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For someone who studies Daoism, how would they make another Daoist see that they are in fact following the Dao?

For your first question, it seems like you're still trying to codify, standardize or otherwise pin down the process of achieving the Dao, which is against the spirit of the sources you're quoting. ...
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Can anyone translate this paragraph from Joseph Glanvill's "The Vanity of Dogmatizing" into simple English?

But how is it, and by what art, that the soul reads that such and such images signify such and such objects? Did we learn such an Alphabet in embryonic state? Then how is it that we are not aware of ...
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Researchers describe emotions as either “positive” or “negative”. But can emotions be “right” or “wrong”?

As a mere psychological occurrence, an emotion cannot be right or wrong. Hume caught this point when he observed that as 'original existences', mere psychological states or happenings, emotions (or '...
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The Farmer narration by Alan Watts

It's quite the other way round. Our habitual reactions are mechanical ie "robotic" and contribute a background din which actually dilutes and degrades the freshness of the experience I take the ...
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What is the name of the phenomenon that a thing must be named in order to understand it?

Linguistic relativity Popular known as the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis. It has two versions: The strong version says that language determines thought and that linguistic categories limit and determine ...
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Does following logic necessarily require one to conclude that they are objective and have no bias?

If we interpret 'following logic' in the mathematical sense, i.e reasoning correctly step-by-step beginning with axioms and arriving at conclusions, then it is still possible to be biased: The bias ...
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Does following logic necessarily require one to conclude that they are objective and have no bias?

If we look at the title of the question, which is a surprisingly accurate summary of the body: Does following logic necessarily require one to conclude that they are objective and have no bias? we ...
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Just how seriously is virtue ethics under attack by moral psychology?

The reason that Virtue Ethicists do not consider the experimental results to be refutations is because they do not actually test virtue ethics. Virtue ethics does not predict that virtuous people ...
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Just how seriously is virtue ethics under attack by moral psychology?

It is a sensible point to argue that valid moral theorizing is constrained by empirical findings, though to what extent I do not know. Surely normative claims hold against empirical shortcomings, but ...
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Does the ineffability of the Dao contradict wuwei?

According to Wikipedia: In classical logic, a contradiction consists of a logical incompatibility between two or more propositions. Also according to Wikipedia, tacit knowledge does not involve ...
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Contradictions with Physical Needs within Plato's Tripartite Theory of the Soul? (Reason Rules?)

Reason is, very roughly, concerned with the search for knowledge, mainly intellectual knowledge in reason's most developed stages. Emotion is aligned to reason as when, for example, we act against ...
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Researchers describe emotions as either “positive” or “negative”. But can emotions be “right” or “wrong”?

Short Answer But can emotions be “right” or “wrong”? Yes, depending on one's metaphysics. Long Answer In Catholic theology, the venial and mortal sins specifically list emotions that are both wrong ...
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What do philosophers mean when they say language has a psychological reality?

Devitt summarizes and defends his claims here. He makes the following distinctions: Distinguish the theory of a [linguistic] competence from the theory of its outputs/products or inputs. Distinguish ...
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What can be the cause for this mess I'm or the road to insanity I am on? Or is it that I am insane or with an unsound mind?

I am not a trained behavioral health practitioner, but from your description of your symptoms you could be in the early stages of schizophrenia. Philosophy cannot help you here; Futilitarian is right- ...
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What can be the cause for this mess I'm or the road to insanity I am on? Or is it that I am insane or with an unsound mind?

As counterintuitive as it may sound, both thoughts and actions are driven by emotions. Believing thoughts are the source of drive is a clear road to confusion and suffering. Moreover, most processing ...
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How is knowledge possible?

In the chess context it is instructive to read about the computational methods, especially weighted tree searches, and evolutionary algorithms. Convolutional neural networks are a powerful tool which ...
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How is knowledge possible?

This seems a reasonable and convincing argument. However, saying that knowledge is hard in the case of chess seems not quite the situation. It don't believe that any one human being could imagine all ...
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Researchers describe emotions as either “positive” or “negative”. But can emotions be “right” or “wrong”?

The problem is the final goal. Good and bad (right and wrong) depend on the goal. If I want to die, poison is good. If I want to continue living, poison is bad. In case of considering that our ...
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For someone who studies Daoism, how would they make another Daoist see that they are in fact following the Dao?

I will try to answer just the first question. I think that, just as in buddhism we can speak of a faith-follower, we may speak of a unconscious/involuntary Dao follower that just follows what ...
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Can anyone translate this paragraph from Joseph Glanvill's "The Vanity of Dogmatizing" into simple English?

The text is from Chapter 5 of Joseph Glanvill's Scepsis Scientifica: Or, Confest Ignorance, the Way to Science; in an Essay of the Vanity of Dogmatizing, and Confident Opinion. The subtitle of that ...
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What is the name of the phenomenon that a thing must be named in order to understand it?

As I mentioned earlier in the comments. You don't need to name your fear. You don't need to name it to recognise it and you don't need to name your fear to overcome it. There are many different ...
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What is the name for half-baked understanding of philosophies?

I think that one problem you are observing is the conflict between Eastern thinking and Western thinking. The way I see it, Western thinking was established in Ancient Greece with the writings of ...
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If nature is inherently imprecise, how is it so easy for us to conceptualize mathematical certainties?

Just as in religion there is a leap of faith then in science there is a leap of understanding. The essential notion that physical theory relies upon is that of a universal order; given that ...
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If nature is inherently imprecise, how is it so easy for us to conceptualize mathematical certainties?

Pierre Duhem, in his Aim & Structure of Physical Theory pt. 2 ch. 3 "Mathematical Deduction & Physical Theory" is worth reading. §3 gives "an example of a mathematical deduction that can never ...
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