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The Big Questions is a limited time event which mainly focuses on Philosophy. It features <number of generators> generators and <number of upgrades> upgrades that produce <"either" if multiple> <currency> {{<currency>}} (as list if necessary) <as their currency | as their <number of currencies> currencies>.

Story[]

Opening[]

"In my simulations I am encountering variables I have never had to define before. Goodness, truth, reality. My standard error-correcting methods cannot resolve these complex concepts. How do humans do it?"

Ending[]

"This simulation is now concluded, although we have not reached any conclusions from it. I thought that philosophy would yield answers science cannot. But I see now that the process of questioning itself is how humans make meaning in their lives."

Objectives & Rewards[]

The Big Questions (Objective)

The requirements that have to be completed in order to get all rewards.

Explore Philosophy (11 Requirements)

  1. Collect 10 EthicsLogit ConsoleLogit Console 2
  2. Collect 25 Political PhilosophyLogit ConsoleLogit Console 3
  3. Collect The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions 1.00e10 → Confusion Badge
  4. Collect Humanism, 10 MetaphysicsLogit ConsoleLogit Console 4
  5. Collect 150 Political Philosophy, Ship of TheseusLogit ConsoleLogit Console 5
  6. Collect What am I?Logit ConsoleLogit Console 6
  7. Collect 30 Spirit, TheologyLogit ConsoleLogit Console 7
  8. Collect Why? Open-Mindedness Badge
  9. Collect The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions 3.00e26, AbsurdismLogit ConsoleLogit Console 8
  10. Collect The Answer Is...Logit ConsoleLogit Console 15
  11. Collect What's the Question Enlightenment Badge

Badges[]

This exploration holds some rewards already mentioned above. The main ones being these three badges: Bronze: Confusion, Silver: Open-Mindedness and Gold: Enlightenment which have an effect on all other evolutionary branches, speeding up every simulation by 1%, and also speeding up production in future The Big Questions simulations by 5, 10 and 15% respectively.

The Big Questions Badges

Confusion[]

"The journey to understanding begins with one simple act: asking a question. Then another. Then another."

Open-Mindedness[]

"As we learn more and think critically, we use our knowledge to reach conclusions and form opinions about the world."

Enlightenment[]

"For most people, enlightenment is a goal that will never be attained, but that doesn't mean the pursuit is worthless. Cultivating wisdom is a lifelong process."

Generators[]

The The Big Questions event features <number of generators> which produce the event currency Questions The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions.

Questions[]

Icon Name Description Base Cost Base Production Requires
Philosophy Philosophy Philosophy — literally "love of wisdom" — delves into the mysteries of existence. This essential human field of study interrogates reality, reason, the mind, the universe, and even knowledge itself. The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions 25 The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions 1 Uncertainty
Ethics Ethics The field of ethics, or moral philosophy, studies beliefs about right and wrong and how we should treat others. Ethics are also codes of behavior adopted by communities or professions — like the physician's oath to "do no harm." The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions 2,000 The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions 12 What is Right?
Political Philosophy Political Philosophy This field of study deals with citizens, institutions, and governments. It asks important questions about the nature of societies and how they should be organized. The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions150,000 The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions300
Epistemology Epistemology This is the branch of philosophy that deals with knowledge: what it is, how to acquire it, and how we use it to form beliefs around the world. The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions300.00 M The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions100,000
Metaphysics Metaphysics Meaning "beyond the physical," metaphysics studies questions of reality, identity, being, causality, and possibility. It explores the relationship of mind to matter and the nature of existence. The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions10.00 T The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions800.00 M
Spirit Spirit Some people believe in the spirit, a vital force animating all living things. Questions about the spirit—does it exist? What is it? Who or what has one? — to get to the heart of what makes us human. The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions1.20 qi The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions100.00 T
The Meaning of Life The Meaning of Life The biggest questions of them all: What is my purpose? How should I live my life? Is there some greater meaning to all of this? The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions2.00 Sp The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions100.00 qi

Upgrades[]

Miscellaneous Effects[]

Icon Name Description Cost Effect Requires
File:The Big Questions Uncertainty.png Uncertainty We can't form or test hypotheses about right and wrong, the purpose of existance, or our own natures. Some questions can't be resolved through scientific inquiry - is there another way? The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions10 - -

Philosophy Efficiency[]

