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Does the doomsday argument assume that you will be born?

If with every birth there is some chance c that I specifically will be born, then the number of total people born (N) does not effect the odds that I will be in the first 100 billion people. My odds ...
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Is the doomsday argument flawed?

Through the doomsday argument people try to calculate the number of humans that will ever live based only on the number of humans that have lived until now. To me this arguments seems very flawed, but ...
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Multiverse and the anthropic principle?

In this paper (https://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0211048) by physicist Andrei Linde, the multiverse concept, the anthropic principle, quantum cosmology and inflationary cosmology are discussed. In the ...
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What is the distinction between “experimental philosophy” and Anthropology?

My first thought is simply 'time frame', but then Anthropology isn't exactly bound to the past... A second look makes me wonder if "experimental philosophy" is not simply some area of overlap between ...
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Why do tribe members cover their private parts [closed]

I find it perfectly logical, that the humans felt cold and began to wear clothes. However, In many tribes in Africa, South America and Asia, where the traditional clothing is a Loincloth only, which ...
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Psychoanalytic anthropology

How did Freud explain the phylogenesis of mankind? I am having a hard time understanding the perpetual cycle that he speaks of. On my most likely faulty interpretation, the most dominant male ...
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Are children naturally religious or is it inherited? [closed]

It seems to me that religion and a belief in God is merely a cultural artefact inherited from those around us. If no one on Earth was religious, would our children seek out some sort of belief in a ...
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Has anything been written to add to Taussig's work on shamanism?

Taussig is a contemporary anthropologist, who has worked on 'shamanism'. Apparently. He seeks to do away with the idea of the shaman as someone who has been individualised through unity of self and ...
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Definition of social personality from Dennett still working with digital Identities?

I am not sure how familiar you are with the definition of social personality from Dennett. It consits of 6 steps, like you can read here. (1) persons are rational. (2) they are the subjects of ...
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Has there been an 'anthropological' study of the Christian Theology? [closed]

In Catholicism, as an outsider, as such one is immediately struck by the notion of the Trinity - the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, Mary the Mother of God and the immense overflowing panoply of ...
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Are humans artifacts?

In the beginning of the SEP article on artifacts, the following is said straight away: An artifact may be defined as an object that has been intentionally made or produced for a certain purpose. ...