As per title, I would like to hear your opinion on question that could be classified as part of the philosophy of science.
I know that there is a Philosophy SE site, but I think it is important to define the limits, as some questions that will be asked may border between the two domains.
I can think of various types of philosophical questions (please, feel free to edit my question and add other examples if you wish):
- Questions where science/biology is just the context, but for which some biological answer may be difficult to give. For instance:
Clear mathematical patterns are pervasive throughout nature. Is that because mathematics is at the base of nature, or because it is the nature of our brains to look for simplifications in complex processes?
Philosophical questions that can be, at least in part, explained biologically. For instance:
It has been shown that our brain starts to process the information to make an action seconds before we become aware of it. Does that imply free will does not exist?
Scientific questions that can also raise philosophical issues, such as:
What are the advantage in the use of embryonic stem cells rather than adult stem cells for medical treatment?
My take on this is that question #1 belongs on Philosophy SE, it is not much different to ask "Are numbers real entities"?
As for question #2... that is a though one. Surely there is a huge amount of peer-reviewed scientific literature on the subject, and I am sure there is an even bigger amount of philosophical literature on it. I would say that I would ask to close that question if written as above, as it focuses on the existence of free will, but I would upvote the same question if focused on the processing of actions by the brain.
Question #3, would be on-topic, provided that the answers focus on the science rather than the ethical question of using embryos (which, however, could be mentioned).
So, what is your opinion on this type of questions?