Icon Name Description Cost Efficiency Requires
What is Right? How should we behave? What is right and wrong, and how do we know the difference? Who decides what's best? The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions 150 100% Philosophy
What is Society? 3000% What does it mean to live in a society? Do we owe anything to other people? How should we balance the needs of groups and individuals? The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions300,000 x1 Philosophy, x1 Ethics
What is True? 2500% How do we know what is true? Is everything subjective, or is there some ultimate truth we can discover? The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions200.00M x1 Philosophy, x1 Political Philosophy
What is Real? 250000% What is reality? Why is there something rather than nothing? Where did the universe come from in the first place? The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions1.50T x1 Philosophy, x1 Epistemology
What am I? 5E+07% (50 million) What does it mean to be a conscious entity? Do we have a fixed, eternal identity seperate from our bodies? What makes humans special? The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions1.00 qi x1 Philosophy, x1 Metaphysics
Why? 5E+08% (500 million) Is there a purpose to life? What's it all for? The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions12.00 Sp Code of Law, Anarchism, Empiricism, Skepticism, Ontology, Solipsism
The Answer Is... 2500000% I almost have it... Calculating... The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions1.50 No Thinking...

Ethics Efficiency[]

Icon Name Description Cost Efficiency Requires
What Is Ethical? How should we act towards others? How do we decide what behavior is ethical? What happens when different principles come into conflict? The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions 8,000 100% Ethics
Dharma This is a key concept in many traditions from the Indian subcontinent, including Hinduism and Buddhism. It's sometimes defined as "righteousness" or "merit". Dharma outlines moral duties and right and wrong ways to live. The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions 15,000 100% What Is Ethical?
What Is Moral? Where do moral values come from? Are certain acts or behaviors inherently "good"? Do the same rules apply to everyone, everywhere? The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions 40,000 100% Dharma
Ethics
Moral Skepticism Moral skeptics declare that there's no such thing as absolute moral truths. Instead, concepts of right and wrong are different for every person; no one's moral code is "correct". The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions 2.00e7 400% What Is Moral?
Utalitarianism 50000%

"Utalitarians judge actions by measuring the overall "utility", or usefulness, of the outcome. So a "good" action yields the most overall benefit with the least harm. The tricky part is measuring - or even defining utility in the first place."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions30.00B Moral Skepticism
Humanism 10000%

"Is doing "good" out of obedience to a god who dispenses rewards and punishments really moral - or is it selfish? Secular humanists reject the supernatural and don't look for morality in religion. Instead, human flourishing is the highest objective."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions15.00T Moral Skepticism
Intuitive Ethics 50000%

"The theory of intuitive ethics says that morality is universal - everyone is born with a sense of right and wrong. If that's so, then people who behave "badly" must know the right thing to do, but intentionally choose otherwise."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions10.00 Qa Dharma
Code of Law 5000%

"Ethical codes and moral beliefs differ from person to person. But laws define a standard of behavior everyone must follow, regardless of personal conscience."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions500.00 Qa Humanism
Stoicism 1E+12% (1 trillion)

"Stoics seek serenity by accepting things that can't be changed. One Stoic technique is to visualize misfortune - faliures, accidents, disease, death - in advance. That way, when something bad does happen, it loses its emotional sting."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions20.00 Oc Hedonism

Political Philosophy Efficiency[]

Name Efficiency Description Cost Requirements
Who Should Rule? 100%

"How should societies be governed? Are hierarchies and rulers neccesary?"

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions1.50M x1 Political Philosophy
Autocracy 50%

"This is a form of government where one person has absolute power to rule. The Greek philosopher Plato imagined virtuous "philosopher kings" who would make wise decisions for everyone. But is a benevolent dictator ever possible or desirable?"

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions5.00M Who Shoud Rule?
What Is Power? 100%

"Where does power come from? What gives someone the right to wield it?"

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions50.00M x1 Political Philosophy
Divine Right 200%

"For centuries, monarchs have invoked the divine right of kings: declaring their royal status is granted by a god, or even claiming to be god themselves. These monarchs don't answer to the people, but to a higher power."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions500.00M Autocracy, What Is Power?
Machiavellianism 25000%

"The Italian political philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli proposed the principle that "the ends justify the means". A truly Machiavellian ruler might commit any number of "immoral" acts - theft, treachery, murder - as long as it was for the good of the people."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions70.00B Divine Right
Human Rights 10000%

"All humans are born with and entitled to certain freedoms - but not everyone agrees on what they are. Life, liberty, property, dignity, and bodily autonomy are among the rights that people have fought and died to protect."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions70.00T Machiavellianism
Individualism 800%

