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Is free will compatible with determinism?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Oct 12. 146 Replies

I recently read a book called Freedom Evolves by the philosopher Daniel Dennett. In it, he puts…Continue

Tags: cognition, dualism, philosophy, materialism, will

Do the "New Atheists" have the right approach?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nerdy Keith Sep 2. 4 Replies

By New Atheists I mean figures such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Lawrence Krauss and the late Christopher Hitchens.The thing that characterises these people for me is their combative and sometimes…Continue

Tags: dawkins, atheists, new

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Simon Mathews replied to Griffin Buckerfield's discussion 'What would happen...'
"Yeah, it's pretty trivial. The general lesson though is that, as you say, an adherence to reason in one's formal thinking does not necessarily transfer to every day life. Werleman in particular came off looking bad (especially now he has…"
6 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Cato Rigas's discussion 'The Shinto Flower among the Weeds of Religion'
"I understand your dilemma. I generally like to live and let live but if someone presses me on these issues I will stand my ground and say what I think. However, I try not to sound aggressive or defensive, merely matter of fact. My approach is…"
7 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Cato Rigas's discussion 'The Shinto Flower among the Weeds of Religion'
"Hi Cato, My girlfriend is Greek Orthodox so there is also a disparity between our views. She is very intelligent but also emotional. I believe it is mainly this emotional side of her that ties her to the religion. As you probably know religion is a…"
yesterday
Simon Mathews replied to Griffin Buckerfield's discussion 'What would happen...'
"Take a look at the current nonsense going on between Sam Harris and CJ Werleman if you want to know how unified atheists can be."
yesterday
Simon Mathews replied to Brian Daurelle's discussion 'In Defense of ‘Islamophobia’'
"This is what I'm interested in. Davis, you mentioned you have had experience of living in such a culture. If all this stuff is not prescribed by the Koran where does it come from? Is it just the usual powerful old men making up the rules as…"
Friday
Simon Mathews replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'To assimilate? Or not to assimilate? That is the question'
"Hi Belle, I have nothing to offer in terms of experience of assimilation I'm afraid but I am interested in what you dislike about the culture you are now in and how would you describe that culture?"
Thursday
Simon Mathews replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is your "Personality Profile?"'
"Whilst I agree with a lot of the points you've made, Davis, don't forget that things like "You can do anything you put your mind to" are primarily motivational tools, not statements of truth. Like Dumbo's feather, for some…"
Thursday
Simon Mathews replied to Brian Daurelle's discussion 'In Defense of ‘Islamophobia’'
"I think you're onto something there, Davis. I was indeed talking about Decent number 1. I think what bakes my noodle is that it seems obvious to me that Decent number 2 should follow from Decent number 1 but history, as you say, tells us…"
Oct 15
Simon Mathews replied to Brian Daurelle's discussion 'In Defense of ‘Islamophobia’'
"I have offered one explanation for the silence in terms of the status quo. You're right, of course. Nazi Germany showed us that decent people can be persuaded to fight for something that individually would probably repel them. I suppose…"
Oct 15
Simon Mathews replied to Cato Rigas's discussion 'Introduction.'
"Hi Cato, welcome to ThinkAtheist. When you say you would like advice about what to do when asked about your atheism, do you expect animosity towards it? Do you think she doesn't understand it or she fears it? Or is it merely curiosity?"
Oct 15
Simon Mathews replied to Brian Daurelle's discussion 'In Defense of ‘Islamophobia’'
"I think the protest against the police action was wrong. What I have a hard time understanding is that this translates as most Muslims secretly condoning the beheadings. Again, I have never lived in a Muslim country or community so I don't…"
Oct 15
Simon Mathews replied to Brian Daurelle's discussion 'In Defense of ‘Islamophobia’'
"I don't know whether your summary is correct but I'd be sad if it was. I like to think that most people, religious or irreligious, are decent enough that they would not condone (secretly or otherwise) killing someone for holding different…"
Oct 15
Simon Mathews replied to Brian Daurelle's discussion 'In Defense of ‘Islamophobia’'
"I take the point about not having the stomach for it. However, the following is a genuine question because I do not know the answer: Do you think most Muslims do inwardly celebrate when someone is beheaded? Take the Xians you mentioned. I'm…"
Oct 14
Simon Mathews replied to Brian Daurelle's discussion 'In Defense of ‘Islamophobia’'
"I think this is a good essay. I would pick up a couple of points. You say there is no use of the suffix -phobia, but don't forget about homophobia. I always find it interesting how these buzzwords come about. For example, if you were to follow…"
Oct 14
Simon Mathews replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'What is your "Personality Profile?"'
"I have to admit I didn't realise the test had been so discredited.  When I studied psychology 20 years ago the party line was that whilst it wasn't indicative of anything on its own, it could still tell you something about a person so…"
Oct 14
Simon Mathews replied to Ari's discussion 'My Life As A College Student.'
"When I was at university I was also plagued with depression and feeling as if I didn't know where I was going or why I was doing what I did. If I could go back and talk to my younger self I would counsel him to forget the future (for now) and…"
Oct 13

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I am a non-religious person who is interested in the debates between religious and non-religious people, particularly those involving how to choose which religion is the "true" one.
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