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Appeal to My Illogical Nature
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Post No.: 0602   Fluffystealthkitten says:   We should continue on our noble quest to learn more about logical fallacies, which we started in Post No.: 0596.   Furrywisepuppy says:   I’ve grabbed my doppelhänder and my gleaming spangenhelm can … Read More

Playing God by Editing the Human Genome
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Post No.: 0601   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Any technology that can be utilised for admirable objectives can probably be utilised for nefarious objectives too. And the more potentially powerful the benefits then the even more potentially powerful the harms that … Read More

Mentalisation and Emotional Regulation
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Post No.: 0600   Furrywisepuppy says:   ‘Mentalisation’ refers to the ability to perceive and interpret our own and other people’s behaviours in terms of mental states – in other words, thinking about and understanding what’s going on in our … Read More

So You Wanna Hear Some Gossip and Rumours?
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Post No.: 0599   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Gossip is a form of social currency and may be used to socially coordinate with other members of our group or clique. It is also used as a way of elevating our status … Read More

Ultimate and Proximate Level Explanations
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Post No.: 0598   Furrywisepuppy says:   Why is anything the way it is?   The ultimate level explanation will come from the fundamental laws of physics and raw mathematical descriptions of the universe. But that level of explanation or … Read More

The Optimum Inner Game for a Big Game
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Post No.: 0597   Furrywisepuppy says:   Many athletes think and worry so much about an upcoming big game in the days leading up to it that, by the time that game arrives, they’re mentally exhausted from playing and replaying … Read More

Fallacy Schmallacy
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Post No.: 0596   Furrywisepuppy says:   Logical validity is critical if we wish to make sound, reasoned arguments. An introduction to logic was written in Post No.: 0066.   Fluffystealthkitten says:   We now want to run through some … Read More

Both Strong and Weak Ties are Crucial
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Post No.: 0595   Furrywisepuppy says:   Regarding our friends, colleagues, acquaintances and other relationships, strong ties are the ties we have with those we strongly trust and whom make us feel less lonely and more socially supported. But a … Read More

More About the Artist than the Art?
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Post No.: 0594   Fluffystealthkitten says:   According to the markets at least, it isn’t so much about judging artistic creations according to what they’re depicting or portraying, or their intrinsic quality of execution – but more about the stories … Read More

State Pensions and Private Pensions
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Post No.: 0593   Furrywisepuppy says:   For a nation, people living longer presents both pros and cons. This is because the elderly and retired don’t work yet generally require more healthcare – thus if the current generation of elderly … Read More

The Problem with Monopolies and Overly Dominant Firms
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Post No.: 0592   Furrywisepuppy says:   A pure ‘monopoly’ is when there’s only a single seller of a product in a particular market and there are no close substitutes. Because of this lack of competition and thus lack of … Read More

Psychics, Mediums and Fortune Tellers
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Post No.: 0591   Fluffystealthkitten says:   So-called fortune tellers, spiritual mediums and psychics routinely employ a technique called ‘cold reading’. Without any prior knowledge of a person, they start by spewing out some vague and general guesses that have … Read More

Hard Determinism and Incompatibilism
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Post No.: 0590   Furrywisepuppy says:   Philosophies that believe that everybody gets what they deserve are strongly arguably untenable according to the conclusions that can be derived from scientific research and empirical evidence. This universe, which includes us and … Read More

Epigenetics and Gene Expression
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Post No.: 0589   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Research in epigenetics – which concerns how environmental influences, individual life experiences and age can activate/inhibit the expression of our genes – reveals how our upbringings and lifestyles can influence gene expression, which … Read More

The Representativeness Heuristic on Our Judgements
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Post No.: 0588   Furrywisepuppy says:   One of the most basic heuristics of ‘system one’ is to represent things in categories, with conceptions of norms and prototypical exemplars that things that belong to a particular category are perceived to … Read More

Get Your Priorities Straight!
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Post No.: 0587   Furrywisepuppy says:   Time is our most valuable asset in life because no matter how financially rich we are, we all only have 24 hours to personally spend each day. (Having money does mean that we … Read More

Understanding Why Children Are Often Impulsive
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Post No.: 0586   Fluffystealthkitten says:   For a less stressful time at parenting and to be less unnecessarily harsh on one’s children – parents must understand how moral reasoning develops in children and when. Meow.   Even infants are … Read More

Personal Identity and Psychological Continuity
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Post No.: 0585   Furrywisepuppy says:   Let’s get deep! What makes you ‘you’ from one moment to the next?   Personal identity is a key question in philosophy. (Some other big questions in philosophy concern God, knowledge and justified … Read More

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