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cognitive dissonance

Cognitive dissonance is a theory of human motivation that asserts that it is psychologically uncomfortable to hold contradictory cognitions. The theory is that dissonance, being unpleasant, motivates a person to change his cognition, attitude, or behavior. This theory was first explored in detail by social psychologist Leon Festinger....>>more

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zombie

In a nutshell: A zombie is a mythical creature who is one of the walking dead. Zombies are not friendly and they don't like civilization.

zombie is a character in stories and movies who is shown as a dead person brought back to life—though not to a full and independent life—by witchcraft or sorcery. In some stories, zombies are monsters who like to eat human flesh. Zombies are usually shown as sleepwalking slaves of whoever brings them back to life. Zombies like to destroy things. They don't like civilization. If you ever meet a zombie on the road—which you won't unless one jumps off a movie screen!—and she says "Hi. I'm a zombie and I'm here to help," don't believe her.>>more

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Evaluating Evidence

5 Feb 2009. Of all the courses I taught in my 32-year career as a philosophy teacher, my favorite was the philosophy of law. I designed the course and called it Law, Justice, and Punishment(LJP). The course was for community college students, some with career goals in law or law enforcement. Most of my students, however, seemed to sign up because of the course title and the content it suggested. LJP students were my best students, too, which partly explains why it was my favorite class. What I really enjoyed about LJP, though, was the way I could teach critical thinking skills in a concrete way, as well as explore many interesting philosophical issues with my students.>>more

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