Thunk: “a beguiling simple-looking question about everyday things that stops you in your tracks and helps you start to look at the world in a whole new light.”

The Little Book of Thunks is a wonderful resource for talking about philosophy in a classroom or with your own children. About the first quarter of the book discusses philosophy sessions with young people — how you can do them and why you should. The little book (and it is little, only 90-odd pages) then lists 260 thunks. For example:

Can you have a friend you don’t like?
Which is more important, being right or being nice?
Does a sound exist?
If you could take a pill that meant you would never fail, would you?
Can you touch the wind?
If I acquire your memory who am I then?
When you comb your hair, is it art?
Can a fly see a skyscraper?
Can you have a third of love?
Why don’t dogs laugh? Is it because they don’t have a sense of humor?

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