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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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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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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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Does veridical perception in Near death experiences prove the spiritual and supernatural to be true?

One of the greatest, if not the greatest piece of evidence that the mind can and does survive bodily death is veridical perception in near death experiences. Veridical perception in near death ...
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What is a 'Brain State?'

I was recently reading on this, but found that a complete definition was vague. What does a brain state mean? Thanks!
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Is focus dependent upon time?

I have been contemplating on various things happening around me and was categorising them on the basis of how much focused I am and also considering the time of day, the question which comes up is how ...
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Descartes' Enlargement or Limitation of Cognition?

Descartes gives the metaphysical implications of freedom of the will as it relates to the power of cognition. This involves the function of judgement in its natural character and representational ...
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If a brain in a vat never received any sensory input, could it still develop a consciousness? What would a functionalist say?

First of all, I'm not knowledgeable of philosophy by any means (engineering student). However, I was wondering if from a philosophical point of view we could reason about what might happen to a brain ...
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Is the Body without Organs a phase space? Or an image of the actual body?

Reading Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus, I am unclear on the nature of the Body without Organs. Most literature seems to describe this body as a phase space in the mathematical sense of the term, ...
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Does anxiety contradict trust?

First of all, how can we even define trust? The most common definition, I guess, is being sure that a person or idea will never fail us. But being sure doesn't really allow for anxiety. And here, my ...
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Does self-awareness have a time span?

I recall as a young child that I didn't quite recognize that the "me" of tomorrow and the "me" of yesterday was quite the same as myself today. Once a punishment for a misdeed got delayed until ...
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Are materialism and methodological individualism compatible?

One of the fundamental principles of the Austrian school of economics, particularly the kind promoted by Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard, is methodological individualism, according to which the ...
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Do experiences need to be “real” to be worthwhile or desireable?

This is an offshoot of another discussion: Can "expected future happiness" be quantified, or at least ranked among alternative futures?, where both respondents brought up the concept of the ...
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Quantum Psychology and Law of Attraction [closed]

This caught my attention So I am reading "The beginners guide to Quantum Psychology" by Stephen.H Wolinsky and he talks about different dimensions and how you can not mix two different dimensions. His ...
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Is our tolerance for pain subjective or objective?

Imagine you are part of a competition where you put your hand in a pot of water and it is heated. Your pain threshold is quantified as the temperature (T) where you withdraw your hand. The person with ...
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Can “expected future happiness” be quantified, or at least ranked among alternative futures?

Question prompted by Sam Harris' "The Moral Landscape", where he argues that "well being" can serve as an objective measure for ethics. If we define "well-being" as the expected value of future ...
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Are there laws which govern minds?

After much discussion of my question, How could 'objective morality' be known/investigated?, I've come to think that two earlier questions must first be asked: Are there laws which govern how any ...
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What arguments have there been on the relative merits of praxeology vs rationality?

Suppose you know what someone's goals are, and how much they value each of their goals. Then if you observe their behavior in a given situation, how can you understand why they acted the way they ...
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What's the value in being “fashionable”? [closed]

I find concept of something being "fashionable" quite puzzling. Why many people feel obliged to wear "fashionable clothes"? They don't wear it because of aesthetic value - or do they? If something was ...
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What is the difference between desire and motivation?

The words 'desire' and 'motivation' often appear in different kind of sentences for (what I assume is) grammatical reasons, but I have a really hard time separating them as concepts. When we talk ...
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Philosophical school of thought that negative experiece levels are set for an individual?

Is there a philosophical school of thought that states (to some effect) the level of negative experience for each individual is set throughout a persons life time, regardless of the change in life ...
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Would a God-like being have any purpose? [closed]

If an entity with knowledge and power that approached infinite existed, what would they live for? What purpose could they satisfy to exist? If such an entity existed, would the universe not bore ...
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Why are humans risk-averse? [closed]

The economic theory and much of the decision theory are based on the assumption that we are risk-averse creatures; in the sense that we are more sensitive to bad outcomes than the good ones and so ...
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Difference between subject and individual by Marx

I would like to know the difference of the concepts of subject and individual philosophically speaking, I'm studying subjectivity theory in Marx and I have doubts about the difference between these ...
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Which philosophers talk about social power structures?

Can anyone recommend philosophers that are concerned with what structures power relationships in society, particularly in workplaces? I know that Foucault's work was concerned with this in ...
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Are we actually in control of what we want?

