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  1. Modern Economics: Natural or Social Science?

    Modern Economics: Natural or Social Science? Economics is a natural science because natural science is about the study of objects rather than subjects. Labor, land, and money, the basic elements of economics, are all commodities of modern economics (objects of commerce), i.e. humans are reified...

    Started by coberst, 07-01-2010 05:22 AM
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  2. Why do Social Theories Become Ideologies?

    Why do Social Theories Become Ideologies? An ideology is systematically biased by its assumptions and it constantly must protect its assumptions from erosion if it is to maintain the status of its ideology. For Marx the ideologist becomes a constant apologist for his ideology. An uncritical or...

    Started by coberst, 06-27-2010 04:33 AM
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  3. Greed is a Character Trait not an Emotion!

    Greed is a Character Trait not an Emotion! Greed is a habit formed through constant repetition. It is an act of will. Emotion, also called instinct, is a product of natural selection. Only the human animal is greedy. What is character? Character is the network of habits that permeate all...

    Started by coberst, 06-25-2010 01:50 AM
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  4. Natural Science “don allow no meaning in here”!

    Natural Science “don allow no meaning in here”! Natural science clears the land before it builds its structures. NATURAL SCIENCE IS BULLDOZIER might be a useful linguistic metaphor for comprehending how the natural sciences function. The first thing that a Normal Science (as defined by...

    Started by coberst, 06-20-2010 03:04 AM
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  5. How can I learn what are my illusions?

    How can I learn what are my illusions? In the dialogue “Apology” Plato writes about Socrates while in the dungeon just before drinking the hemlock that the citizens of Athens condemned him to be executed. In the dungeon shortly before drinking from the hemlock cup Socrates spoke to his...

    Started by coberst, 06-22-2010 02:16 AM
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  6. Does Natural Science Encourage a Narrow Mind?

    Does Natural Science Encourage a Narrow Mind? Paradigm directed science encourages the scientist to steadfastly adhere to carefully crafted narrow minded thinking. Because “normal science” has been so successful in achieving its narrow goals I claim that our whole society has become dangerously...

    Started by coberst, 06-18-2010 05:36 AM
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  7. What is the American frame of mind?

    What is the American frame of mind? I would say that a culture consists of the complex of ideas that a group of people hold dear. One can speak of the culture of a small group or of a very large group. In the United States our culture is determined to a large extent by how we hold "these...

    Started by coberst, 10-11-2009 10:50 AM
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  8. The Oil Spill is Only a Symptom

    The Oil Spill is Only a Symptom The Gulf oil spill is a minor skin rash that is of great importance primarily because it signals us of the presence of a disease capable of destroying our civilization. The herd is stampeding toward the cliffs and there is an unsophisticated horde of riders in...

    Started by coberst, 06-16-2010 03:45 AM
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  9. Flag: Making the Abstract Concrete

    Flag: Making the Abstract Concrete The flag is a symbol of an ideology; a symbol is an act, sound, or objects having cultural significance and the capacity to excite an emotional response. Ideology often reifies, i.e. making into an object an abstract idea, for the purpose of concretizing a...

    Started by coberst, 06-11-2010 10:29 AM
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  10. Individuality: Creation versus Adaptation

    Individuality: Creation versus Adaptation Creation/Adaptation—Meaning/Biology—creation is to adaptation as meaning is to biology. Our species is a great experiment by Mother Nature—can a species of animals with self-consciousness survive quick extinction? We might usefully consider our...

    Started by coberst, 06-10-2010 02:42 AM
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  11. Psychoanalysis is Quantum Mechanics

    Psychoanalysis is Quantum Mechanics I use the metaphor Psychoanalysis is Quantum Mechanics as a linguistic means to convey to you my comprehension of PSA (psychoanalysis) is somewhat based upon my comprehension of QM (quantum mechanics). This is not to say that I know a lot about either of...

    Started by coberst, 06-08-2010 02:11 AM
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  12. Evolution has not prepared us for this

    Evolution has not prepared us for this Humans are animals with self-consciousness. This self-consciousness may show it self to some small degree in other animals but this capacity for self-consciousness makes our species different in kind from other animals and this difference makes all the...

    Started by coberst, 06-03-2010 06:35 AM
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  13. Socrates says “know thyself”: I say which self?

    Socrates says “know thyself”: I say which self? I don’t know what happened to me. I was beside my self with worry. My pet dog Fido uses his imagination to create image schemas to help him to comprehend and move about in his world. I use my imagination in much the same way but because my...

    Started by coberst, 06-05-2010 10:17 AM
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  14. Crude Poetic Justice?

    Crude Poetic Justice? Wikipedia informs me that “poetic justice” is a notion that fictional literature takes on as a cultural demand whereby literary outcomes must support moral standards by justifying in the end the virtuous behavior of the good guy and punishing the bad behavior of the bad...

    Started by coberst, 05-27-2010 02:01 AM
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  15. Twinkies & Chips—Sound Bites & Bumper Stickers

    Twinkies & Chips—Sound Bites & Bumper Stickers A steady diet of Twinkies and chips will give us a fat gut while a steady diet of sound bites and bumper stickers will give us a fat head. Political parties and television commercials often depend upon well-crafted sound bits and bumper stickers...

    Started by coberst, 05-06-2010 05:22 AM
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  16. Art and Wit are Subversive of Civilization; in a ‘Playful Way’

    Art and Wit are Subversive of Civilization; in a ‘Playful Way’ The repressions of modern life have lost for us the “primary pleasures of which the censorship disapproves”. Art and wit liberates repressed instinct; both rid us of our inhibitions and open the unconscious for inspection and...

    Started by coberst, 05-04-2010 03:24 AM
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  17. Dialogue/Cooperation as Debate/Conflict

    Dialogue/Cooperation as Debate/Conflict Dialogue is to cooperation as debate is to conflict. Dialogue utilizes communication to facilitate harmony with the other while debate utilizes argumentation power to facilitate victory over the other. Internet discussion forums advance the human...

    Started by coberst, 05-02-2010 03:26 AM
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  18. Traditional Thinking

    Traditional Thinking If it did not happen yesterday it cannot happen tomorrow—it has always been this way therefore it can be no other. This might be regarded as the traditional mode of thought. It is the mode of thinking taught to us by our educational institutions. Such thinking requires...

    Started by coberst, 04-30-2010 04:27 AM
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  19. Does an Intellectual Life Endanger Peace of Mind?

    Does an Intellectual Life Endanger Peace of Mind? Few individuals discover and display a talent, a personal resonance that can truly excite public appreciation. Those who do display such a resonance are truly rewarded. However, I am not particularly interested in those few but I am interested in...

    Started by coberst, 04-28-2010 02:48 AM
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    04-29-2010 09:56 AM Go to last post
  20. The Problem With Intellectuals

    Fredericksburg.com - The problem with intellectuals (cont'd) (http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2010/012010/01122010/518855/index_html?page=2)

    Started by Lon, 04-19-2010 06:07 PM
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