Supporting Your Weight Loss Goals

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As anyone who has ever been on diet knows, trying to lose weight is hard enough without any added pressures. While having your own personal weight loss coach would certainly help matters, for many people that is simply an unaffordable daydream. Never the less, success stories around the world have proven that the most issue […]


The Argument For Torture

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I. Practical Considerations The problem of the “ticking bomb” – rediscovered after September 11 by Alan Dershowitz, a renowned criminal defense lawyer in the United States – is old hat. Should physical torture be applied – where psychological strain has failed – in order to discover the whereabouts of a ticking bomb and thus prevent […]


The Argument For Torture

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I. Practical Considerations The problem of the “ticking bomb” – rediscovered after September 11 by Alan Dershowitz, a renowned criminal defense lawyer in the United States – is old hat. Should physical torture be applied – where psychological strain has failed – in order to discover the whereabouts of a ticking bomb and thus prevent […]


Abortion And The Right To Life

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Abortion and the Social Contract See the Appendix – Arguments from the Right to Life The issue of abortion is emotionally loaded and this often makes for poor, not thoroughly thought out arguments. The questions: “Is abortion immoral” and “Is abortion a murder” are often confused. The pregnancy (and the resulting fetus) are discussed in […]


The History Of Personality Disorders

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Well into the eighteenth century, the only types of mental illness – then collectively known as “delirium” or “mania” – were depression (melancholy), psychoses, and delusions. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the French psychiatrist Pinel coined the phrase “manie sans delire” (insanity without delusions). He described patients who lacked impulse control, often raged […]


On Empathy

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The Encyclopaedia Britannica (1999 edition) defines empathy as: “The ability to imagine oneself in anther’s place and understand the other’s feelings, desires, ideas, and actions. It is a term coined in the early 20th century, equivalent to the German Einf


The 12 Step Program Guide Provides Honest Help

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Alcoholics Anonymous is an organization well-known for helping people with addiction problems. The 12 step program is the operational basis for the organizations program. Countless people attribute their success to the program. Many individuals have incorporated the 12 step program into their lives for all kinds of addictions besides alcoholism and drug problems. Anyone who […]


The Debate About Cloning

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In a paper, published in “Science” in May 2005, 25 scientists, led by Woo Suk Hwang of Seoul National University, confirmed that they were able to clone dozens of blastocysts (the clusters of tiny cells that develop into embryos). Blastocysts contain stem cells that can be used to generate replacement tissues and, perhaps, one day, […]


Narcissism And Evil

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In his bestselling “People of the Lie”, Scott Peck claims that narcissists are evil. Are they? The concept of “evil” in this age of moral relativism is slippery and ambiguous. The “Oxford Companion to Philosophy” (Oxford University Press, 1995) defines it thus: “The suffering which results from morally wrong human choices.” To qualify as evil […]