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Should we save endangered languages?

There are over six thousand living languages in the world, of which more than one thousand are defined as "endangered" - they are at serious risk of becoming extinct, with no living speakers. Rather ...
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Death: A finite ending?

From the viewpoint of an atheist, when you die, you cease to exist. Your brain has grown old, and can no longer sustain the trillions of electrical signals that constituted who you once were. ...
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does the mind consciously or unconsciously plays a trick on itself by dividing itself? a battle of antitheses?

one thought fighting another thought. a desire opposing another desire. frgmentation inside.one wanting to overcome greed or trying not to be violent which is violence too.
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is knowledge an impediment for seeing things the way they are? is silent observation the true instrument of comprehension?

when we are in a state of not knowing there is much more sensitivity, choiceless awareness, impartial observation, it seems to me.its knowledge the cloud of belief, conclusions preventing the true ...
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Doubt about Gödel's first Incompleteness Theorem [on hold]

In this sense G is not only unprovable but true, and provability-within-the-theory-T is not the same as truth. In this sense G is not only unprovable but true, and provability-within-the-theory-T is ...
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are there separate things in existence? or they are fragmented psycologically? [on hold]

we all believe so but isnt it a subjective manipulation? I can see it is an illusion only when the mind is silent. is it true?
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Is feeling the heaviness of something a quale?

When I pick up an object, I feel its heaviness. Classical mechanics tells us that what determines how heavy something feels to a given person is a property of matter called mass. I see a kind of ...
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Sartrian Freedom Compatible with Determinism?

In Being and Nothingness, Sartre talks about how humans are "condemned to be free". But I was wondering if, because Sartre's philosophy is phenomenological ontology, what this really amounts to is ...
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What is the difference between epistemic and ontological when it comes to special relativity?

I'm taking my first philosophy class and am writing my first paper on the notion of simultaneity, yet I find myself reading words such as 'epistemic' and 'ontological' which I'm finding very difficult ...
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Inductive argument for infinite number of cities

Think of a city, say the capital of Germany, Berlin. Now I can easily come up with another city, like San Fransisco. Now with two cities in mind, I can still come up with another city (Stockholm, for ...
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what is the self? does it exist as a reality or just as a belief? [on hold]

what is it labeled as self, I, me, ego? THE SENSE OF SELF IS A MERE PROGRAM INSTILLED IN OUR MIND BY TRADITION, EDUCATION, ?
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Intuition as long term rational thinking

I read this article about intuition (gut feeling?) on wikipedia, and I simply can't get my head over it. Why is intuition considered as "acquiring knowledge without interference or the use of reason". ...
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Am I morally obligated to pursue a career in medicine?

I am a high school student who has no formal training in philosophy, so I apologize if this question seems naïve. However, it is one that I am currently facing in a life decision, and I would like a ...
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Why do people threaten each other? [on hold]

My question is why people sometimes threaten each other. Answers will be appreciated. Thank you.
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What is a Horizon?

What do phenomenologists mean by "Horizon". I thought I understood it from the context when I first saw it, but every time I see it I get more confused. Now I have no idea. Can someone explain what ...
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What will be the outcome of an open source project without the supervision of an expert group? [on hold]

Edited on 20th April Currently open source projects always have a group of developers who give direction and approve commits to the project. A sort of an expert committee, probably accepted by ...
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About Godel and philosophy [on hold]

Does Godel's Inconsistency Theorem show no system (that can represent logic and arithmetic 'within' itself) can use some type of logic in order to 'prove' somehow its logic is consistent? If so what ...
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What is the true case of immortality [on hold]

Im having questions on whether the bodily existence when once has reached its limits verges into an eternal life void of all negative aspects
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Argument where premises cannot all be true

Is an argument whose premises logically cannot be true at the same time a valid one? It seems it would be "vacuously" valid but I'm not sure about the precise definitions. Ie, is the following a ...
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What's the difference between cloning and metabolism in terms of affecting personal identity?

Suppose I'm cloned when I am alive. Provided there is a technology that can copy ALL my mental states into the clone, such as memories, values, beliefs and the like. No more, no less. Also there is ...
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School Board Ethics

When a school board needed to fill a vacant seat on the board, they had to choose between two people. They publically announced that they were selecting one of the people because he had grandchildren. ...
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On the Axiom of Infinity

Russell, in Principia Mathematica, says the following of his Axiom of Infinity: "The axiom of infinity will be true in some possible worlds and false in others" He is notoriously sheepish about ...
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Chinese Beliefs about God and the physical world [on hold]

I'm not sure if this question ought to be here, but I hope someone can help me out anyway... What is the major religious belief in China nowadays? Traditional buddhism taught by Gautama Buddha (i.e. ...
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Non-Self-Referential Derivation of Inference rule

Prove the inference rule below "non-self-referentially," i.e., without using the inference rule to be proved itself, by deriving its corresponding conditional or biconditional without any premise. (at ...
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Why the human mind can say stories that never happened?

