Saturday, July 31, 2010

Part 1: Query 60

Whether it be true that the poor in Holland have no resource but their own labour, and yet there are no beggars in their streets?

Friday, July 30, 2010

Part 1: Query 59

Whether there are not such things in Holland as bettering houses for bringing young gentlemen to order? And whether such an institution would be useless among us?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Part 1: Query 58

Whether we may not, as well as other nations, contrive employment for them? And whether servitude, chains, and hard labour, for a term of years, would not be a more discouraging as well as a more adequate punishment for felons than even death itself?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Part 1: Query 57

Whether some way might not be found for making criminals useful in public works, instead of sending them either to America, or to the other world?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Part 1: Query 56

Whether small gains be not the way to great profit? And if our tradesmen are beggars, whether they may not thank themselves for it?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Part 1: Query 55

Whether cunning be not one thing and good sense another? And whether a cunning tradesman doth not stand in his own light?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Part 1: Query 54

Whether by how much the less particular folk think for themselves, the public be not so much the more obliged to think for them?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Part 1: Query 53

Whether if a man builds a house he doth not in the first place provide a plan which governs his work? And shall the pubic act without an end, a view, a plan?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Part 1: Query 52

Whether it be not a bull to call that making an interest, whereby a man spendeth much and gaineth nothing?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Part 1: Query 51

Whether it would not be an unhappy turn in our gentlemen, if they should take more thought to create an interest to themselves in this or that county, or borough, than to promote the real interest of their country?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Part 1: Query 50

Whether reflection in the better sort might not soon remedy our evils? And whether our real defect be not a wrong way of thinking?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Part 1: Query 49

Whether such men would not all set themselves to work? Whether they would not subsist by the mutual participation of each other's industry? Whether, when one man had in his way procured more than he could consume, he would not exchange his superfluities to supply his wants? Whether this must not produce credit? Whether, to facilitate these conveyances, to record and circulate this credit,they would not soon agree on certain tallies, tokens, tickets, or counters?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Part 1: Query 48

Whether in order to understand the true nature of wealth and commerce, it would not be right to consider a ship's crew cast upon a desert island, and by degrees forming themselves to business and civil life, while industry begot credit, and credit moved to industry?

21st Century: Query 42

Is Geometry Art, and is Art Geometry? Explain.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Part 1: Query 47

Whether there is in truth any such treasure lying dead? And whether it be of great consequence to the public that it should be real rather than notional?

21st Century: Query 41

What is your life? Describe in eight words.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Part 1: Query 46

Whether the opinion of men, and their industry consequent thereupon, be not the true wealth of Holland and not the silver supposed to be deposited in the bank at Amsterdam?

21st Century: Query 40

Is there such an absolute as a “True Theology”? If so, what is it, and why? If not, why?

Friday, July 16, 2010

21st Century: Query 39

What happens if curiosity dies?

Part 1: Query 45

Whether even gold or silver, if they should lessen the industry of its inhabitants, would not be ruinous to a country? And whether Spain be not an instance of this?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Part 1: Query 44

Whether, if human labour be the true source of wealth, it doth not follow that idleness should of all things be discouraged in a wise State?

21st Century: Query 38

What is the most unanswerable question?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

21st Century: Query 37

If you knew, beyond a shadow of doubt, that there was no afterlife, how would you live your life?

Part 1: Query 43

Whether a single hint be sufficient to overcome a prejudice? And whether even obvious truths will not sometimes bear repeating?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

21st Century: Query 36

In the above image, what do you see?

Part 1: Query 42

Whether a fertile land, and the industry of its inhabitants, would not prove inexhaustible funds of real wealth, be the counters for conveying and recording thereof what you will, paper, gold, or silver?

Monday, July 12, 2010

21st Century: Query 35

Would you want to know how long you will live? Why or why not?

Part 1: Query 41

Whether in the wastes of America a man might not possess twenty miles square of land, and yet want his dinner, or a coat to his back?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

21st Century: Query 34

As an extension to Query 33 (7/10), what happens when poetry itself corrupts?

