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Top 10 Most Famous Thought Experiments

Top 10 Most Famous Thought Experiments
Thought experiments are mental concepts or hypotheses, often resembling riddles, which are used by philosophers and scientists as simple ways of illuminating what are usually very dense ideas. Most often, they’re used in more abstract fields like philosophy and theoretical physics, where physical experiments aren’t possible. They serve as some hearty food for thought, but given their complex subject matter, it’s not unusual for even the thought experiment itself to be nearly incomprehensible. 10. One of the most well known thought experiments in the field of ethics is the “Trolley Problem,” which goes something like this: a madman has tied five innocent people to a trolley track. What it Means: 9. One of the major thought experiments in epistemology (the field of philosophy that deals with knowledge) is what is known as “The Cow in the Field.” 8. 7. In truth, no one really knows for sure. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. If you’re thinking this all sounds a bit like The Matrix, you’re right.

The 5 Things I’d Tell My 21 Year Old Entrepreneurial Self | 12 years ago I set out on my first foray into the world of entrepreneurship. The company was called (we later changed the name to the equally obtuse and while it wasn’t a huge success by dot com era standards we did sell it for a tidy profit. But looking back I’m shocked at how little I knew about entrepreneurship. As I’m sure any entrepreneur would love to do, I’d give anything to step back in time 12 years and have a chat with my 21 year old self. #1 – Take as much risk as you can as early in life as you can. I’m not talking stupid risks. #2 – Nail the fundamentals. Take some of that time and use it to build skills that will make you more effective and productive the rest of your life. #3 – Surround yourself with people who expect you to succeed in a big way. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” “The quality of your life is a direct reflection of the expectations of your peer group” -Tony Robbins I’m lucky. Fantastic.

KA FILOZOFIJI / izbor tekstova / 42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself Are you someone who likes to grow? Do you constantly seek to improve yourself and become better? If you do, then we have something in common. I’m very passionate about personal growth. SEE ALSO: How to Better Yourself One Day at a Time After 1.5 years of actively pursuing growth and helping others to grow through my personal development blog, I realize there is never an end to the journey of self improvement. As a passionate advocate of growth, I’m continuously looking for ways to self-improve. Read a book every day. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this article or anything about personal growth. Image © kevindooley

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Do you know your ABC’s? How to Control Negative Self-Talk Everyone has an inner dialogue that runs day and night signaling what to do, what to say, and how to feel. Most of time, people just go through the day unaware of the impact their inner thoughts have on their everyday behavior. Though, what we say to ourselves has serious ramifications, particularly if the thoughts are critical, worrisome, and victimizing. You probably don’t notice many of the thoughts you’re reacting to because they’ve become automatic. Don’t let your inner-critic control who you are and what you can become. Separate thinking, feeling, and acting Recognize when you have limiting and critical thoughts, and accept you’re going to feel anxious, inadequate, and uncertain at first. Most importantly, separate your behavior from thinking. Learning to recognize how thinking, feeling, and acting influence each other, helps you to develop emotional awareness, and to start monitoring and managing negative thoughts and behaviors.

Philosophy Pages 10 Excellent Self Improvement Podcasts Recently I discovered some excellent new self improvement podcasts, and in doing so I was reminded just how beneficial podcasts have been my development. Apart from the interesting and insightful content they can contain, podcasts are a perfect way to work in multiple positives. That is, they give me the opportunity to feed my brain with self improvement material while commuting to work, going for a walk, working out or a number of other activities. The following is a list of my 10 favorite self improvement podcasts (in alphabetical order). 1. Gary’s aim with his Awareness and Consciousness Podcast is to increase your self awareness and make it easier for you to live in the emotional state of happiness. Recommended: Not Good Enough. More: click here for the full archive. 2. Cultivate Greatness is site focused on personal development, leadership training, and life hacks. Recommended: Interview with Carmine Gallo. More: click here for the full archive. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Bible Questions Answered 21 Habits of Happy People Contributed by Cindy Holbrook “Happiness is a habit – cultivate it.” ~ Elbert Hubbar Happiness is one aspiration all people share. No one wants to be sad and depressed. We’ve all seen people who are always happy – even amidst agonizing life trials. 1. Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning. 2. Surround yourself with happy, positive people who share your values and goals. 3. Accept others for who they are as well as where they are in life. 4. Keep up to date with the latest news regarding your career and hobbies. 5. Don’t wallow in self-pity. 6. Some statistics show that 80% of people dislike their jobs! 7. Take the time to see the beauty around you. 8. Don’t take yourself – or life to seriously. 9. Holding a grudge will hurt no one but you. 10. Develop an attitude of gratitude. 11. Always make sure your loved ones know you love them even in times of conflict. 12. Honesty is the best policy. 13. Meditation gives your very active brain a rest. 14. 15. See the glass as half full.

Do You Make These 8 Personal Development Mistakes? So here’s a list of the eight most common (and most damaging) mistakes that people make in personal development. Are You Fixing Your Weaknesses?Don’t you just hate being bad at things? Testing the quality of your personal development efforts can be one of the most powerful things that you can do today. Making mistakes can be frustrating (especially when it comes to something personal), but identifying those mistakes allows us to improve. The worst personal development mistake didn’t make the list. I didn’t include it, because folks in that situation will always be stuck. So go out there and become great.

5 Questions You Need to Ask (To Avoid Ruining Your Life) Somewhere, right now, some guy is sleeping under a bridge, or laying next to a dead hooker, or sitting in jail, wondering, "How the fuck did it come to this?" The short answer is that when things are bad, you don't know they're bad. Humans are magical creatures who can completely disregard a raging fire, and then act confused at the sight of ashes. So, if you are stopping to ask yourself one of the below questions -- all of which people have asked me at one point or another -- that's great. #5. This may be the single biggest "forest for the trees" question you'll ever encounter in life. Photos.comIt's the "how to" murder articles you have to watch out for. Fortunately, as one of America's foremost relationship experts, I've developed a sure-fire way to find out. The Method: It's very simple: Take a close look at the person you're in a relationship with. If you don't think you have the patience for that, I'm sorry, but you can't always just be taking the easy way out. #4. #3.

20 Life Lessons I Learned in My 20’s post written by: Marc Chernoff Email With an impending 28th birthday on my mind, I spent some quiet time this evening reflecting on my recent past. And I’ve come to realize that my 20’s taught me a lot about life. So, I figured I’d share a few lessons I’ve learned along the way. If you’re smiling right now, you’re doing something right.It’s not so much what you say that counts, it’ how you make people feel.The biggest mistake you can make is doing nothing because you’re scared to make a mistake.No matter how it turns out, it always ends up just the way it should be. And I leave you with this question: How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? Photo by: Nattu If you enjoyed this article, check out our new best-selling book. And get inspiring life tips and quotes in your inbox (it's free)...