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Is it possible for an individual to adopt a new better general epistemic system?

In an epistemic system, I refer to the rules one decides based on which propositions are true and which are false, either consciously or unconsciously. We all have a general one that we use for ...
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If some one believes that nothing really matters but he still seeks love [closed]

If someone believes that nothing really matters, but he still seeks love even though he thinks that even the love he seeks doesn't matter and doesn't have meaning, but he can not stop the urge of ...
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The fact/truth distinction and self-deception

One of the two main puzzles of self-deception, as reported in the SEP, is the static paradox ("How can one be in the state of self-deception?"): The dual-belief requirement raises the ...
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How can you think clearly and find what you really want?

Well, I want to told you a thought of mine. I did a thought experiment (last week) and imagined my self to go five years ago and be trapped into the past-self ,but keep in mind that my brain will ...
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Are there cases where psychology has offered successful scientific explanations for phenomena that neuroscience hasn't?

Firstly, is there a distinction between a psychological explanation and a neuroscientific one for the same phenomenon? Imagine if I posed a question to the entire field of psychology, seeking the best ...
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Is there any evidence that culture has gotten more “sensitive” or “politically correct”? [closed]

This question might be more suitable for History SE, I’m not sure. I have heard people pretty regularly claim that “nowadays” “political correctness” is more of a big thing - even that people are more ...
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Life: Pessimism vs optimism

I was reflecting a bit on the history of philosophy and religion and how they view human life. My question is the following: Why does it seem ( at least from my readings and knowledge, I might have ...
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How do we know we are all not 'crazy'? Is number and context the only thing that defines our indication/sense of 'normalcy'?

I stumble upon this question after reading this Wikipedia article, which I find very intriguing: The laughter epidemic began on days averaging around 7 days. After reading that article I went through ...
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Is psychology relevant to whether the fulfilment of an unlikely prediction is evidence that the predicter had some sort of foreknowledge?

When someone makes a prediction that is very unlikely to come true, then if the prediction is fulfilled then we generally have strong reason to think that he had some prior knowledge or information ...
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How to not fear the supernatural? [closed]

I have post-traumatic stress disorder. Like many so afflicted, I interpreted the trauma as a form of punishment. I’m not religious, but my mind spontaneously invented an idiosyncratic deity in the ...
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Is Psychology a Science? And the Testability Principle

I have a simple question, I'm sure you're all shall love it. Do you think psychology is a science or it's just some sort of pseudoscience base on the philosophy of science? Do you also think that the ...
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Is social constructionism a falsifiable theory of human nature?

According to Karl Popper, a theory must be falsifiable to be a scientific theory. How would a social scientist falsify the theory of social constructionism? I understand that there are many individual ...
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What would be the best textbook for a philosophy of mind intro course for psychology majors?

My area of expertise is logic and philosophical logic, but I'll be teaching an introductory course on the philosophy of mind to second semester psychology majors (taking cognitive science as a minor). ...
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Is psychological egoism, or some other descriptive theory about some inescapable pattern of human nature, compatible with normativity?

Can true normative statements exist if our behaviour is determined by some uncontrollable process? If we can only act in our self-interest, is the norm 'you ought not kill' reasonable to hold someone ...
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Is there a version of the divine-hiddenness problem based specifically on the cognitive side of schizophrenia treatment?

Although to my knowledge mystical psychosis "by itself" is not a DSM listing, it is similar to symptoms of schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, symptoms like delusions of reference and grandeur ...
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Do people in life, engage, in reward, competition [closed]

This post is perhaps better suited to the psychology stack exchange. It is about whether people in life engage in reward competition. That is, given, an amount of effort, to obtain something, can a ...
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Is life about effort and reward marathons? [closed]

This question is perhaps better suited to the statistics stack exchange. Or, even better, to the psychology stack exchange. It is about how many people, even across sexes and ages, engage in pleasure ...
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Higher education knowledge and high school knowledge and pleasure

This post wonders about the levels of pleasure that can be attained using high school only knowledge as compared to using higher education knowledge (assuming all pleasurable activities are related to ...
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Does Dissociative ego disorder challenge Descartes‘ „cogito-argument“?

In the 17th century Descartes set out for a new start in philosophy. Applying the method of systematic doubt he searched for a philosophical statement whose truth stands firm and cannot be questioned ...
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Scenario dissolution and cowardry

Suppose person A engages in not thinking anything concerning a given scenario (scenario C) by not thinking about the scenario (scenario C) Person B can read person A's mind and respond to their ...
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Must people be employed to have dignity and self-worth?

I have heard all my life about how people would not have self-worth without being employed, and they would become depressed or just do unhealthy things. I read a Sci-fi story about AI where ultimately,...
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Is imaginative resistance evidence against, or for, moral fictionalism?

There's an entry in the SEP called "Imaginative Resistance" which goes over an account of a problem with our ability to entertain moral counterfactuals: The phenomenon of “imaginative ...
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What was Neitzche calling "old frigid and tedious frogs"?

After the first paragraph of the first essay of On the Genealogy of Morals, Nietzsche discusses how English psychologists may be motivated to study the darker side of "our inner world". Then ...
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In moral-psychology terms, is it in vain, if not downright counterproductive, to compare inner moral issues to combat, esp. as per Kantian ethics?

Note: this question concerns the reason I started posting on this SE years ago, and has to do with my obsession with universal sets, anti-terms (antisets of late), the morality of punishment and ...
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Are there exceptionless psychological laws?