Part 1: Query 40

Whether it were not wrong to suppose land itself to be wealth? And whether the industry of the people is not first to be consider'd, as that which constitutes wealth, which makes even land and silver to be wealth, neither of which would have, any value but as means and motives to industry?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Part 1: Query 39

Whether to promote, transfer, and secure this commerce, and this property in human labour, or, in other words, this power, be not the sole means of enriching a people, and how far this may be done independently of gold and silver?

21st Century: Query 33

Official Portrait of President John F. Kennedy (Painting by Aaron Shikler.)

How might the following statement be true or false?
When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses, for art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstone of our judgment.
--John F. Kennedy, Address at Amherst College, October 26, 1963

Friday, July 9, 2010

21st Century: Query 32

With whom would you most like to be stuck in an elevator? Least like?
Source: Brain Candy, 7/9

Part 1: Query 38

Whether trade, either foreign or domestic, be in truth any more than this commerce of industry?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

21st Century: Query 31

Adolf Hitler, 1889

If you--retaining all knowledge about the future of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich--could go back to 1889, at Gasthof zum Pommer, an inn in Braunau am Inn, Austria-Hungary where Adolf Hitler was born, could you kill the infant Adolf? Would you kill him? Why or why not?

Part 1: Query 37

Whether power to command the industry of others be not real wealth? And whether money be not in truth tickets or tokens for conveying and recording such power, and whether it be of great consequence what materials the tickets are made of?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

21st Century: Query 30

How might “madness” simply be a characteristic of “art”?

Part 1: Query 36

Provided the wheels move, whether it is not the same thing, as to the effect of the machine, be this done by the force of wind, or water, or animals?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

21st Century: Query 29

If you could personally witness one important event in history, what would it be, and why this particular event?

Part 1: Query 35

Whether current bank notes may not be deemed money? And whether they are not actually the greater part of the money of this kingdom?

Monday, July 5, 2010

21st Century: Query 28

Should children be sheltered from unhappiness? Why or why not?

Part 1: Query 34

Whether if there was no silver or gold in the kingdom, our trade might not, nevertheless, supply bills of exchange, sufficient to answer the demands of absentees in England or elsewhere?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

21st Century: Query 27

Peter Abelard, a French theologian, posed this dilemma:
If you suffer a great loss without knowing it, do you lose anything at all?

Part 1: Query 33

Whether it be not the opinion or will of the people, exciting them to industry, that truly enricheth a nation? And whether this doth not principally depend on the means for counting, transferring, and preserving power, that is, property of all kinds?

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Part 1: Query 32

Whether there be any vertue in gold or silver, other than as they set people at work, or create industry?

21st Century: Query 26

Valerie Elverton Dixon, Founder of and former teacher of Christian Ethics at Andover Newton (Mass.) Theological School and United Theological Seminary in Ohio, says,
“I hope animals have souls. They must have spirits because the spirit is the breath. I hope that animals have soul/spirit that survives this life because I look forward to seeing my dog again after death, just as I look forward to seeing relatives and friends who have passed from this earthly life.”
--Source: On Faith: God Must Love Dogs, The Washington Post
If there is any possibility for animals to have souls, to what degree should non-humans be granted equal rights to that of humans?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Part 1: Query 31

What makes a wealthy people? Whether mines of gold and silver are capable of doing this? And whether the Negroes, amidst the gold sands of Africa, are not poor and destitute?

21st Century: Query 25

In Looking Back While Thinking Ahead (Psychiatric Times), Greg Eghigian, Director of the Science, Technology, and Society Program and Associate Professor of Modern History and Science, Technology, and Society at Penn State University, observes that
At its heart, madness has consistently been an existential matter, meaning that it prompts us to pose fundamental questions about who we are, what makes us human, what constitutes a good life, and the degree to which we are the authors of that life.
What is “madness”? And how should we define it, irrespective of modern diagnostic manuals, such as the myriad DSM editions?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

21st Century: Query 24

In his New York Times article Should This be the Last Generation? Peter Singer poses this question:
How good does life have to be, to make it reasonable to bring a child into the world?

Part 1: Query 30

Whether the English crown did not formerly pass with us for six shillings? And what inconvenience ensued to the public upon its reduction to the present value, and whether what hath been may not be?