7 definitions by spline

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1. A philosophy that holds that everything that exists is made of matter. (see also metaphysical naturalism)

2. The belief that material wealth is the greatest good. (see also objectivism)
1. "It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously." --H.L. Mencken

2. "It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly." --Thoreau
by spline November 23, 2007
Phenomena that appear to defy science. Often, the phenomena are found to be either a trick or something that can be explained scientifically.
Uri Geller has paranormal powers: he can bend spoons with the power of his mind!
by spline November 23, 2007
The philosophy that nature is all that exists.
In metaphysical naturalism, nothing is supernatural: ghosts, gods, and fairies are natural or don't exist.
by spline November 23, 2007
During the French Revolution, the nobility sat in the right wing (in contrast to the common people who sat in the left wing). To this day, the right wing continues to represent the rich and the powerful.
The right wing supports the status quo by oppressing the lower classes.
by spline November 23, 2007
The philosophy that natural phenomena should be explained with naturalistic explanations when doing science.

In contrast with metaphysical naturalism, it does not commit one to ruling out the existence of the supernatural.
Science without methodological naturalism would accept astrology as a field of science.
by spline November 23, 2007
During the French Revolution, peasants and others not represented by the other estates sat in the left wing (in contrast to the nobility who sat in the right wing). To this day, the left wing continues to represent minorities and the common people.
The left-wing is fighting oppression of the lower classes.
by spline November 23, 2007
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