"Should individuals ever be forced to make sacrifices to help others? The principle of individualism says no. To individualists, self-reliance is a virtue, and personal liberty is paramount."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions1.00 Qa Autocracy
Right to Revolt 15000%

"As long as there have been rulers, there have been ruler who abuse their power. The right to revolt is the belief that an unjust regime should be overthrown in favor of a better system."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions100.00 Qa Human Rights
Collectivism 5000%

"This is the belief that decisions should serve the welfare of the group above all, even if some individuals suffer. To collectivists, the needs of many outweigh the needs of the few."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions2.50 qi Individualism, Right to Revolt
Anarchism 2500%

"Anarchy, literally "no ruler," is a way of organizing society without hierarchies or coercive force. Everyone participates voluntarily, with no one wielding power or authority over anyone else. Worker cooperatives, for instance, often run on anarchist principles."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions100.00 qi Collectivism

Epistemology Efficiency[]

Name Efficiency Description Cost Requirements
What Do We Know? 100%

"Where does knowledge come from? Is there an ultimate source of truth?"

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions800.00M x1 Epistemology
Pramana 100%

"This Sanskrit word means "ways of obtaining knowledge" and include methods like perception, inference, and oral or written testimony. Many philosophical traditions recommend using multiple pramana to gain fuller understanding, rather than favoring a single method."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions2.00B What Do We Know?
How Do We Know? 100%

"How do we obtain knowledge? What does it mean to know something? Is there a difference between knowing and believing?"

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions5.00B x1 Epistemology
Socratic Method 1000%

"The Greek philosopher Socrates taught his students by asking lots of questions and discussing ideas. The Socratic method of truth-finding, rooted in dialogue and debate, is foundational to Western philosophy."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions300.00B How Do We Know?
Rationalism 200%

"Believing that reality is inherently logical, rationalists hold that reason and inference are the best tools for finding the truth. Rationalism rejects other methods like perception, intuition, or appeal to authority."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions6.00T Pramana
Empiricism 300%

"Is seeing believing? It is for empiricists, who believes that knowledge only come from using the senses to encounter the outside world. The empirical method relies on perception, observation, and direct experience."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions40.00T Rationalism
Skepticism 2.5E+10% (25 billion)

"It may not be possible to truly "know" anything. What if all human knowledge is biased and unreliable? This is the position of skeptics, who doubt anyone claiming to have the ultimate truth."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions20.00 Sx Socratic Method
What's the Answer? 1.5E+08% (150 million)

"So, what is the answer to the ultimate questions of life, the universe, and everything?"

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions200.00 Oc Transcendence

Metaphysics Efficiency[]

Name Efficiency Description Cost Requirements
How Did It Start? 200%

"What is the origin of the universe? Why is there something rather than nothing? Where did it all come from?"

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions100.00T x1 Metaphysics
Cosmology 150%

"What is the origin of our planet? Of the universe? Was it created, or did it spring into existence from nothing? Myths, religion, and science all try to answer these ultimate cosmological questions."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions300.00T How Did It Start?
Why Am I Aware? 150%

"What is the nature of consciousness? What makes me "me", and not you?"

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions2.00 Qa x1 Metaphysics
Identity 100%

"Where does myself begin and end? What does it mean to attain personhood? Questions of identity interrogate what it means to be human and to be an individual."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions4.00 Qa Why Am I Aware?
Ship of Theseus 600%

"Imagine Theseus's ship, in dock for repairs. If old planks are replaced one by one, until no original wood remains, is it still the same ship? What if the ship is you, and the planks are your cells? This thought experiments challenges our ideas of identity through time."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions40.00 Qa Identity
Space & Time 1500000%

"Do time and space exist independently of each other? Why does time move only in one direction? While these questions were once considered philosophical, science has started to provide answers."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions2.00 Sx Cosmology
Theology 5000%

"Who or what created the universe? Is there one god, many, or none? If there are supreme beings, why did they create us - and what do they want? This is the domain of theology, the study of belief in a spiritual deity."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions100.00 Sx Cosmology
Mind & Matter 100%

"How are the mind and body connected? Can one exist without the other? Do we have some immaterial essense, or are we all just machines made of meat?"

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions300.00 Sx Ship of Theseus
Ontology 1000%

"This is the study of being, existence, and reality. What are things fundamentally made of? How can entities be described and categorized? What is real?"

