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Is the age of Tristan Kurilla (10 year old charged with homicide) relevant to his trial

One of the top news stories today is that of Tristan Kurilla, a fifth-grader from Pennsylvania, who is being charged with criminal homicide after beating a woman to death. Kurilla is currently being ...
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Are we born critically synthesising concepts?

Following this question asking about whether we are born 'critically thinking'; which suggested this question asking whether we are born with Kants categories. Expanding further on the original ...
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Are we born with Kantian Categories?

Following this question; given that Kantian Categories are required to sythesise Concepts and for the conditions of experience; does this mean that we are born with them?
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What is it like to be happy?

I accept that pain is a quale, or qualia. But does anyone suggest that happiness and sadness, aren't - that someone who has never been happy doesn't learn what happiness is by being happy, that we ...
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Who is the Big Other, and is there a little Other?

Zizek often draws on Lacan term the Big Other; what is this and what does it mean? One supposes that there may also then be a little other - is this right? What would be sensible examples of either ...
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Should scientific realists reject knowledge obtained by psychology?

Psychology wields a fair amount of power in our society - criminals are sentenced or released based on the evidence of psychologists. Employers often rely on psychological tests to determine whether ...
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Is the belief “I have Impostor Syndrome” paradoxical? [closed]

Is is possible to ever say "I have an Impostor syndrome" and be right? From wikipedia: those with the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. ...
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What is the meaning of “meaning of life” and why do people seek it?

One of the oldest questions is "What is the meaning of life?". But what does the concept of "meaning of life" actually mean? What does it mean for something to be the "meaning of life"? And why is it ...
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Fear of failure

Most of us may have witnessed times where the fear of failure is used as an effective tool to bring out the best or to make people perform. On the other hand, performing under constant fear may result ...
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Can psychological factors be evaluated in the realm of philosophy without going too abroad?

No discipline can be entirely independent, however, to some degree, it must or else we would otherwise confuse all the different studies together. The separation in different studies kind of organize ...
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is the answer contained in the question when it is well formulated? [closed]

we expect others especially authorities to give us answers. can anyone have answers to our own questions except oureselves when letting the question being unconsciously processed and give space for ...
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Can we see our future? [closed]

Sometime I feel like these incident or moments I had spent before. When I visit new places which I never visited then also I feel like I had visited it before. I might have seen these things in my ...
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How many mirrors must a man look in before he becomes a man?

In Lacanian theory, the mirror stage first becomes effective when the infant ego is confronted with the possibility of another ego - an other - usually taken as the gaze of the mother; but this is but ...
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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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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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Feynman and scientific method

In Richard Feynman's classic Cargo Cult Science speech. He talks about a type of scientific error made, where a person takes a previous experimental result for granted when designing an experiment. ...
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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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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 ...