"You should always look out for yourself. But as Forrest Gump's mother said, " A man only needs so much, the rest is just for showing off."
You can't be selfless for very long unless you are also a little selfish sometimes."
"Thats how I am too. My atheism came from a more general rejection of the supernatural.
I can certainly see how someone might believe in more general supernatural ideas, and still reject the idea of gods. To me though, the distinction…"
"It is in people's nature to not want to be punished. (most anyways) Surely you don't think that being aware of the lack of free will exempt you from being punished for committing a crime?
Everything is a part of the deterministic…"
"If we don't not have free will, what kind of will do we have? If it isn't deterministic and also not supernatural then how does our will come about? Really the only thing left would be randomness, which still isn't free.
"Being aware of your thoughts does not mean you are outside the deterministic system that governs them. It is simply another layer of complexity that obscures the fact that free will is not real. Your choices about your thoughts are still the result…"