Why the human mind can say stories that never happened? are there a kind of hidden connection between many worlds interpretation?
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Existence of abstract objects for a physicalist

Let's say I'm a physicalist. Usually then, I will think of abstract objects as mental constructs, which are dictated by mental states, which, as a physicalist will say, are manifestations of physical ...
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About philosophical questions

Can there be a clear answer to a specific philosophical question that most people who understand the question can agree on without diverging into many competing -isms or schools of thought? Maybe ...
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Semantic vs syntactic consequence

I see that the double turnstile ⊨ denotes the semantic consequence of some sentence of logic, and single turnstile ⊢ denotes the syntactic consequence of some model. This seems equivalent to me. Why ...
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What is the difference between intension and intention?

What is the difference between intention and intension? If one intends to do something is this intent part of the concept of intension?
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Rational irrationality of emotions and simulated annealing

When a colleague of mine stated that "emotions are life's simulated annealing" I found that idea very interesting. In order to explain why let me describe briefly the optimization algorithm known as ...
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How can space be at rest?

Newton conceived space as being: Absolute space, in its own nature, without regard to anything external, remains always similar and immovable. Relative space is some movable dimension or measure ...
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How can a particle be at rest?

Newton conceived space as being: Absolute space, in its own nature, without regard to anything external, remains always similar and immovable. Relative space is some movable dimension or measure ...
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Is Deontic Logic applicable in Computer Science?

Deontic logic gives rise to a number of paradoxes when applied to our reasoning about moral values. These days it is starting to be applied in computer science. My worry is: doesn't the presence of ...
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What do philosophers mean by 'conceivable'?

Philosophers, especially in analytic metaphysics, often talk about the conceivability of things. Here are some examples: I can conceive a perfect being, therefore, a perfect being is possible. ...
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Does society influence homosexuality? [closed]

This practice is becoming more and more prevalent in our world. It leads me to ask: is it our society/culture that is influencing this behavior?
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Provable and contradictory?

For each consistent formal theory T having the required small amount of number theory, the corresponding Gödel sentence G asserts: "G cannot be proved within the theory T". This interpretation of G ...
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When translating universal affirmatives should we use implication or conjunction?

Sometimes, when translating a sentence like "All dogs are animals", I often see it represented like this: (∀x)(Px ⊃ Qx) However, I feel like the following is also a good translation: (∀x)(Px ∧ Qx) ...
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Is it possible ever to be free of self-centred activity?

Is there a real self apart from the self-created image?
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What could we call as mathematical intelligence?

A professor once told me, for example, that the act of counting is widely regarded as a first sign of mathematical intelligence. Is it though?, can the act of counting (or performing simple arithmetic ...
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Deleuzian Desire

Deleuze & Guattari offer an alternative definition of desire than that of psychoanalysis: Desire does not lack anything; it does not lack its object. It is, rather, the subject lacking desire, ...
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What is a sign?

Saussure wrote: It is... possible to conceive of a science which studies the role of signs as part of social life. It would form part of social psychology, and hence of general psychology. We ...
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Problems with backward time travel

In the beginning of this SEP article is the discussion of contradictions a backward time travel may bring (e.g. the classical grandfather paradox) and possible ways to "eliminate" them. My question ...
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Did Putnam proved Hume wrong about the impossiblity of ground for ethical claims?

Is well known Hume's argument in A treatise of Human Nature that we can't derive normative judgments from descriptive statements. Recently one of my teachers said that Putnam proved Hume wrong showing ...
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Provide an example of two sentences , the first formally implying the second, the second analytically(but not formally) implying the first

Provide an example of two sentences , the first formally implying the second, the second analytically(but not formally) implying the first. Are two such sentences formally equivalent? Are they ...
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Can a valid argument with formally consistent premises have an analytically impossible conclusion? What about the converse?

Can a valid argument with formally consistent premises have an analytically impossible conclusion? What about the converse; analytically compossible premises, but a conclusion that is a formal ...
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How not to judge?

People constantly say not to judge people, but how is this possible? We all make mental remarks based on our past experience, for instance if I see a single mother smoking cigarettes, I will judge ...
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The difference between Philosophy and Cognitive science

I have studied neither philosophy nor cognitive science in an academic capacity. When answering this question here on stack exchange philosophy, a comment was made that perhaps my answer was better ...
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Main differences between conventional and relative simultaneity?

What are the main differences between relative and conventional simultaneity? Did Einstein conform to a relative simultaneity belief then use the clock sychronisation convention to explain ...
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Is math independent of our sensory experience?

I've been asking myself this and other questions in the field of philosophy of mathematics. Could we, if we were isolated from any kind of sensory experience, be able to learn mathematics? This ...
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If A: P implies Q and B: Q implies P, then A is the *what* of B?

I have two propositions A: P implies Q B: Q implies P is A then the converse of B, or is there a term that is more exact?

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