Is breathing oxygen a social construct?

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No one really has a clear and encompassing definition of what a "social construct" is, but this is what makes them so dangerous. How do we know that the very air we breathe is nothing more than a hoax, a lie that society has fed us in a bid to deplete our consciousness?

I think in this age of uncertainty it is wise to question everything. It is what an enlightened person would do, my friends.
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I think you might be a social construct.
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From Wikipedia:

(0) In the present state of affairs, X is taken for granted; X appears to be inevitable.
(1) X need not have existed, or need not be at all as it is. X, or X as it is at present, is not determined by the nature of things; it is not inevitable.

The need to breath oxygen is clearly not a social construct, because it fails to meet the second requirement.

Perhaps you should actually read a bit of sociology before you start criticising it because it questions your neat little world view.

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Oh my... This thread has my head spinning, I'm going to leave now

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It's all subjective
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Yo dont mix science and sociology...
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Haha, I L'dOL. +1
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(Original post by Dark Horse)
No one really has a clear and encompassing definition of what a "social construct" is, but this is what makes them so dangerous. How do we know that the very air we breathe is nothing more than a hoax, a lie that society has fed us in a bid to deplete our consciousness?

I think in this age of uncertainty it is wise to question everything. It is what an enlightened person would do, my friends.
Try not breathing for 10 mins- I look forward to not hearing from you.
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I can very easily put a sample of air into an IR spectrometer and measure the atomic vibration frequencies, telling me what molecules the air contains :fyi:
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yet another quality tsr thread
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lololol

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(Original post by PythianLegume)
From Wikipedia:

(0) In the present state of affairs, X is taken for granted; X appears to be inevitable.
(1) X need not have existed, or need not be at all as it is. X, or X as it is at present, is not determined by the nature of things; it is not inevitable.

The need to breath oxygen is clearly not a social construct, because it fails to meet the second requirement.

Perhaps you should actually read a bit of sociology before you start criticising it because it questions your neat little world view.

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How do I know sociology isn't a social construct?
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How do I know sociology isn't a social construct?
It is.
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It is.
Omg.
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You made me laugh OP
Everyone knows its a social construct but we pretend its not to make biology a bit easier :yes:
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This thread is inspiring.

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Is this some kind of clunky satirical comment on the notion of race as a social construct?
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Who cares.
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Is this some kind of clunky satirical comment on the notion of race as a social construct?
When I think of social constructs, I see someone dropping the blue pill and being plugged into the matrix. Sociology is the One.
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When I think of social constructs, I see someone dropping the blue pill and being plugged into the matrix. Sociology is the One.
Ah. That clears it up, then.
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