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Forum: General Philosophy 09-14-2009, 06:04 PM
Replies: 1
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Do the sophisticated practice demagoguery?

Do the sophisticated practice demagoguery?

The demagogue is a “leader who makes use of popular prejudice and false claims and promises in order to gain power”--Webster. Demagoguery is often the...
Forum: General Philosophy 09-14-2009, 11:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By coberst
The point of this post is to illuminate the...

The point of this post is to illuminate the importance of categorization and how little we know about this very important matter. We know so little about this matter because our culture teaches us...
Forum: General Philosophy 09-13-2009, 01:16 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 184
Posted By coberst
Managing mass mind: heads I win tails you lose?

Managing mass mind: heads I win tails you lose?

I say it is 5 feet and you say it is 5 feet 1 inch; do we argue or do we bring in a standard of measurement?

I say it is a matter of self-interest...
Forum: General Philosophy 09-11-2009, 11:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By coberst
When is a lie not a lie?

When is a lie not a lie?

The word “bachelor” is a noun for those individuals defined as being an unmarried adult male. Most people would not say that the Pope is a bachelor even though he is an...
Forum: General Philosophy 09-10-2009, 09:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 423
Posted By coberst
We perceive only that which is meaningful to us. ...

We perceive only that which is meaningful to us. Perception is a volitional activity even though it is more often than not unconsciously activated.
Forum: General Philosophy 09-09-2009, 10:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 423
Posted By coberst
We perceive something because it is meaningful to...

We perceive something because it is meaningful to us. Out of the infinity of possibility our perception is not random; we focus our chose of what to perceive based upon what we find to be meaningful,...
Forum: General Philosophy 09-09-2009, 11:09 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 172
Posted By coberst
Why do seductive sound bites often win?

Why do seductive sound bites often win?

Framing is a means for placing a matter into a context for discussion and contemplation. “Frames are the mental structures that allow human beings to...
Forum: Space and Time 09-08-2009, 12:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,000
Posted By coberst
I challenge the student of mathematics

I challenge the student of mathematics

It appears to me that most people look on math as something with supernatural qualities. I challenge the student of math to develop and post short essays on...
Forum: General Philosophy 09-07-2009, 01:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 616
Posted By coberst
How can I walk in the shoes of Socrates?

How can I walk in the shoes of Socrates?

The following is an attempt to develop a means for us to empathesize with Socrates.

Many decades ago a professor of philosophy told me that “philosophy is...
Forum: General Philosophy 09-05-2009, 02:45 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 152
Posted By coberst
Net-worth and self-worth: what is difference?

Net-worth and self-worth: what is difference?

The difference between net worth and self worth to my mind rests on that which is extrinsic and intrinsic to our humanity.

Abraham Maslow defined a...
Forum: General Philosophy 09-03-2009, 06:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 254
Posted By coberst
I challenge the student of quantum mechanics

I challenge the student of quantum mechanics

I am a retired engineer and read QED, a book about Quantum Electro Dynamics (QED), several years ago and in trying to explain light reflection to a...
Forum: General Philosophy 08-31-2009, 04:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 253
Posted By coberst
Scientific vs. Socratic Method: the winner is?

Scientific vs. Socratic Method: the winner is?

Hypothetico-deductive model for scientific method from Wikipedia:
“1. Use your experience: Consider the problem and try to make sense of it. Look for...
Forum: General Philosophy 08-30-2009, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 299
Posted By coberst
Learning is best done by studying the thoughts of...

Learning is best done by studying the thoughts of the best thinkers. Exchanging vacuous opinions with chums is entertaining but unenlightening. Opinions are a dime a dozen, almost everyone has an...
Forum: General Philosophy 08-29-2009, 11:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 299
Posted By coberst
Do we perceive it because it is meaningful? Yes!

Do we perceive it because it is meaningful? Yes!

How does the man with agnosia (loss of ability to perceive the familiar due to brain damage) manage on the street? Quoting such an individual “On the...
Forum: General Philosophy 08-28-2009, 07:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 231
Posted By coberst
Is knowing about symbols and understanding about images?

Is knowing about symbols and understanding about images?

I suspect that both knowledge and understanding are constructed from symbols (words) and images but I also suspect that most of knowledge is...
Forum: General Philosophy 08-28-2009, 07:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 446
Posted By coberst
Most people turn to religion because religion...

Most people turn to religion because religion promises everlasting life. What good is a god if s/he does not provide immortality.
Forum: General Philosophy 08-27-2009, 09:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 446
Posted By coberst
Have we replaced our animal instincts?

Have we replaced our animal instincts?

We are also creatures “prone to anxiety, extremely helpless in his natural state, almost entirely devoid of instincts.” Therein lay the paradox. ”Instead of...
Forum: General Philosophy 08-26-2009, 06:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 225
Posted By coberst
In the United States the elite are the corporate...

In the United States the elite are the corporate leaders.

Elite--a group f persons who by virtue of position or education exercise much power or influence

An oligarchy controls public policy in...
Forum: General Philosophy 08-25-2009, 08:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 225
Posted By coberst
Why does the fluttering red cape prevail?

Why does the fluttering red cape prevail?

The confident Matador flutters the red cape, the massive bull charges, energetically hooking empty air in bewilderment.

Please be reasonable! Let us reason...
Forum: General Philosophy 08-25-2009, 07:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 239
Posted By coberst
I write on more than this forum and I get many...

I write on more than this forum and I get many replies, The majority of replies indicate that the responder never read any part of the OP than the title. We (Americans) seem to have few reading...
Forum: General Philosophy 08-24-2009, 06:33 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 161
Posted By coberst
Do we need a new farm system for elitism?

Do we need a new farm system for elitism?

Quickie from Wiki:
“In sports, a farm team, farm system, feeder team or nursery club, generally refers to a team or club whose role is to provide...
Forum: General Philosophy 08-23-2009, 11:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 239
Posted By coberst
How do animals form categories?

How do animals form categories?

Quickie from Wiki: “In metaphysics (in particular, ontology), the different kinds or ways of being are called categories of being or simply categories. According to...
Forum: General Philosophy 08-22-2009, 10:41 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 167
Posted By coberst
Where would we be sans ‘container schema’?

Where would we be sans ‘container schema’?

‘Container’ is a ubiquitous (constantly encountered) metaphor in the cognitive sciences.

A single cell creature, such as the amoeba, is not merely alive...
Forum: General Philosophy 08-18-2009, 10:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 165
Posted By coberst
What are “concrete concepts”?

What are “concrete concepts”?

I remember having watched, on TV, a high-jumper performing an obvious mental imagery of his up-coming jump just before he actually performed his physical feat. I could...
Forum: General Philosophy 08-17-2009, 12:15 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 203
Posted By coberst
How do we gain power over death?

How do we gain power over death?

Psychology informs me that it is the nature of humans to be influenced greatly by the recognition of the self and that the self must die. All of us have a great...
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