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What does philosophy exactly do? [closed]

I need your help understanding philosophy. For some reason, I'm not understanding the objective of this subject. Frankly, I only had 1 semester of philosophy so maybe it isn't enough to really ...
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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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Should all religions and science simply be called philosophies? [closed]

It could be argued that there are three great competing philosophies in the world right now. Democracy, Communism and Islam. Now because one of these philosophies also includes the presumption of a ...
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Can you teach something you don't know? [closed]

Is it possible to teach something you don't know?
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Does Science has any evidence to prove that ghosts don't exist?

Definition 1: Ghosts are the "creatures" which might be made of particles as we are, but unseen. Premise 1: We are made of particles or atoms which enable us to think and make us what we are (human ...
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Has the necessary philosophical work been done to ground Psychology as a legitimate science? [closed]

It seems that at the heart of modern Psychology there are certain assumptions about the uniformity of human behavior, structures within the mind and the existence of "mental illness" that would ...
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Paradox of the extend of space [closed]

We are in a house, the house is in the earth, the earth is in space, so what is space in? In something bigger? Then what is it in? It can go on like this right....? What is the truth?
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What would Popper say about Kuhn’s notion that Normal Science is a good thing [closed]

Have read the book and still unable to finalize the answer
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Could there occur a programming/scripting/coding “singularity” [closed]

Futurists, technologists and pseudo scientists alike have used the buzzword "singularity" to describe the idea that: some day technology and humans will merge, and/or that the various sciences (...
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Does Proving god scientifically implies that he is unfair? [closed]

EDIT : So I think my question was not well understood by many members here.I am not trying to make an argument, I am proposing the question "What if atheists requirements to believe were all true ?" . ...
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Is all we need to know really already known? [closed]

As the modern science progresses, we find more and more things which match those written in ancient texts. For example the orbits of various planets were accurately known 100s of years before they ...
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Can shapes be relative from different perspectives? [closed]

Can a material thing (being) have different shapes at the same time? I mean, can the sun be circular and quadratic at the same time? And can it be just as material. To simplify the question. Can a ...
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Explain Henri Bergson's stance on Time and Space?

I understand that he was, in general, a positivist or realist thinker; however, I am confused when he begins to talk about time existing as two points (A and B) and its differences from a determinist'...
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Is the universe rational? [closed]

Physics relies on the fundamental postulate that the universe follows certain laws which, because they are laws, are rational. It remains to find out exactly what those laws are. If one could find out ...
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Philosophy - Is Nietzsche's Eternal Return theory true?

Is Nietzsche's Eternal Return theory true? I am extremely worried that it is because of the very likely fact that Einstein's Block Universe theory is true, and what renders Einstein's Block Universe ...
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How does the idea of “biological imperative” relate to species and members of species?

I suspect a biological imperative describes something that every member of a species has to do or have to survive to keep the species going. If we talk about a biological imperative with respect to ...
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Faith in science [duplicate]

Is faith in science comparable to religious faith? Scientists aren't dogmatic in the sense that they review their theories whenever they are contradicted by new experiments, but still, they have faith ...
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the self as agency is a brain function or a kind of solid entity, a soul? [duplicate]

Blockquote Sense of agency From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The "sense of agency" (SA) refers to the subjective awareness that one is initiating, executing, and controlling one's own volitional ...
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Why the truth is always on the opposite direction?

When I made a mistake, it was always the case that I was totally wrong, not a little bit wrong. Say any idea is a vector which has direction and pointing to a result; what I mean is that the truth ...
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Are there counterarguments to chaos theory? [closed]

I understand that chaos theory states that any small event or choice determines the next set of events or actions. What, if any, are the counterarguments given regarding the validity of chaos theory?...
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Is the science Physics allowed to ignore the rules of Philosophy of Science resp. the Scientific Method [closed]

The Scientific Method in Science determines that premises, on which a theory is based, must be experimental verified, when possible. It is however possible that theories of the past are based on ...
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What caused the cause (to the power of eternity) [closed]

Modern science says that a cause causes another cause. i.e. the big bang was a cause which eventually caused everything we see today. So what caused the big bang? Apparently multi-verses colliding? ...
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What do you think? A blogger's thought and Mine : Falsifying Test [closed]

When I was googling with word "Marx, Wittegenstein", I encountered an very interesting site. The site owner ( the blogger ) asks, "Popper is not conducting his own theory, Falsifying test. Is it not ...
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Could some of our conceptions about the physical universe be wrong? [closed]

I managed to create cold fission by placing a carbon crucible into a polysyrene cut out, put a few small sticks of glow stick stuff from the dollar store, put the lid on and generated a 5 meter field ...
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If there is anything that could behave like a god, is it then a real god? [closed]

Let's assume that the our universe's physics allows time travel. This is my main assumption! Let's further assume that there is an quite intelligent, invulnerable being, that found a way to achieve ...
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Is postmodernism pro or against abrahamic religion? [closed]

Sorry for the long text, but I need to explain my thoughts well. When it is said that postmodernism gives equal space to all forms of thought, many people think it means they are giving space to non-...
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Can we measure the effort to create a mathematical theory in terms of energy?

