is the marriage of Theseus and Hyppolyta from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Rude Mechanicals are a group of amateurContinue reading “howsoever strange & admirable”

Foolery… like the sun… shines everywhere

If the universe is finite, what would beyond the edge of the universe be like? Deck: The Shakespeare Tarot Card: 2 of Crowns Feste Answer: If a finite universe had an edge, that edge and what lay beyond it would look, and in fact be, all that was behind it. That is: there would be no edgeContinue reading “Foolery… like the sun… shines everywhere”

Who Dares Do More

Does fate exist? If so, do we have free will? Deck: The Shakespeare Tarot Card: 7 of Crowns Banquo Answer: Yes, fate does exist, if we believe the 3 weird sisters. That said, they could’ve just been privy to the future without that necessitating that fate exists, in the same way it is posited that God knows everythingContinue reading “Who Dares Do More”

conception is a blessing, but not as your daughter may conceive…

How would society change if men were able to get pregnant and men and women both had an equal chance of getting pregnant? Deck: Shakespeare Tarot Card: 9 of Swords Ophelia Answer: When Shakespeare was touring Italy, he got word that his wife was pregnant. He refused to believe it was his child, and court records revealContinue reading “conception is a blessing, but not as your daughter may conceive…”

Colouring Outside Of The Black & White Lines

Can morality ever be objective or is it always subjective? If it can be objective, in what instances? If it’s always subjective, how do we decide whose concept of morality is correct? Deck: The Shakespeare Tarot Card: 4 of Crowns Malvolio Answer: Morality can never be truly objective, but is only subjective. Malvolio, the antagonistic foilContinue reading “Colouring Outside Of The Black & White Lines”

To Be And Not To Be

Is it be possible for humans to create something completely novel and new that is based on nothing that previously existed? Or is human creativity just rearranging and building on previous ideas? Deck: The Shakespeare Tarot Card representing the completely new: The High Priestess II The Virgin Queen Card representing repetition: The Chariot VII LordContinue reading “To Be And Not To Be”

Is This A Dagger I See Before Me?

What is the benefit of consciousness from an evolutionary stand point? Deck: The Shakespeare Tarot Card: The Tower XVI Macbeth Answer: Evolutionarily, consciousness is the result of a living being’s faculty to ascertain and evaluate a given scenario; it is the by-product of an entity’s ability to respond to stimuli, itself a function of self-preservation and reproduction. Macbeth encapsulatesContinue reading “Is This A Dagger I See Before Me?”

Who Cares For Poor Tom?

If language influences how we perceive color, what other things could languages be changing our perception of? Deck:The Shakespeare Tarot Card: 5 of Staffs Edgar a.k.a.Poor Tom Answer: Everything. Edgar, from King Lear, is here shown in 5 different personas he adopts in the play – the hard-done-by son, Poor Tom the lunatic, a passing gentleman on the beach,Continue reading “Who Cares For Poor Tom?”