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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

Kaczynski himself may or may not be a conservative, but "the breakdown of traditional values" is something conservatives keep fear-mongering about, and they keep asserting that this is ...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

While this is hard to give an objective answer to, I'll give some thoughts. As far as I can tell, Ted Kaczynski seems to believe that we like to act in our self-interest. Communities arise from mutual ...
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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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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

I cannot really make out a question in the body of OP's post, so I assume all of that is just meant as context of what this question (in the title) is about. I also am not familiar with the ramblings ...
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How do we know we are all not 'crazy'? Is number and context the only thing that defines our indication/sense of 'normalcy'?

The root questions here, as I perceive them, are (a) whether we live in a real, independently existing, objective, verifiable world, (b) are our beliefs based accurately in that world, and (c) how can ...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

There's an interesting online book, Meaningness and Time by David Chapman, about people's ways of relating to meaning through history and the concomitant structures of the self. Chapman's model is ...
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Sociological-philosophical theories of society’s tendencies to react against itself, inescapably biased in some way

It would be helpful if your question was more clear, but based on my understanding of it I think you'd want a thorough understanding of biology, evolutionary theory and it's implications on society, ...
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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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Does the requirement to use preferred gender pronous preclude the participation of people whose faith teaches that gender cannot be changed?

Yes, it is specifically designed to preclude participation from people who openly hold different religious (or non-religious) core beliefs about the world. Some would try to say that this is just a ...
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Is Baudrillard's "Simulacra and Simulation" just the "Allegory of the Cave"?

For Plato there is a real and eternal world of truth outside the cave that we can always choose to step out and examine. His point is not meant to be historically specific, but is rather about the ...
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What is the name of sociological phenomena where selfish behavior of each individual leads to losses for all of them?

Might you be thinking of the "tragedy of the commons"?
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

You may be interested in the book The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous by Joseph Henrich (2020). The author basically claims that ...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

Yes, but for different reasons. Social ties are certainly weakened in modern, technological societies. We have seen, in just a few generations, a dramatic reduction of family sizes from multiple ...
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Name for phenomenon where individual members disagree with their own collective action

If collective action is read within the context of political philosophy, then there is a term that fits: dissent. From WP: Dissent is an opinion, philosophy or sentiment of non-agreement or ...
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Name for phenomenon where individual members disagree with their own collective action

Disliking something about the social environment, but going along with it to avoid negative consequences such as conflict or disapproval is called "pragmatism", "being realistic", ...
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How do we know we are all not 'crazy'? Is number and context the only thing that defines our indication/sense of 'normalcy'?

I think we know it the same way we get to know everything else: by connecting the dots, by piecing together the puzzle. That puzzle is our personal knowledge, our personal map of reality. It is a ...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

I scanned the other answers (not comments) and thought these brief and relevant to the discussion. "Technological society" defined: "The chief complaint that sets existentialism over ...
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How do we know we are all not 'crazy'? Is number and context the only thing that defines our indication/sense of 'normalcy'?

I move to declare thiis question "are/am we/I crazy?" to be The Fundamental Question of Philosophy. Headmaster: [...]I administered a beating during which he died [...] Mr. Perkins (...
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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

While I hesitate to respond to a quote of an angry, murderous person, Galileo said he could learn from anyone, so... Given human nature hasn't changed in 10,000+ years, traditional family values have ...
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Must people be employed to have dignity and self-worth?

My answer to this will be fairly short. As a researcher of the science of human needs and emotional well-being, I believe that humans have two basic needs when it comes to value and worth: We need to ...
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Must people be employed to have dignity and self-worth?

Nathanial Branden wrote The Psychology of Self-Esteem. I read this book in the late 1990s and/or early 2000s. Branden says the concept of self-esteem is a mix of two judgments passed on the self. ...
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Must people be employed to have dignity and self-worth?

The answer is culture-laden. For example, in Denmark, your self-worth and your standing in the community are dependent on your employment status (at least when I was growing up, 60 years ago). When ...
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Must people be employed to have dignity and self-worth?

I would first argue that the use of the word "employment" may not be best. Employment entails that a job is assigned to you and that you receive an income for completing said job. This is ...
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Exploring Gender Equality: Navigating the Paradox of Differences and Sameness

Gender equality is not a matter of proof but a matter of principle. The first book on logic that I ever read- I was about 16 at the time- had a strong influence on my subsequent development. One of ...
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Sociological-philosophical theories of society’s tendencies to react against itself, inescapably biased in some way

You might like this answer about the history of dialectic argument, and the emergence of Historical Materialism: Relation of dialectics, as of Hegel and Marx, toward Enlightenment liberalism And, on ...
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Is Baudrillard's "Simulacra and Simulation" just the "Allegory of the Cave"?

I did not read it very thoroughly, but my takeaway from it was, that it's not about the "source". It's kind of more about the motivation for doing things and how you place yourself in the ...
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What are "entanglements" in "feminist philosophy"?

I put the question to an acquaintance, who replied as follows... 'Feminist entanglements happen all the time. Have you not read Jane Austen? Her poor heroines only have to start a conversation with a ...
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Is there a modern, secular argument for the soul?

Quite unfortunate that I'm not that much of a reader. From what I can gather, the notion of a soul can be arrived at sans any religious baggage. If memory serves, coming the believe in souls is quite ...
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What are prominent pro-war 20th century philosphers?

Martin Heidegger has reportedly written after World War Two: "Hundreds of thousands die en masse. Do they die.'? They succumb. They are done in. Do they die.'? They become mere quanta, items in ...
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