Sir Karl Popper says that products of our mind, like speech, music, math,... are things on their own. We create them. We put effort in them. I wonder where the difference of creating these things, is ...
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Life is illogical [closed]

The only porpose of life that I see is to feel good. Some try to achieve it by earning money, some try to achieve it by earning fame and respect, and there are still others who try to achieve it by ...
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Can the height in another dimension look different from different dimensions? [closed]

Can the height in another dimension look different from different dimensions that we know? For example, can the width looks different than we see it?
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What makes a great scientific question for and/or against a stupid idea?

While I am taking a walk I have come up with quotes, questions and philosophy to motivate and route myself. I recently discovered/invented a new quote which really can have multiple meaning to it (...
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Can philosophy assist in closing the gap between what we percieve to be real and what our science demonstrates to be the actual reality. [closed]

If we look at the concept of reality from the broadest perspective and use motion as our frame of reference one thing jumps out at us very soon thereafter. We exist on a planet that is rotating wobbly ...
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Can planets be subject to entanglement? [closed]

Proven in Quantum Physics when two particles become entangled, the spin of one directly correlates with the spin of the other. Is this possible on a larger scale with the spin of planets? Could ...
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Can a different universe be built with three dimensions? [closed]

Can you theoretically create a universe that will have the same dimensions but will look different? For example, a paper that has a limit, or another similar dimension can it be different?
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Why or How? Which one do we prefer more in philosophy? [closed]

Why or How? Which one of them do we use in Philosophy to understand and describe the world around us? More simply, which one do we prefer more and why? In physics, more likely, we use HOW to know how ...
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Quantum entanglement and its implications for modern science [closed]

In light of the now undisputed existence of the phenomenon of quantum entanglement and it's implications, can any field of science (e.g. Neuroscience and, specifically, the study of consciousness) ...
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What is the absolute ultimate subject (like math, literature, etc)? [closed]

Seems like all subjects are branches of more general subject. Pretty much all sciences seem to find their roots in physics but physics is just math. There are many branches of math but still all just ...
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How to define a number [closed]

What is the positive real number (say less than one) that is not a rational nor an irrational number? I have encountered a mathematical problem that confused me about the definition of real numbers,...
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What is the universal constant? Does one exist? [closed]

Well, I can't believe nobody did anything with what I gave you. You make me sad. So I take answer away. you should have tried the solution to the universe was right there in front of your eyes. But it ...
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Are We Living in a Simulated Universe? [closed]

Isn't Quantization of Energy (or action) in Quantum Mechanics prove that our world is a Great Computer Simulation!? Are We Living in a Simulated Universe? just imagine the whole world is a great ...
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Can a person's 'sense of self' be transported across spacetime?

Let us assume that transportation of human beings (and other objects) is possible (maybe in the future), and we have the technology to do so. (Please don't debate the scientific plausibility of this.) ...
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existence of objects under the microscope [closed]

Can there be any difference between the existence of things we sense directly and things we sense using instruments like microscope? Along the same lines , is it possible that some objects around ...
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Human in Outer space [closed]

Is it true that human in outer space can't differ right side and left side? Around human no another solid. Thanks.
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Do the dimensions have an infinite number of combinations of the appearance? [closed]

Can a piece of paper in our universe have more depth. something that we can't see. something that's more material. something that's more material. something that's more material. something that's more ...
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If the universe is flat, how can the Earth be round? [closed]

Just another silly question that may deserve a wise answer.
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In a way, isn't everyone biased somehow? [closed]

You hear people say that you ought to see an "expert" to get unbiased viewpoints. Isn't that largely based on the assumption that experts are unbiased? Or is it believed that smarter people in, say, ...
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An article by Jacob Pandian [closed]

There is an article named "The Dangerous Quest for Cooperation Between Science and Religion" by Jacob Pandian. I could not find it online. The article is also in a book Science and religion: Are they ...
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How did Evolution create new information and the bio-diversity we see? [closed]

How does an unguided, unintelligent process, create the genetic information, or rather instruction, to create new kinds of species. The two main mechanisms of Evolution seem completely inadequate to ...
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Why is modern physics still connected to Western notions of time? [closed]

as Rasheedah Phillips says “Afrofuturism uses a completely different construct of time and engages a different notion of time consciousness and notion of the future than does the European brand of ...
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Absolutely Unsolvable [closed]

They say the universe begun with a big bang. Perhaps, perhaps it was more like a ghost that kept on growing larger. But no matter how it started.. there is this law that says.. it is finite this ...