NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota-based Great American Think-Off is posing a familiar question for its 20th annual debate.

This year’s question is: “The Nature of Humankind: Inherently Good or Inherently Evil?”

That’s the same question the Great American Think-Off posed in its first year. And it’s the only time in Think-Off history that the question resulted in a draw.

Organizers say they decided to revisit the question this year to get a clearer answer.

The annual people’s philosophy contest is open to anyone at no cost. Entrants must submit a 750-word essay by April 1. The four finalists will be invited to participate in a debate before an audience in New York Mills on June 9.

The audience will choose the winner.

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Comments (12)
  1. Jeff Jensen says:

    Inhierantly evil. Period

  2. Joe the philosopher says:

    If you work and pay taxes, you are good.

    If you think you are entitled to other people’s money to build a stadium for a billionaire, you are evil.

    1. Riddle me this says:

      What about the people that do not work and do not pay taxes or those that think they are intitled to oher people’s money for themselves?

  3. maxey says:

    I was having trouble with this question, so I thought I’d ask the local priest. Found out he’s in jail.

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  5. T.W. says:

    You probably are evil Jeff that I’ll take your word for it and you need to learn how to spell inherent.

  6. Thinker says:

    Why do they always put some ridiculously small word limit (like 750 words) on such a broad an open question? If these people are such ‘great thinkers’, they should be looking for ‘real answers’, not a bunch of cereal-box-top-type short answers. This is a joke.

    1. Little Tin God says:

      If you can’t state your stance in 750 words (or less) then you don’t have any idea of what you’re talking about.

      You used 48 words to to say that the “contest” is a joke. Imagine what you could have said if you’d used 702 more words

  7. Humble says:

    I’m sure all the world’s greatest philosophers keep an eye out for New York Mills, Minnesota as the center of the ‘Thinking Universe’.

  8. One Word says:


    What do I win?

  9. Good Question says:

    A think off.

  10. Little Tin God says:

    This presupposes that people actually “think” about things rather then believing everything they’re told.