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Why do we value confidence so highly, or at all?

In most Western societies confidence is highly valued as an aspect of someone's personality, and yet it doesn't necessarily indicate anything about that person, their abilities, their personality, ...
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Is it ethical to clear and clean the home of an extreme hoarder against his will?

Is it ethical to clear and clean the home of an extreme hoarder against his will? He's an old man, ill in hospital, and badly injured by the part-collapse of his home. He has also been neglecting ...
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Can philosophy overcome “the two cultures” divide?

Snow noted a growing divide between "the two cultures" in Western society, scientists and "literary intellectuals", who became increasingly self-absorbed and incomprehensible to each other. One of ...
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Logic - 3 Cannibals Riddle Reduced to 2 Steps

From reddit Cannibals ambush a safari in the jungle and capture three men. The cannibals give the men a single chance to escape uneaten. The captives are lined up in order of height, and are tied to ...
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Are evolutionary characteristics impeding progression?

By definition, to be innovative, one must conceive a notion that while valuable and progressive, is unheard of and likely somewhat incomprehensible by the masses. In order to realise a concept, it is ...
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Could philosophy still work as well or better as multiple isolated, clearly delineated deduction systems?

I presume that philosophy could not work as well or better as such, or it would be going on already. But why couldn't it? I'm sure there are good reasons I can't think of. But those not in the ...
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We are all unique…? [closed]

This is a somewhat silly observation, but in so far as we are all taking random walks through life, I noticed that the mathematical probability of reaching any given point in multidimensional space ...
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Are Societies as an Individual Entity, Aware?

I started this business law class as well as a Science and Technology class that sought to teach the history of technology, and I was thinking about my research on AI and classes that teach about ...
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Is Marx's model of capitalist society no longer valid?

Given the evolution of the capitalistic society, to what degree is Marx's model of capitalist society no longer valid nowadays ? Are there any authors which discuss the contemporary validity of ...
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What are the differences betweeen post-apocalyptic and anarchical or dystopic? [closed]

When I get into the definitions for fictions like novels and movies, I've became a bit confused. For example, there are some post-apocalyptic fictions and when there is an authority in that fiction it ...
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How was arranging the trade of POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five detainees possible without “negotiating with terrorists”? [closed]

The United States of America has had a historical policy that they do not "negotiate with terrorists". How was brokering a trade of POWs between opposing sides of the War on Terror possible without ...
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If one is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond any reasonable doubt, why wrongful convictions are so common?

Is it because we don't get the actual meaning of "proven" so we implement the concept in a faulty way ? Is it because "reasonable" varies too much from person to person ? Is it because the ...
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Understanding of Pride

Thanks to watching a movie again, I want to understand the issue of pride which I see the most to cause issues with what happens in the end. Person 1's Pride says to betray the group and be labeled ...
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What will be the outcome of an open source project without the supervision of an expert group? [closed]

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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Can either individualism or diversity casuse a stall to progress in societies?

This question is assuming that such a thing as 'progress' exists, but let's assume for this instance that it does. It is encouraged in our society to embrace and adapt to individualism because doing ...
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When society has reached Marloes higher development would there be any religion is superstition?

There are some who say the need for belief in the unseen us but a grasp for stability. The real question is can man survive in the present and seen?
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Is a couple living in symbiosis?

I think the answer is yes. Since male and female can live on their own. But for the sake of reproduction and child rearing some form of symbiosis can develop.
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Who is inside and outside the bubble? [closed]

Are some people 'inside the bubble' ie. non thinking and sheep like and other people 'outside the bubble' with self awareness and well developed consciousness? If so is there a way of defining the ...
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Do you think morality and ethics are evolutionary or general disadvantages?

If there are two people, one who's behavior is confined by a strict moral code and another without any constraints are in a competitive situation where the possibility to cheat or otherwise utilize ...
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Why do we celebrate made up stuff?

Time goes in one direction. It doesn't make sense for one to say "3 years go on this day...". Its not the same day. Change has occurred. We, this world, everything we know is in a different state ...
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A noble man's dilemma

Tschung Yung says that: "The noble puts demands on himself; the common puts demands on others." How can the noble get the common to be noble? He can't, because putting the demand to be noble on ...
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Equality Awareness (for minorities, LGBT, women, etc.)

Recently there has been a facebook campaign to raise awareness of the struggle for LGBT equality, whereby facebook users change their profile pictures to an "equal" sign. This campaign seems to be ...
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What did Russell intend to achieve with “The Impact of Science on Society”?

I have been reading Russell's "The Impact of Science on Society" and I found it to be a very strange book. This book has become like a Bible to some conspiracy theorists, and I can see why. However, I ...
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Has there ever been a society without the assumption of free will?

