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Words, Meaning and Linguistics
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Post No.: 0472   Fluffystealthkitten says:   All words have a semantic meaning (a literal meaning) and a pragmatic meaning (why something was expressed, which will take into account the context it was expressed). Non-word utterances, like grunts, can have … Read More

Naïve Realism and Perceiving the World Objectively
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Post No.: 0471   Furrywisepuppy says:   When you know what the lyrics to a muffled phrase in a song are, or the words of a messily handwritten letter are, then those words will seem more crystal clear to you. … Read More

Facial Feedback and Communication
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Post No.: 0470   Furrywisepuppy says:   We are so innately primed for social interactions, relationships and working together that we will even perceive animated shapes as having intentions and whether we can trust them or not! Unless we’re relevantly … Read More

Having Too Much (Food) on Your Plate
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Post No.: 0469   Furrywisepuppy says:   Many scientific experiments over the years have investigated what can affect how much we eat. Here are a few of the findings…   A simple thing like using smaller crockery can help us … Read More

Balancing Work and Home Life
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Post No.: 0468   Furrywisepuppy says:   There’s far more to contributing to a relationship than who brings home the most money. Money is easy to quantify but housework, raising children and so forth (stuff that women traditionally do more … Read More

Carbon Offsetting in Practice
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Post No.: 0467   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Carbon offsetting strategies have their supporters and critics. For their supporters, it seems to make logical sense that it’s okay to release carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, such as methane and … Read More

Genetic Heritability is not Necessarily Fixed
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Post No.: 0466   Furrywisepuppy says:   The interaction of both genetics and environmental factors – such as the amount of nutrition received when young or even when still in the womb, humans preferring to hunt larger prey to extinction, … Read More

Eating with our Eyes First and Stomachs Second
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Post No.: 0465   Furrywisepuppy says:   Lots of people will have made New Year’s resolutions about living more healthily after the indulgences of the festive season.   For parties and celebrations, we tend to lay out a varied spread … Read More

Feeling Fortunate, Hopeful and Optimistic!
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Post No.: 0464   Furrywisepuppy says:   I’ve pondered many times about the inescapable role that luck plays in our lives but sometimes – such as here, or when acknowledging our own inevitable mortality, for instance – dwelling on the … Read More

Stories, Fairy Tales, Fables and Parables
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Post No.: 0463   Furrywisepuppy says:   We learn about the world through copying, through direct observation, through tuition or instruction (e.g. via teachers in school), and through stories.   A story – or basically a lesson wrapped within a … Read More

A Deeper and Truer Kind of Love
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Post No.: 0462   Fluffystealthkitten says:   A big part of romantic love is letting yourself fall in love for another. Both love and fear make the heart beat faster and so they can be potentially confused with one another. … Read More

Operationalisation and Operational Definitions
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Post No.: 0461   Furrywisepuppy says:   Many phenomena or attributes that we intuitively think exist cannot be directly measured, but their existence can be inferred via other phenomena that are measurable. Examples include ‘intelligence’, ‘health’, being ‘strong’, ‘beautiful’, ‘deadly’ … Read More

Public Bills, Private Bills and Hybrid Bills
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Post No.: 0460   Fluffystealthkitten says:   A ‘bill’ is a proposed piece of legislation. In the United Kingdom, after a bill is proposed, it is considered by the legislature, which is the Parliament of the United Kingdom, and if … Read More

Experiment to Learn, Experiment to Create
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Post No.: 0459   Furrywisepuppy says:   A fantastic way to discover things or create something new is to experiment. We can conduct an experiment or two to check to see if what we or other people claim is true, … Read More

From Behind the Veil of Ignorance
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Post No.: 0458   Furrywisepuppy says:   Let’s now look at what John Rawls – a social or egalitarian liberal – thought…   John Rawls was against utilitarianism and extended on Immanuel Kant’s thoughts by believing that if the principles … Read More

The Enormous Social Value of Gifts
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Post No.: 0457   Furrywisepuppy says:   Perhaps strangely when viewed on the face of it – people are far more willing to do something for free than do the exact same thing for a very small amount of money. … Read More

Seek Vengeance and Future Generations Could Be Next
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Post No.: 0456   Furrywisepuppy says:   ‘Structural violence’ refers to the indirect facets of a system, culture or context that can eventually lead to promoting harm, such as inequality, poverty, racism and socio-economic factors. ‘Instrumental violence’ refers to violence … Read More

Make Me an Offer I Can’t Refuse!
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Post No.: 0455   Furrywisepuppy says:   A contract is formed only if and when an offer, exactly as stated, is accepted – this is the ‘mirror image rule’. The person who initiates an exchange (the offeror or ‘master of … Read More

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