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materialism

Philosophy
The philosophical theory that nothing exists in the universe but matter and energy.

Psychology
A personal preoccupation with material things and comforts, to the exclusion of intellectual, spiritual and cultural pursuits.
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In the various ways in which the God hypothesis might have been judged to be a helpful hypothesis, there are alternative explanations which are no less plausible than the God hypothesis, but which do not require anything outside a completely formal, materialist description.
He covers the inorganic open: nanotechnology and physical being; objectism: Charles Olson's poetics of physical being; design science: geodesic architecture in nanoscale carbon chemistry and Ronald Johnson's ARK; surrational solids, surrealist liquids: crystallography and biotechnology in materials science and materialist poetry; and the scale of a wound" nanotechnology and the poetics of real abstraction in Shanxing Wang's Mad Science in Imperial City.
The predominant perspective in the Environmentalism literature is the association between environmental concern and post materialist values.
The tacit assumption among most materialists--one shared by most of their critics--has been that more basic biological phenomena, such as metabolism and reproduction, do not pose a serious obstacle to the materialist program, that these can be easily accommodated within a materialist framework.
Consequently, as relatively Post-materialist post-war birth cohorts replaced older, more Materialistic ones in the adult population, we should witness a shift from Materialist to Postmaterialist values.
This approach aims to articulate into an integrative model the psychological perspective of motivational types, proposed by Schwartz (1992), with the sociological perspective of materialist and post-materialist values, proposed by Inglehart (1989).
Does the brain produce the mind or is it an instrument for the manifestation of the mind?" Two speakers (both psychiatrists), each defending one general position on the MBR (materialist or non-materialist), were coordinated by a chair (a psychiatrist) in a two-hour debate, including time for questions from the audience.
The materialist, who like the Cartesian identifies matter with the mathematical abstraction but rejects immaterial substance, is like someone who denies that glasses of orange juice exist and defines an "orange" as a pile of dried-out pulp and husk alone.
The standard interpretation cites that the LDP reacted by adjusting its policy mix, emphasizing materialist, but programmatic--as opposed to clientelist--policies to reach these urban voters.
"A certain kind of materialist" suggests that there are other kinds, and this discrimination is what I'm interested in.
Despite the flaws of the materialist approach, does it not ensure the greatest amount of objectivity?
According to this theory, older generations developed materialist values (rational-secular values) while confronting life's hardships in a social climate of scarcity and insecurity, while keeping hard work in high esteem.