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Why is Moore's law called a law, is there a more accurate description of what it is?

Read through the whole article on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore%27s_law), but I can't find anything about why it was called a law when it is described as a prediction or an ...
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Philosophical term for focusing on minute details

If you put a piece of human tissue under an electron microscope, one could argue that you're no longer looking at a human. You're looking at something that makes up a human, but a single oxygen ...
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What do they call philosophers in China?

The English word "philosopher" comes from the Greek, and literally means "lover of wisdom." But what is the literal translation of the analogous term in Chinese? (There's more to this question than ...
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What is the name for half-baked understanding of philosophies?

I think many people who subscribe to Taoism pushing the idea to extremes, like thinking that only feeling is correct (in the name of the Tao cannot be spoken), or researching is useless (in the name ...
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Term for Fear of the Unknown

Is there a philosophical term for fear of the unknown, other than xenophobia? If such a term doesn't exist, can you think of a philosopher who discussed the phenomenon? EDIT I should probably ...
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Square of Opposition with percentages?

What happens if you replace the statements of the Traditional Square of Opposition with "percentages of the subject term"? Do all the relationships from the Traditional Square of Opposition still ...
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Term for Deceptive Logic

Whenever media headlines announce a major unexpected snowfall, many people exclaim, "Aha, global warming is a hoax!" Their logic is simple: Snow requires cold weather, therefore, record snowfall must ...
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Can morals be metaphysical?

I just learned about Immanuel Kant's book The Metaphysics of Morals. I thought metaphysics and morals (ethics) were two separate branches of philosophy. Is this just a catchy title that shouldn't be ...
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Logical Fallacy? “You drive, therefore you use fossil fuels” [duplicate]

What kind of logical fallacy is this, if any? A person (Mr. A) complains about climate change. A critic (Mr. B) replies, "You own a car, so you can't complain." Mr. B's argument is that anyone who ...
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Philosophy vs Corporate Personhood

Corporate personhood is the notion that corporations have at least some of the legal rights and responsibilities as people. I'm curious to know what philosophers have said about corporate personhood, ...
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Conspiracy Theory Fallacy?

This is Wikipedia's definition of conspiracy theory: A conspiracy theory is an explanation of an event or situation that invokes an unwarranted conspiracy generally one involving an illegal or ...
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How does Karl Jaspers's term 'metaphysical guilt' relate to 'metaphysics'?

The following interpretations of 'metaphysical guilt', don't explain how 'metaphysical' in 'metaphysical guilt' connects with the meaning of 'metaphysics' as the fundamental nature of reality. Source:...
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Jean-Paul Sartre on Che Guevara

Jean-Paul Sartre described the Latin revolutionary Che Guevara as "the most complete human being of our age." What did "complete" mean in Sartre's philosophical belief system? Or was he simply ...
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The Ethics of Non-forgiving [closed]

EDIT Read the last paragraph of my original question. I clearly stated that I have a "personal philosophy" regarding this question and clearly asked how it fits in with established philosophy. In ...
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Term for Evil Magnified (e.g. Organized Crime)

Most people would characterize a person who steals $100 from another person as bad or evil. That person might be expected to pay a $200 fine and maybe spend a day in jail. But imagine an organized ...