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What is meant by abstract concepts and concrete concepts? Aren't the former tautologous and latter contradictory?

No, you are confusing yourself. You can have an idea about a real object, such as your laptop. You can also have an idea about something that is not real, such as justice. Both are ideas, but one is a ...
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How does Kant respond to Hume's problem of induction?

The answer above (by @PVJ), although broadly correct, is too imprecise to understand the depth of Kant's answer. It, of course, involves causality, but not in a banal manner. For Kant it doesn't ...
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Are Dawkins and Dennett more Sci-Fi than Science?

First note that the phrase "selfish gene" is just a metaphor for the gene-centered view of evolution. The "selfish gene" view is not a pop culture scientific explanation (and definitely not Sci-Fi) at ...
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Trouble understanding Chomsky's answers on the free will question

Chomsky is merely pointing out that the fact you can measure some sort of response, prior to making the decision, tells you nothing about free will becuase we know nothing about the mechanism. If you ...
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What is insight and can we develop it?

One should begin by asking insight into what? For example, there is such a thing as mathematical and physical insight. The disciplines aligned with this - mathematics and physics - have come up with ...
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Trouble understanding Chomsky's answers on the free will question

Chomsky is using the term 'unconscious' in a sense that he probably shouldn't. A more appropriate term might be 'pre-linguistic' decisions. In other words, we might have a sequence like the following: ...
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If I saw UFOs, and I was of sound mind and body, does that give the right to say that it is true?

If you reduce your statement to the known facts, of course there is nothing wrong with the statement. "I saw something in the sky on three separate occasions." "The thing or things was alive / ...
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Are Dawkins and Dennett more Sci-Fi than Science?

I concur with Eliran H, so I'll answer mostly the second part of the question. First, I don't understand the pairing of Dawkins' "selfish gene" and Dennett's "consciousness explained". I am not ...
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Does being able to train your brain mean or logically imply that you are distinct from your brain?

Short Answer Briefly, in the analytic philosophical tradition, particularly among philosophers of mind, there is a general recognition that the self is distinct from the mind (parts of which are ...
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How is the study of consciousness (as a discipline) differs from philosophy of mind, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience?

Answer Obviously, all of the topics are closely intertwined, but if one wanted to draw distinctions, they are as follows: Not all of the mind is conscious, so any study of consciousness need not ...
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Are there any philosophers who argue for a non-utilitarian moral realism from phenomenology?

I got as far as the first few highlights of the transcript, but so I wonder how far what Rawlette says is from what you say about a negative quale attaching to promise-breaking. Whatever reasons ...
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What is the basis of the sunk cost fallacy?

I would say it's not a total fallacy. If you're 90% done with something meaningful but you're suffering, quitting might be or might not be a good idea, depending on the activity.
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What would be the best textbook for a philosophy of mind intro course for psychology majors?

The single best book on philosophy of mind I have read is Susan Blackmore's A Very Short Introduction to Consciousness. She is a clear writer, and does an outstanding job focusing on experiments and ...
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Trouble understanding Chomsky's answers on the free will question

For the last half hour, I've been thinking of getting a cup of coffee and probably after finishing this post, I will actually go ahead and make one. When then, was this decision to make a coffee made: ...
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Science and philosophy: how to study the issue of mind

A key concept for making sense of questions like these is the verb "to supervene." A supervenes on B iff all properties of A are explained by B. As a practical example, all of the rules of how to ...
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How can we be accountable if we are chemically programmed?

Andrew Eshleman provides an answer to the first question: given determinism can we be accountable, that is, have moral responsibility. In keeping with this focus on the ramifications of causal ...
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What is the relationship between cognition and qualia?

There is a reason for qualia, i.e. it serves a critical purpose. Due to the significance of certain cognitive data, that data must be 'experienced.' It cannot be properly processed by blind non-...
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Has any philosopher discussed pre-cognitive or pre-linguistic conceptualization?

Pre-cognitive or pre-linguistic conceptualization has been discussed by a number of philosophers, including Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Edmund Husserl. In Phenomenology of Perception, Merleau-Ponty ...
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Is thinking an activity of a subject?

Subject traditionally means 2 things (1) subjectum praedicationis ( subject of predication) and ( 2) subjectum inhaesionis ( substratum in which modes, properties, acts inhere). Descartes argues ...
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Does being able to train your brain mean or logically imply that you are distinct from your brain?

Here is my reading of this passage. Thompson does not suggest that "X controls Y" means (implies) that X and Y are separate, but he does present it as one possible interpretation, the "...
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What is meant by abstract concepts and concrete concepts? Aren't the former tautologous and latter contradictory?

Maybe "concept" is not to be taken too strongly here. If you were to express "abstract something" and "concrete something", maybe you could use "idea" for "...
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What is meant by abstract concepts and concrete concepts? Aren't the former tautologous and latter contradictory?

One recent development in the philosophy of mind is exploiting cognitive science in a naturalistic epistemology. Early cognitive science overlapped nicely with philosophical and scientific ...
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What is the basis of the sunk cost fallacy?

According to this article (thedecisionlab.com), the sunk cost fallacy stems from the commitment bias. How so? In the context of cognitive science, a fallacy might be viewed as a defect in reasoning ...
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What is the basis of the sunk cost fallacy?

It is perhaps worth starting with the question "What is a fallacy?" A fallacy is a connection in a logical argument which does not necessarily follow. There is in fact a wonderfully named &...
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What is the basis of the sunk cost fallacy?

There are situations where you have the choice: Either admit that you made a costly mistake or spend more money on the mistake. If admitting a mistake is a cost to my reputation and the cost of ...
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What would be the best textbook for a philosophy of mind intro course for psychology majors?

Introduction to Philosophy of Mind books are all over the place in approaches, but so too are students and pedagogies. For instance, a Philosophy of Mind: A Very Short Introduction by Montero is an ...
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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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Is there an existing assessment to determine a person's stance on the nature of mind, cognition, consciousness, etc.?

There’s a classification for everything thanks to philosophy. Political stances, work vs. fun necessity-based views, religious, etc. Personality type quiz is a good building block to understanding ...
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