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Is reincarnation inevitable?

The scientific perspective I observe from other answers here that arguments invoking current science are acceptable. So from a scientific perspective, here are some questions: In your model, the ...
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Are there any Western philosophies that present views similar to the No-self view of Buddhism?

anatman is a concatanation of the privative an, meaning no or not, and atman, which is sometimes translated as soul or self, for example, Tagore named Gandhi mahatma meaning great (maha) soul (atma). ...
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Does materialism presuppose that a self is a bundle of mental states and perceptions?

First, the constructive part. Crick, who is as physicalist on neuroscience as one can wish for, in Astonishing Hypothesis discusses "the processing postulate": "It suggests that we may be using the ...
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Why am I this particular human being?

You could be interested in reading the IV chapter of The view from Nowhere, by Thomas Nagel, since it's all about this topic. His arguments are related to the issue of a subjective/objective view, but ...
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The Immortal Jellyfish

Welcome to SE Philosophy! This is what is known in philosophy as a question of identity and is related to the metaphysical discipline of ontology, or the study of what is. In essence, identity is the ...
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What are some good books about existential philosophy?

Unfortunately, I haven't found too many existentialist works with a nuts-and-bolts focus, so my recommended reading list is really short -- two books in fact. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor ...
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Does personal identity (the self) have to belong to a conscious being?

Locke's theory was empiricist, in opposition to the Cartesian postulation of immutable soul. It is the continuity of memory that creates self-awareness, according to him, and hence personal identity, ...
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Is loving someone essentially selfish?

John Piper tells this analogy about love and satisfaction in relation to God, but I think the principle applies to any human relationship: I buy — because we’re in our 50th year of marriage now, okay,...
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Is reincarnation inevitable?

Identity There is a subtlety that several folks touched on which I would like to spell out: what does it mean for you to be the same as another person who seems like you. You seem to imply that ...
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Distinction between two types of self

Contemporary philosopher Derek Parfit discussed such a Earth-to-Mars teleportation in his book Reasons and Persons according to reference here: At time 1, there is a person. At a later time 2, there ...
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Is gravity a natural manifestation of universal egoism?

Gravity has nothing whatsoever to do with a philosophical treatment of the condition of humanity. Anyone searching for such a connection is digging a dry well.
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What is the best philosophical expression for the "mutual containment" of mind and body?

The metaphor of Indra's Pearls describing the mutual constitution and reflection of universe and individual consciousness goes back to Huayan school of Buddhism in 7th century AD:"And every dew drop ...
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How can we let go of one (the Self) and not the other (Free Will)?

It seems to me that people are disposed to accept that [i.e. loss of self and oneness with the world] without much issue — is that a fair impression? Most of the people in the West (or I should ...
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Why am I this particular human being?

Why aren't 'you' someone else - that smuggles in a transcendental self, a 'perspective of the universe', instantiated in a particular case. Now, that transcendental self, IS instantiated in all minds ...
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Is loving someone essentially selfish?

Any action can be described as 'selfish' if that just means that one derives pleasure or satisfaction from it or if one argues in a closed circle of motivation that one must have derived (or expected ...
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If the atoms of a person's body change every x number of years, should the person be prosecuted today for a crime that he/she committed x years ago?

Arne Naess wrote many essays about the Self. In them, he argued for a concept called the Ecological Self, but along the way he used a series of phrases to challenge commonly held approaches to ...
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If the atoms of a person's body change every x number of years, should the person be prosecuted today for a crime that he/she committed x years ago?

Atoms do not contain little tags that say "I am part of user63152", and whose unique properties determine the actions of user63152. Indeed, aside from differences in isotopes, and a handful of ...
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Does the existence of colors give evidence against materialism?

Thought experiment: make digital photos of single colored surfaces (as far uniform as human would call it uniform), create artifical neuron network and train it to distinguish collors. Do it ...
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How to find a purpose at life

With regard to the video: I think it goes to much in to practical detail at first. I would like to come at this from a more abstract level. What is the purpose of being able to always serve a ...
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How can you imagine yourself in another state, without mentally transporting yourself to that imagined state?

First, explaining the whole point (introduction) I actually think the thing Blackburn is insisting upon is that there is an equivocation going on between:  2. "I imagine looking at"   and   ...
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How does Kant rule out permanent soul in his argument for the existence of external world?

Körner is referring to the Refutation of Idealism argument (B274–279), directed against the skepticism about the external world attributed to Descartes and Berkeley. The idealism in question is the "...
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What areas within philosophy look at continuity of personality and self-hood?

To answer the question in the title directly, metaphysics and philosophy of mind are the two areas of philosophy that deal with the question of personal identity. (One might argue that philosophy of ...
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What does Ortega y Gasset mean by "art is dehumanizing"?

I think there are two main elements or aspects to Ortega's 'The Dehumanisation of Art' (La deshumanización del arte e Ideas sobre la novela, 1925; Princeton tr., 1968). The first can be illustrated ...
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Why am I this particular human being?

If there is an answer to your question, one at least that falls within the scope of philosophy, I can offer only a causal explanation. You exist as a human being, and the particular human being you ...
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Why am I this particular human being?

Why am I me? What an incredibly simple question. Four little words and it sends the mind diving to the depths of philosophy and science. I don't really have a great answer, but I can tell you that ...
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Can we look forward to being dead?

I don’t find myself in a position to say what happens at death. I have had a near death experience where I was pretty much dead then brought back. For me it was not like going to sleep. It passed by ...
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Why do I doubt my logical reasoning?

Sherrilyn Roush describes epistemic self-doubt as the special case of doubt "where what we doubt is our ability to achieve an epistemically favorable state, for example, to achieve true beliefs". The ...
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Is reincarnation inevitable?

What's the flaw in my reasoning, if there is any? You are assuming that the feeling that we are ourselves is entirely a function of the physical state of our body, including our brain. This is a very ...
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Is reincarnation inevitable?

No, reincarnation is not inevitable From a mathematical perspective regarding infinity, the flaw in your reasoning is here: Because the spacetime is infinite there will someday appear a big bang ...
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