Are we really in control of what we want? What might be the most significant philosophical theories or works discussing this problem?
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How to answer this interview question [closed]

My friend is an artist and she has to answer this question but is not sure of the meaning. What does it mean, do you think? I find you to be incredibly productive and driven, as someone who as Rilke ...
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Relation between intelligence and the ability to experience [closed]

Is the brilliance of a person and his/her ability to experience/enjoy the moment (time and place) related? For example: Would people with very high scores in SAT, GMAT, CAT etc. be able to ...
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What is Suicide to the Unconscious?

Sigmeund Freud beckoned the importance of the civilized man's unconscious incapability of acknowledging death. We cannot, indeed, imagine our own death; whenever we try to do so we find that we ...
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Do different branches of philosophy correlate with different dispositions to psychological attitudes? [closed]

Speaking anecdotally, it's been my experience that logicians have the best senses of humor, metaphysicians tend to a little pomposity and lot of wine, philosophy-of-language types are a little ...
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How to open a closed mind that refers to scientific, logical reasoning as conspiracy theorizing? [closed]

I know someone who swears that (his preferred) academics and the people at Popular Mechanics are more credible than "conspiracy theorists", which is to say anyone who says something he doesn't like. ...
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How does Foucault argue that 'scientia sexualis' is utilised to support state racism?

In his History of Sexuality, Part III: Scientia Sexualis Foucault explores the development of the scientific study of sex, the attempt to unearth the "truth" of sex, a phenomenon which he argues is ...
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Why does everyone think that it was better “in the good old days”? [closed]

Everyone seems to think that everything was better back when they were doing it, and now everything is much worse. It's mostly not true, when it comes down to facts, yet people never say that things ...
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The problem is choice, (paradox) Or is enhancing choice the solution to increasing free will [closed]

While reading Incognito by David Eagleman, there was a chapter about justice and the neural plasticity of the brain. The ability (or in some cases inability) to regulate "moral" functioning. The legal ...
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Why do scientists get bent out of shape when mystical interpretations of physics are brought up? [closed]

Science typically refers people to Philosophy when such subjects are brought up. But yet they know that there are profound metaphysical implications of the physics of the last century, and since the ...
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Is the opponent process theory of emotion an example of Hegelian synthesis?

http://gettingstronger.org/2010/05/opponent-process-theory/ One basic tenet of the opponent process theory is that there is a gradual unbalancing of the relation between an emotion and its own ...
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Why do we naturally regard the unfamiliar as ridiculous?

(Since there is no Psychology.SE, Ph.SE seemed like the best place to ask this question.) I have noticed that when a person is presented with an unfamiliar idea, the default reaction is often to ...
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Cognitive science/brain sciences and their impact on philosophy of mathematics

How does/did cognitive science influence philosophy of mathematics? I saw somewhere (Wikipedia, "Cognitive science") that it helped to create new perspective on philosophy of mathematics, but it did ...
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Rationality of Suicide?

I came across a story about a kid who committed suicide after carefully calculating the benefits of life and deciding it was not worth living. I am wondering if any philosopher has considered the ...
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Should philosophers care about the existence of emotions?

Cody Gray recently asked "Why should philosophers feel any different about the existence of emotions than they do about the color of the sky?" as a rhetoric question. But both physics and psychology ...
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What is Hofstadter's ontology for symbols?

I really liked GEB a few years ago, and have been following up with "I am a Strange Loop" recently. In the book, Douglas Hofstadter tries to better explain his concept of symbols and in particular the ...
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What is morally wrong about altering someone's behavior using psychological conditioning techniques?

I am reading the novel A Clockwork Orange. The priest is very angry at the behavior-altering technique being used on criminals to make them "good" and feels as though it is not right to take away free ...
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Altruistic acts lead to an erosion of motivation. A word to describe this?

Is there perhaps a word or phrase that describes negative selfless behavior? Generic Behavior: If a person looks after the needs of others to such an extent that their own needs are not met ...
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The eternal return, as thought experiment: what are the consequences?

Nietsche, as others before and after him (its roots, I am told, are in the West Asian tradition) , espoused the idea of an ever repeating clockwork universe, in which all lives are led over and over; ...
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What is the Special Flower problem? [closed]

I feel like this came to me in a dream, but I remember reading something about something called the Special Flower Paradox, where everyone thinks that since they are subtly subverting from the norm ...