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Philosophy Assignment 1

ARVIND ROSHAAN S
14110020

Topic of the assignment:
Look at all the subjects you’ve learnt. Find questions which have unique answers and that with
multiple answers. Give some examples from those subjects. How do you arrive at answers then in
case of multiple existence answers? How will you choose your answers and why?
Yeah, subjects studied in the world have questions which have either of the following,
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Unique solution
Multiple solutions
No solution/Doesn’t exist
Inconclusive (or) ”time” will/may answer

By solution what I meant was the final answer to the questions but I haven’t yet talked of the number of
approaches in arriving at a solution (if it exists). The approach one makes depends on a lot of factor like,
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Environment in which s/he is brought up
Environment in which s/he solved the problem (inspired from “The Beautiful Mind”)
Mental, health situation the person is in
IQ, EQ and SQ of the person
The way s/he perceives the problem
The way s/he perceives the capability of them solving the problem

Since each person is unique, it gives rise to a possibility of having finitely countable/uncountable (if not infinite)
number of approaches to a problem. But there are problems which have very few approaches to solve it. But
anyway it doesn’t mean there are no other approaches to a problem! Since there are many approaches to a
problem, the ones which the scholars in the society feels elegant are being propagated to the next generation,
as fundamentally an approach is knowledge and hence it becomes the part of wisdom. To spread wisdom
“schooling” was introduced (totally my belief). But in this process, people with different cognition ability were
trained to understand and make use of this wisdom. But in this process the person has a high probability of
losing their natural perspective as we are all taught to think in a particular perspective which our ancestors felt
to be elegant. But nevertheless it is constantly evolving. This gives rise to broadly three kinds of people,
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Above this general perspective/Intelligent
In the range of general perspective / Moderate (or) average
Below this general perspective/ Foolish (or) ignorant

This could explain why the research done in fields which have historical existence like physics are incremental
in nature.
Ok, now I realize that I have slightly deviated from the core question, but truly speaking all came from critical
thinking. Let me come back now to answer the question.
My choices of subject examples are as follows,
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Mathematics
Philosophy
Design & Innovation
Computer programming
Economics
Sciences(physics, chemistry, biology)
Engineering

Mathematics:

But there are also questions in maths which have multiple answers. So according to me this is a problem in philosophy. According to me there aren’t any unique solutions to a question. it isn’t accurate. For example: What is the velocity at the end of t=2 of a body with v=0 @ t=0 and with an uniform a=2m/s^2. creativity. the approach of mine will depend on the extent to which I know the programming language. If I were to design a product I would come up with one which I fell would solve the problem taking into consideration of all the constraints up to a level. For example: If solution is temperature=2000 and 10000 degree Celsius. There is also a possibility of having a unique approach. maths does have a lot of questions which have unique final answers. there are questions in science which have a single answer. Here there is no meaning of preference of one answer over the other as there is no additional constraints to prefer an answer. Since there is no such perfect/ ultimate design for a question. So when we discuss on the moral baseline to be set up for the existence of the society there arise a debate among group of people.It’s a beautiful language altogether! It’s the language of numbers. If I were to program a machine to do a task. motivation level. we would prefer using 2000 degree Celsius as it is relatively feasible than 10000 degree Celsius.  Computer Programming: Programming is all about creativity. I would prefer the one which is more in common with my beliefs. The answer is v=4m/s and this unique.  Economics: It is a subject which if mastered will fetch a good job. needs. etc. time taken for execution. To these problems there exists many solutions as it all depends on the perspective of the person who defines it. It is about analysing the interaction of the customers with the market. It involves the observation of the natural phenomenon. The one which gives the maximum profit for the companies will be chosen by the company and that for customers will be chosen by the customers. Care & Culture). since by solution in programming we mean the approach. This perspective is a function of the belief system and the past experiences of the function. These are then modelled or being accounted by laws/theory which are also in phase with the previously observed phenomenon. Yes. The very fact that maths is a language of numbers makes it precise. but with time other approaches may evolve. The non uniqueness of the problem can be explained as it involves Culture & Creativity (which are not unique for all people on earth). If I were to choose an approach I would take into consideration of cost. biology): Science is a fascinating subject. which is not an unique answer to the question. The other problems could be in coming up with a definition of quantities such as “consciousness”. technicality. markets. That’s why there are no “wrong” answers in philosophy. therefore we observe things around to check whether they are universal & inclusive (anyone should be able to use).  Philosophy: The world is full of people having unique ideas and thinking. There is rarely a possibility that approaches will be the same. there are no unique answers to those questions.. To reach a goal via programming there are numerous approaches to it. economic viability. etc. countries. Since in general it involves the behaviour study of people. The fact that our race exists since its beginning is an evidence for existence of a universal consensus. So. memory needed. But the popularity of the solution highly depends on the how much your definition is universally agreeable. Here since multiple answers exist if I were asked to choose one. Choice & preference of the solution depends on whether you are a customer or a market man. But in others there is a need for choice/ preference of answers considering the feasibility of the solution.  Design and Innovation: It is a 3C’s subject (Creativity.  Engineering: . For example: At what points does the function f(x)=x^2 touches the x-axis? The answer to the question is x=0. which is a unique answer to the question. If not satisfied with any existing solution I will arrive at a solution which will mostly be based on my belief system. etc. etc. chemistry. And suppose. The main purpose is to enrich user experience & ease. In few cases as discussed earlier there are equally good answers. But If I were to choose a design in the market I would choose one which I perceive would solve my necessity given that constraints are met. For example: At what points does the function f(x)=(x-2)^2 touches the x-axis? The answer to the question is x=(+/-)2 . There are questions which have multiple answers also.  Sciences(physics. So how does a designer design a product? It depends on the target population. Yes. There are always multiple solutions possible for a problem. etc. The people belonging to the same group may not have identical ideas/principles but at least similar to an extent. at least in the matters of fundamental/ basic living. So both the answers are equally good. There is no ultimate solution to a problem. That’s why a designer’s philosophy is “Never settle”. Economist studies the behaviour of the customers.

In case of multiple answers. the answer is preferred or chosen based on the economic feasibility. engineering have questions of both the types. Economics and design will also play a crucial role in selection of the product. the one with single/ multiple answers.It is a study which deploys the applications of sciences practically for day to day life. . ease of implementation and the cost of manufacturing. Like most of the above stated subjects.