Has there ever been a society that didn't assume that people have free will (and thus, not punished them [directly])? Could a society exist, that didn't take that assumption of free will?
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Weber and Marx - Modern Culture and Dominant Culture

Not sure if this is the right forum, but this seems to be the best fit. IF there is a better forum, please direct me. Marx and Weber are both concerned with the role of "culture" or "idea/ideology" ...
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Can society exist without hierarchy?

If we consider "a society" to be a group of individuals within the same species who cooperate for the benefit of the group as a whole, then it is reasonable to say that all human societies are ...
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Is contemporary advertising a form of Rhetorics?

The definition that Aristotle gives of Rhetoric makes me think that it could also include contemporary advertising. The definition of Rhetoric is the following: Rhetoric may be defined as the ...
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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 are the ethical considerations regarding cannibalism?

Cannibalism is generally frowned upon in most of today's societies1. On the other hand, it has happened quite a bit in times of difficulty, and famine aside it was simply common practice in some ...
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What are the major innovations in social contract theory did Rousseau make compared to that of Platos Crito?

In Platos dialogue Crito where Socrates is urged by Crito to flee before he is executed. Socrates refuses and outlines a theory of social contact between a citizen and the city. I had understood ...
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Has formalized philosophy become stagnant and obsolete? [duplicate]

The first philosophers had no sources and no vocabulary other than what their own powers of reason could muster. But the attitude many on this site seem to take regarding "philosophy" reminds me of ...
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What went wrong in the practise of Hinduism? [closed]

Remarks on the Caste System The caste system was first mentioned in Manu Smriti (and not Vedas). The ultimate objective was to construct an ideal society in which everyone is happy. The caste of a ...
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What is the purpose of culture? [closed]

Do we teach for any reason besides pleasure? Humans can focus their attention away from their present moment into the past and future. We develop a sense of identity. We can reflect back and learn ...
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Can we tell whether human groups or societies are behaving as superorganisms?

An anthill can be described as a superorganism, with behaviours and interactions much more complex than those of an individual ant. We could find analogies between the superorganism and other living ...
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Does the history of modern Europe bear out Rousseau' assertion that the rule of the many cannot follow that of the few?

Rousseau writes, in Book 3, section 10 of the Contract (The abuse of government and its propensity to degenerate): There are two general courses by which government degenerates: i.e., when it ...
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Do we have to know whether earth revolves around the sun or not? How does it effect our day-to-day life? [closed]

Does the revolution of the earth bother us in our day-to-day activities? If yes, how? If not, then why do we teach and study these thing? Isn't it right that we have to study only those things that ...
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How can a group report the same negative experience, relative to others of the same group?

If most people in population report the same negative experience relative to others - what is the source of that experience? For example, the majority of a student body reported feelings of exclusion ...
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Was the Republic a meritocracy?

One direct way of stating the heart of the question might be: is there sufficient textual evidence and support for the assertion that Plato's Republic contains meritocratic elements? A second and ...
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Alternative to Illegalisation

The problem of illegalisation is that crimes have to be controlled and prevented by the state (police) and this assignment can never be concluded (of course crime will still happen and not every ...
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Which writers might offer critical readings of Luhmann?

Niklas Luhmann introduces the so called Binary Code in his Systems Theory. Any system has its own binary code. For example, in science the code is "the truth vs. not the truth". Which writers might ...
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The position of “meaning derived from action”

What is the position called, where one judges a meaning or value of a concept by what can be done with it? For exmaple if one takes the position, that the question if there is free will or not is ...
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What is the difference between Functionalism and Structural-Functionalism?

I don't know if I should ask this here because the question is more like a sociology one. Anyway, I will give it a try, since most of the sociologists are also philosophers, so maybe I'll be lucky ...
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How to earn the title of Philosopher? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is everyone considered a “philosopher”? I commonly hear politicians say that they are philosophers. And a favorite degree offered by diploma mills is ...
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The death sentence, ethics and relativity [closed]

A very common question is, "should there be a death sentence?" I was brought up to defend the opinion that the government cannot do something that it itself considers illegal, unlawful and immoral. ...
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Is there such thing as enforced symbiosis?

Although this may seem as a trivial question (not a trivial answer) I think to fully understand the question takes some serious thinking. Here I don't mean symbiosis as just existing near each other, ...
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Is work neccessary to be happy?

I've been following some online discussions about the current economic situation. There are a number of solutions proposed to the economic malaise across much of the developed world, but one idea ...
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How does philosophy impact “real life”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How is philosophy useful? Examinging its practical and real-life impact and the benefits of getting a degree in philosophy Many people today are of the opinion that ...
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Arguments for/against tolerance against intolerance?

What arguments speak for/against tolerance towards intolerance? Can someone be called fully tolerant, if they don't tolerate intolerance? Hence, does tolerance exist in a pure form? On the other ...