Jan 222014

Question by nikosmommy28: Pretend that you are in a discussion with friends and the topic is hard sciences versus soft sciences. It is?
argued that psychology is not a true science at all, as are sciences like chemistry and physics. How would you defend the proposition that psychology is a true science?

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Answer by PooPooLaTrash
Psychology is a social science. Chemisty and physics are natural sciences.

To answer you, they are all sciences, but approached and studied differently. The natural sciences are based on experimental, quantifiable data or the scientific method and focus on accuracy and objectivity, where the social sciences are rooted in methodology and theory. Just because something isn’t a natural science doesn’t mean it isn’t a science, it’s merely a different type. Apples and oranges.

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Jun 062013

Question by Hearty Hedonist<3: what are best subjects for a challenging discussion?
please help.tell some controversial titles that i can talk about it and it’s interesting

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Answer by epicicity2012
Quantum physics and regular physics are always good (lol)

“Are there more spatial dimensions than the 3 we see through our human eyes?”
(My answer would be yes ;)

“Does time really exist?”

“We experience time as linear. Is that an illusion? Is the concept of time cyclical, as the Mayans (hehe) believed? And as the old Norse poets and other cultures also believed (the cyclic model)?”

(My answer is that neither time nor space exist, apart from being ‘constructs’ of our 3-D human consciousnesses. We ‘create’ this world and time to ‘create’ a place where we can have a physical body, and the ‘sacred journey’ we are all on is to REMEMBER. To remember that all things are ONE; and that we are all part of All That Is. Eternally. Forever. And also we ‘come down’ to 3-D to have physical experiences. That’s the ‘fun’. But keep in mind, I think, that the ‘fun’ includes not only the ‘good’ like health, love, sex, etc., but also the ‘bad’, like war, murder, and that stuff. We Chose to ‘come down here’ to experience ALL of it. There is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ really. It is just Earth-plane 3-D experience ‘fun’. Like I said above, I doubt that it even matters what we do, since this is all just a consciousness ‘learning plane’ or even ‘playground’ which really has no existence. How’s that? lol

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Sep 272011

On Feb. 13, 2011, the Center for Inquiry-New York City and New York City Skeptics presented a Darwin Day forum featuring NYU philosopher Ned Block, and Jacqueline Gottlieb, neuroscientist at Columbia University. The speakers made presentations about their respective philosophical and scientific approaches to consciousness, then sat down for a question-and-answer session with Massimo Pigliucci, chair of the philosophy department at Lehman College. The event was held at New York University in Tishman Auditorium. For more: www.centerforinquiry.net/nyc
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Feb 132011

Question by Matt: Can someone please help me with the discussion questions for The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho?
Ive read the book and answered a few of the questions but dont understand some of them. Can someone please help me with these questions:

5. The Englishman, whom Santiago meets when he joins the caravan to the Egyptian pyramids, is searching for “a universal language, understood by everybody.” What is that language? According to the Englishman, what are the parallels between reading and alchemy? How does the Englishman’s search for the alchemist compares to Santiago’s search for a treasure? How did the Englishman and Santiago feel about each other?

6. The alchemist tells Santiago “you don’t have to understand the desert: all you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation.” With this in mind, why do you think the alchemist chose to befriend Santiago, though he knew that the Englishman was the one looking for him? What is the meaning of two dead hawks and the falcon in the oasis? At one point the alchemist explains to Santiago the secret of successfully turning metal into gold. How does this process compare to finding a Personal Legend?

7. Why did Santiago have to go through the dangers of tribal wars on the outskirts of the oasis in order to reach the pyramids? At the very end of the journey, why did the alchemist leave Santiago alone to complete it?

8.Earlier in the story, the alchemist told Santiago “when you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.” At the end of the story, how did this simple lesson save Santiago’s life? How did it lead him back to the treasure he was looking for?

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Answer by uncoolmom
You have definitely read thoroughly. Alchemist is a book about following your dreams and overcoming the problems that come.It is to be felt inside yourself.I don’t deny the logic behind your questions.
Santiago had to face the problems that seem meaningless to us.That’s what happens when we have a dream and the circumstances are not suitable.We have to have our share of hardships.You can send your questions to Paulo Coelho on this website.www.paulocoelho.no

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