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What explains the observation that grocery store check-out lines are oscillatory?

If we make the slightly controversial (read: probably not entirely true) assumption that people arrive at cash registers independently of each other, with no statistical correlation or synchronization ...
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Why are Dan Dennett and his heterophenomenonology largely ignored by the Wikipedia and Stanford articles on phenomenology?

There is absolutely nothing which necessitates that Wikipedia articles are accurate, let alone balanced and/or comprehensive. It is a site that relies upon user input and moderator checks which the ...
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Why are Dan Dennett and his heterophenomenonology largely ignored by the Wikipedia and Stanford articles on phenomenology?

I'm just going to affirm what's in the comments. Neither the IEP's article on Phenomenology nor the SEP's article on Phenomenology contain references to Dennett at all, and the reason is simple. ...
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How to not fear the supernatural?

Considering you are aware you need professional help, please take this speculation with a skeptical and critical mind. In order for this question to belong to this Philosophy group, I would formulate ...
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How to not fear the supernatural?

Cognitive bias Recognising our cognitive biases can help us deal with fears of things that don't seem to exist. A bias towards unjustified fear helped us in ancient times, so evolution selected for ...
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Can behaviourism account for qualia?

It seems answer is no. In fact, qualia is one of argument against Behaviourism. For example, some zoombie can behaves exactly as Praying to God and chanting God's name but without any 'feelings' of ...
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What explains the observation that grocery store check-out lines are oscillatory?

I'll take a shot at this. A, Multiples of 2: 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, ... B, Multiples of 3: 0,.,3,...,6.....9......12,...,15,...,18 ... C, Multiples of 4: 0,....,4,.....8,........12,......,...
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How to not fear the supernatural?

Here is how I see it. When life delivers a punch, for whatever reason, or probably just by accident, we might develop this idea of the world being a dangerous place, populated by people who don't care,...
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How to not fear the supernatural?

Having not experienced PTSD myself, nor worked with people afflicted by it, nor suffered religion of any kind, I can still offer this attempt: In my personal experience, based on being somewhat past ...
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Logical behaviorism vs Functionalism

Short Answer Both behaviorism and functionalism are related to the philosophy of mind, but they do so in slightly different ways. Functionalism is an idea about the relationship between material ...
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Is Group Suffering Worse than Individual Suffering?

Well, say that at first the warden has 1 prisoner that he tortures. Then he is given the choice to acquire a second prisoner to also torture. Are you indifferent as to whether he acquires and ...
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Meaning of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s Philosophy

There are certainly Russian philosophies which have little made it to the West, for instance the sobornost, and cosmists like Fyodorov. There's no evidence I think of direct influence. An indisputable ...
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How to not fear the supernatural?

This is philosophical only at the very beginning, and not new to you: You know it and I know it — there is no such deity. It is only in your head. The remainder of this post is advice following from ...
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How to not fear the supernatural?

OMG (pun fully intended) aren't the ancient religions good at doing this to you? I have no more wisdom than the next guy but do consider these few things that have helped me, I also suffer PTSD and ...
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How to not fear the supernatural?

The Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Hindu text, offers insights that might help in addressing this situation. While it doesn't directly address post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or scrupulosity, it ...
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How to not fear the supernatural?

I am a bit psychotic (and a bit autistic), and I have at periods suffered from severe panic attacks: not a rational fear, whence rationalization can't help, it was/is a purely visceral thing. Namely, ...
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Anthropomorphism and AI

We don't have anything like a definitive answer. In one camp you have Google Engineer Claims AI Chatbot Is Sentient. On the other, some claim that due to qualia or embodied cognition AGI will not be ...
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Anthropomorphism and AI

Updated Answer On this very subject I found a 19-page paper published by the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI). Artificial General Intelligence and the Human Mental Model, Roman V. ...
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Giving up or Moving on. What's the Difference?

This is more of a "personal philosophy" question than psychology, so this is a good place to ask it. But what you decide inevitably has an effect on you psychologically. Wisdom is to choose ...
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Is Group Suffering Worse than Individual Suffering?

If everyone is equal, it is worse to torture 1000. If one person however is worth 1001 units of value, relative to the others, then it is worse to torture the one individual.
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Is Group Suffering Worse than Individual Suffering?

Welcome, Futilitarian. Your question sets a poser but I will try to formulate a response. To fix ideas, I assume that torture is (1) the deliberate infliction of physical pain or psychological ...
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