Are there exceptionless psychological laws, not probabilistic and/or not ceteris paribus? The idea that there are seems prima facie wrong and silly. Suppose that you are running a psychology ...
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Violence vs Sex: Why are we typically more comfortable with graphic violence than explicit sex in gaming, television and film? [closed]

There is an apparent correlation between exposure to violence via the media and gaming, and anxiety, fear, aggression and desensitisation to violence. My observations may be biased or unusual, but it ...
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Subjectivity and ethics surrounding mental illness diagnoses

I learnt the term 'anosognosia'; a 'lack of insight' into one's mental disorder. People who apparently 'suffer' from anosognosia are oblivious to the fact that they have a mental disorder, anosognosia ...
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What is the difference between an egoist and a high-functioning psychopath?

Egoism is the philosophy that it is moral to act in one's own self-interest. Egoists who follow this therefore go throughout their life practicing this philosophy, just like all other people who hold ...
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Does mental illness imply that a person's philosophy is invalid?

I noticed that in society, people use mental illness labels such as "psychopath", "autist", "narcissist" or "schizo" to dehumanize individuals and invalidate ...
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Are the psychological and sociological dimensions of philosophy philosophical matters?

Much to the horror of certain philosophers of science particularly those who clung to the logical positivists' notion that science was universally objective, Thomas Kuhn proposed that the politics of ...
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Dawkins on God: What are the strongest counters to his argument?

But the candidate solutions to the riddle of improbability are not, as is falsely implied, design and chance. They are design and natural selection. Chance is not a solution, given the high levels of ...
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Should one abstain from a behaviour because they know why they engage in it?

I'm 16, I don't study psychology in college, only biology, chemistry, physics and maths, but I find evolutionary psychology incredibly interesting, because it's the only psychological theory that ...
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How to act smartly so that people don't take you for granted? [closed]

In our daily life, we meet some people & friends who will make you part of their tough times (share about tough days/Seek support and help) but They don't make you part of his/her happy times (...
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How can one know if he/she is justified in believing X if it is not intuitive?

How intuitive a statement is is not generally taken as evidence to the truth of a statement. After all, it's a psychological state, and it makes no sense for a psychological state to influence the ...
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Can we assign probabilities to God and is the argument from improbability from Dawkins valid?

Dawkins essentially argues that if one observes some event that seems to be designed because it seems very improbable to have occurred, positing God as a hypothesis doesn't make sense, since God is ...
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Giving up or Moving on. What's the Difference?

I was struggling to decide whether to put this here or under Psychology, but here we are. Usually when people face circumstances that are hard enough to be handled at a given moment of time. From ...
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In the nature-nurture war, what wins? Nature or nurture? [closed]

We focus on not only nature, the genetic factors of behavior, but also nurture, the environmental factors of behavior. But how can environmental factors be separate from genetic factors? Don't genetic ...
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Could neurodiversity factors affect individuals' ability to understand various specific abstract concepts?

Wittgenstein was a philosopher who arrived at several insightful questions (e.g. the private-language problem) but seemed to range from clueless to superstitious about transfinite set theory. Non-...
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Why is psychology a parallel to natural science?

This is from Husserl's Phenomenology which he wrote for the Encyclopedia Britannica: It is by no means clear from the very outset, however, how far the idea of a pure psychology -as a psychological ...
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"You never know until you try"?

Is it not possible to know our preferences for sure until we try? Do we have to try eating things to know whether or not we actually dislike the foods? Where does this saying stop? Do we have to try e....
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A question on Husserl and animals in relation to psychology

This is from Husserl's Phenomenology which he wrote for the Encyclopedia Britannica: The scientific investigation of the bodies of animals fits within this area. By contrast, however, if the psychic ...
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Why is this a reformational claim?

This is from Husserl's Phenomenology, an article he wrote for the Encyclopedia Britannica: Together with this philosophical phenomenology, but not yet separated from it, however, there also came into ...
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Are 'fearless' people a threat to society?

In childhood we are all told legends and myths about different heroes. Most of the time they are portrayed as fearless characters who doesn’t fear anything and sacrifice themselves for their people ...
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Pretending toward a cause to stave off genuine uptake

I’ve been trying to determine if there’s an actual name or phrase for such a concept. Or if there are any examples in history or literature that actually describe or make use of this concept. ...
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If immoral things shouldn't be done, how come people feel good committing them?

"The forbidden fruit is the sweetest". When we teach someone that something is immoral, the immoral thing becomes appealing to them. People want the things they can't have, so what's the ...
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What Does Zizek Mean by Post-Oedipal capitalism?

Zizek says Post-Oedipal capitalism is the dominant system today, and this is in reference to Deleuze and Guattari's work and issue against Freud. From WP: Deleuze and Guattari analyze desire and ...
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Does instrumental corruption constitute extra-will multi-agency?

Through my previous question on ideology and instinct, a more fundamental query was encountered. In both individual and collective minds, semantic decay can result in mental threads out of alignment ...
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Is ideological dogma an example of exogenous instinct?

By my current understanding: Individual instinct is instantiated primarily by lower brain systems, which provide motivations of attraction and repulsion toward particular internal and external objects ...
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Reference for a particular anecdote about the cultural basis of the ethics of homicide

I originally posted this on psychology SE but received no response, so I am cross-posting here. It seems appropriate for philosophy SE because the cultural dependence of ethics is generally a subject ...
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Who was the first philosopher who explicitly connected belief with habit formation?

Aristotle speaks about habit but I can't find anywere in his works any explicit connection of habit with belief. Is there any subsequent philosopher who explicitly connected belief with habit ...
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