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  1. solipsism: the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist.

  2. relativism: the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute.

  3. asceticism: the principles and practices of an ascetic; extreme self-denial and austerity. the doctrine that the ascetic life releases the soul from bondage to the body and permits union with the divine.

  4. austerity: the quality of being austere; the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures); severe and rigid economy; reduced availability of luxuries and consumer goods.

  5. complex systems: complex systems is a new approach to science that studies how relationships between parts give rise to the collective behaviors of a system and how the system interacts and forms relationships with its environment.

  6. ecumenical: promoting or relating to unity among the world's Christian churches.

  7. emergence: in philosophy, systems theory, science and art, emergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions. Emergence is central to the theories of integrative levels and of complex systems.

  8. epistemology: the branch of philosophy that studies the nature of knowledge, its presuppositions and foundations, and its extent and validity; the study or a theory of the nature and grounds of knowledge especially with reference to its limits and validity.

  9. meme: an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, esp. imitation; an image, video, phrase, etc. that is passed electronically from one Internet user to another.

  10. paradox: a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition which when investigated or explained may prove to be well-founded or true; a phenomenon that exhibits some contradiction or conflict with preconceived notions of what is reasonable or possible; a person of perplexingly inconsistent life or behavior; a statement or tenet contrary to received opinion or belief, esp. one that is incredible, absurd, or fantastic.

  11. syncretic: uniting and blending together different belief systems.

  12. onus: burden; also, blame; stigma.

  13. nescience: lack of knowledge or awareness.

  14. introspection: the act or process of self-examination; reflection.

  15. metacognition: cognition about cognition, or knowing about knowing.

  16. existentialism: a philosophical theory or approach that emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will.

  17. utilitarianism: the doctrine that actions are right if they are useful or for the benefit of a majority.

  18. nihilism: the rejection of all religious and moral principles, often in the belief that life is meaningless.

  19. determinism: the doctrine that all events, including human action, are ultimately determined by causes external to the will.

  20. ontology: the branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being.

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