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Does Dissociative ego disorder challenge Descartes‘ „cogito-argument“?

"I think, therefore I am" does not imply that the person thinking and being is eternal. It just says that one cannot doubt one's own existence, as and when one thinks about it. If and when ...
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Dawkins on God: What are the strongest counters to his argument?

Since philosophers don't tend to comment on his argument, one can only speculate about why they don't, but the most likely answer is that it is a bad argument which was already addressed early in the ...
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Does Dissociative ego disorder challenge Descartes‘ „cogito-argument“?

It depends on which chapter of the Meditations we are focused on. What’s in the second meditation is merely that one cannot doubt their own existence, since the very doubting necessitates that one ...
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Dawkins on God: What are the strongest counters to his argument?

I think the obvious line of attack is his assertion that the creator must be more complicated than the thing created, which is clearly questionable. Arguing about whether some form of god created the ...
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Does mental illness imply that a person's philosophy is invalid?

To draw a conclusion as to the validity/soundness of a proposition/argument based upon the mental state of the person making it would be to commit a non sequitur. Why? Because even a severely mentally ...
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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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What ethical studies have been performed on what would happen if a government raises kids without parents?

This answer is almost entirely opinion, if it will be permitted. Whose morals, whose ethics, whose values do you believe should be passed down to children, taught to them? Should the government just ...
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Possible reason for the exponential development of Mathematics

It's an interesting question. Others will be better able to answer, but I would note that the proper evolutionary model here may be punctuated equilibrium or, more pertinently, Kuhn's "Structure ...
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Is Psychology a Science? And the Testability Principle

Yes, psychology is a science. Anyone who knows anything about psychology research should agree. Psychology follows the exact same principles of science as essentially every other scientific field. The ...
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What ethical studies have been performed on what would happen if a government raises kids without parents?

It's hard to find spot-on literature. This is connected with what you are interested in : BEHAVIORIST THOUGHT EXPERIMENT Possibly if we had absolute control over food, sex, shelter, if we had ...
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What ethical studies have been performed on what would happen if a government raises kids without parents?

Consider Plato's idea for how (Guardian) children ought to be raised in the kallipolis and all the objections Socrates' interlocutors find with it. Without a nuclear family, Plato thinks children ...
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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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Movies on philosophy similar to "Waking Life"?

Waking Life is somewhat sui generis, but I would highly recommend "The Possibility of Hope," a documentary by Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron, included as a DVD extra with his incredible Children of ...
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How did philosophy react to empirical psychology when there have been disagreements?

I am going to disagree with other posters, in my view in the last two centuries the interplay between philosophy and psychology was intricate, and with profound impact on both sides, of all sciences ...
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For a political ruler is it better to be loved or feared?

The question was made famous by Machiavelli's Prince, where he also provided the answer: "The answer is that one would like to be both one and the other; but because it is difficult to combine them,...
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How might studying philosophy impact your mental health?

PATRICIA TURRISI, 'The Problem of the Philosophical Person', The Pluralist, Vol. 4, No. 1 (SPRING 2009), pp. 68-76, deals with the 'madness' of Socrates and William James. But it's an article, not a ...
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Is there any serious overlap between Philosophy and Psychology?

I'll try to answer your question through addressing each sub-question: would, say, a modern philosopher with a PhD be well-versed in modern psychology? A philosophy PhD, much like any other ...
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What did William James mean by metaphysics being "an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly"?

The quote appears at the beginning of Chapter VI of James's Principles of Psychology, and is preceded by a sentence that gives important context: "The reader who found himself swamped with too ...
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Locke's psychology : reference request

I'm not sure that there is anything that's exactly what you need but you might consult: Locke's Ideas of Mind and Body (Routledge Studies in Seventeenth-Century Philosophy) Han-Kyul Kim ISBN 10: ...
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Which Philosophical Ideas Best Protect Us From Existential Suffering in a Society Increasingly Accepting of the Claim That There is No Free Will?

There are a few different directions to go on this. The person suffering can study philosophy further and learn to distinguish the implications of propositions more precisely (e.g. come to understand ...
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Does mental illness imply that a person's philosophy is invalid?

So far the discussion has taken quite a "Mentalistic" approach - that since the conditions are enumerated in phenomenological terms that might be prone to societal or contingent trends, the ...
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Violence vs Sex: Why are we typically more comfortable with graphic violence than explicit sex in gaming, television and film?

This does not look like a philosophical question, but one about cultural history. Violence as an act drives a narrative. By committing an act of violence, a story character can significantly and ...
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How to not fear the supernatural?

I deal with something very, very similar, where I fear the existence of hell given the religion that I grew up in. I grew up Muslim and came across seeming coincidences that seem extremely hard to ...
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Movies on philosophy similar to "Waking Life"?

In the spirit of providing an answer to your question rather than adding to the pile of everyone's favorite philosophically-minded movies, please a take a moment to review The Cognitive Science Movie ...
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Do human beings always act rationally (i.e. in an internally consistent manner)?

No. Humans do not act in an internally logically consistent way. In psychology and neuroscience, the phenomenon is called cognitive dissonance. People often find themselves wanting contradictory ...
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How can anyone who hasn't realised the truth claim that Mahatma Buddha or any other person in history realised the God or Truth?

You write: Isn't it possible that whatever they have realized is just a psychological effect? Doing continuously hard practices leads to affect their mind and they tend to believe that, yes, this ...
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