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n. a collection of metaphysical theories and mental disciplines that emerged in India around the 6th century bce and derived from the sacred texts of Hinduism, the Upanishads. The sophistication of certain of these philosophies has influenced modern science, including the development of quantum theory. See object of consciousness; pure consciousness.

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June 19th 2024



n. in infants, lack of psychomotor response or failure to gain weight or produce purposeful behavior, often thought to be a response to separation from mothers and subsequent institutionalization. See also reactive attachment disorder.