Perception and emotion, probably the most relevant ways of knowing and usually are the ones that come first to the mind. Perception is the process of attaining awareness or understanding of sensory information. What one perceives is a result of interplays between past experiences, including one's culture, and the interpretation of the perceived. If the percept does not have support in any of these perceptual bases it is unlikely to rise above the perceptual threshold. With experience, it...
Stigma is a Greek word meaning mark, cut or burn into the skin, to identify criminal slaves as polluted and shunned in public. However, in a simple term stigma are classed as being represented for persons who are usually excluded from society due to a condition they themselves did not choose or over which they may have little control over, thus suffer from "existential stigma"; such as sexual identity, mental retardation or even in such cases, marital status. Moreover, there are...
In the late 1700's, philosopher David Hume was looking to improve the ideas of empiricism created by John Locke and George Berkeley, but he took it to an extreme of radical skepticism. The way in which he attempted to improve Locke's ideas of empiricism was that he would apply scientific methods of observation to the nature of human beings. Hume felt that we should try to observe humans and how they function in the world, primarily because that made the most sense to him. By doing this, he...
The view of the self stated in "The Self and Substance Dualism" gives us three arguments each with a different approach to support substance dualism. However, it all converges to a conclusion that the soul or self is immaterial with the argument that the 'self' is different its character traits, memories and body. Rather the 'self' has a body, character and memories. The central character of "The Lost Soul" has amnesia and therefore do not have remember his past experiences....
We are in the year 2010 according to the English calendar. According to the Hindu calendar however, we are in the year 2067 and it is the year 4707 as stated by the Chinese calendar. But what is the truth? Truth on its own has a different meaning to different people. Some people justify that what they know is the truth as they have got it from a secondary source, like the internet, while others think truth should be based on firsthand experience. However, how can one segregate from the truth...
The sound of a beat frequency or beat wave is a fluctuating volume caused when you add two sound waves of slightly different frequencies together. If the frequencies of the sound waves are close enough together, you can hear a relatively slow variation in the volume of the sound. A good example of this can be heard using two tuning forks that are a few frequencies apart. A sound wave can be represented as a sine waves, and you can add sine waves of different frequencies to get a graphical...
 According to Kant's Moral argument, morality is the highest form of rationality.  He says if you ask the question "what I ought I do?" You are demonstrating reason, however if you decide that is it something you ought to do then you have a reason to do it.  Moral grounds for doings something is always the most air tight reason for doing something.  You cannot say that you ought to do something and then not do it, Kant considers that to be irrational.  However, this reasoning is...
Computer is a relatively new invention. Computers were invented about fifty years ago. However they came in extensive use some thirty years back. Personal Computers were put in use some times in the year 1980. In this short spell of time computers made tremendous impact on our lives. We are now so much dependent on computers that life without computers can not be imagined. Imagine the amount of chaos that would occur if Railway Ticket Booking, Air Booking, Banking computers fails or they are...
Motivation can be defined as a decision making process, where the outcomes that are desired and the behaviour which is appropriate for them is set in motion. Effectively, motivation is considered as whether a person wants to or opts to engage in particular behaviours. A lot of people, however, agree that a person cannot motivate another person, but instead a person can be motivated by a certain circumstances that have been created for such purposes. When a person is asked to behave in a...
Feng shui symbols can help us balance and harmonize elements within our homes in order to improve the quality of our lives. Feng shui symbols can be important tools that we can use to create this balance. By simply placing the right feng shui symbols in areas of our homes we can add any necessary other elements, colors or other items that symbolize a place. By using the bagua map of elements, you can decide what areas of your life you want to improve and find where those areas correlate to...