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Clustering Questions of Existential Significance


Introduction
Clustering of questions
Commentary

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Introduction

This is an exercise in clustering the 31 questions formulated by Acarya. Shambhushivananda Avadhuta (Eternal Philosophy: Questions and Answers). The document produced for the College of Neohumanist Studies (Sweden) of which he is rector, and in which capacity he is chancellor of the global education network Ananda Marga Gurukula (AMGK), which runs over 1,200 educational institutions in over 80 countries. The merit of the document for this exercise is the general nature of the questions as they variously relate to any concern with religion or philosophy. Other questions might of course be added to the 31.

The specific focus of the exercise is to cluster the set of 31 questions in terms of the classic set of 7 "WH-questions" (what, where, when, which, how, who and why) used here to formulate the religion-related concerns. Irrespective of the religious focus here, WH-questions are a common focus of linguistic studies. Of the 31 questions here, 8 were not specified in these terms (those at the bottom of the table). Two of the WH-questions (which and how) are not used in the original 31.

Where possible, it was decided to use any of the WH-questions to reformulate these 8 and distribute them within the relevant clusters, as indicated in the table below (in italics). At the end of the table the columns indicate to which of the clusters the 8 have been reallocated. It might of course be fruitful to process those originally associated with a particular WH-question in the same way -- identifying variants to be added to other clusters. This has not been done.

Some possible comments on the process are given following the table.

has not been done.

Some possible comments on the process are given following the table.