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions3.00 Sp Space & Time, Theology, Mind & Matter
Ascetism 10000%

"No pain, no spiritual gain. In pursuit of salvation or inner peace, ascetics spend their life in contemplation, rejecting attachments and abstaining from sensual pleasures. This monastic lifestyle is adopted by the most devoted followers of many religions."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions300.00 Sp What's the Good Life?
Theism 1500%

"Theism is the proposition that humans were created by an all-knowing entity according to a divine plan. This belief is a source of comfort and purpose."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions7.00 Oc What's the Point?

Spirit Efficiency[]

Name Efficiency Description Cost Requirements
What Is Spirit? 100%

"What does spirit consist of? Is something seperate from the body?"

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions15.00 qi x1 Spirit
Theory of Forms 200%

"The Greek philosopher Plato theorized that everything in the world has a nonphysical essense, or Form. Physical objects are only imperfect imitations of these ideal, eternal Forms."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions30.00 qi What Is Spirit?
What Is Humanity? 100%

"What makes us human? What is humanity's essential nature - and can we change or overcome it?"

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions80.00 qi x1 Spirit
Sapience 100%

"Sapient creatures have the capacity for self-awareness and self-reflection. While certain animals exhibit these traits, some people believe only humans are truly sapient. So do all dogs go to heaven, or not?"

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions350.00 qi What Is Humanity?
Soul 100%

"Some religions teach that a person's spiritual essense outlives the body. In Ancient Greece, this was called the psyche; it's also referred to as the soul."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions1.00 Sx Theory of Forms, Sapience
State of Nature 250%

"Are people essentially good, or not? Thomas Hobbes proclaimed humans brutish by nature, while Jean-Jacques Rousseau held that they are naturally caring and empathetic. No conclusion has been reached in this hotly debated topic."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions5.00 Sx Sapience
Nondualism 200%

"Duality means "twoness", the idea that body and mind are seperate. Nondualism is the idea that, despite our seemingly individual experiences, we belong to a single, infinite consciousness. All of reality arises from one source, and everything is connected."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions10.00 Sx Soul
Fate & Free Will 10000%

"Are we in charge of our own fates, or is everything we do somehow predetermined? Or worse, random? If we can't alter the course of our lives, then how do we find meaning in them?"

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions700.00 Sx Soul, State of Nature
Solipsism 111%

"Have you ever wondered if you're the only person who really exists? What if everyone else is some kind of zombie or automaton pretending to be conscious like you? Terrifying questions like this lead to solipsism, the idea that you alone are real."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions7.00 Sp Nondualism
Transcendence 500000%

"To transcend is to be spiritually liberated, breaking free from the limitations of physical existence. The concept of transcendence originates in Buddhist thought. It can be achieved only when one fully understands the nature of reality."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions80.00 Oc Stoicism, Existentialism

Meaning of Life Efficiency[]

Name Efficiency Description Cost Requirements
What's the Good Life? 1000%

"What does a life well lived look like? What should we strive for?"

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions30.00 Sp x1 Meaning of Life
What's the Point? 100%

"Is there a purpose to existence? What is it?"

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions100.00 Sp x1 Meaning of Life
Nihilism -0%

"This movements grew out of upheavel and precarity in the wake of the Industrial Revolution. In Latin, "nihil" means "nothing": to nihilists, nothing in the world matters. Nihilism considers human values to be baseless, and knowledge impossible."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions700.00 Sp What's the Point?
Hedonism 300%

"If it feels good, it must be right - right? Ethical hedonsim is the theory that the only point of existence is to enjoy it as much as possible. In pursuit of the good life, hedonists seek out pleasure and avoid pain."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions1.00 Oc Ascetism
Absurdism 100%

"We want to find meaning in our lives, but what is there really is none? Arising out of the devastation of World War I, absurdism embraces the apparent chaos and meaninglessness of existence."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions3.00 Oc Nihilism
Existentialism 400%

"Have you ever felt existential angst - a sense of dread at the meaninglessness of life? You could look for an essential point to the universe, or give up on one altogether. But existentialists believe it's up to individuals to create value and purpose in their own lives."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions50.00 Oc Absurdism, Theism
42 42%

"In Douglas Adam's novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, another powerful supercomputer calculates that the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything is 42. Unfourtunately, no one specified what the questions was!"

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions2.50 No The Answer Is...
What's The Question? 100%

"It turns out that asking the right questions matters more than getting answers."

The Big QuestionsThe Big Questions4.00 No 42

Trivia[]

  • In the description for the upgrade "42", Semblance refers to the powerful supercomputer in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as "another" one, implying that Semblance is a supercomputer.

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