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Should drinking to excess during pregnancy be a crime?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Arcus Nov 21. 24 Replies

A test case is currently on-going in the UK whereby lawyers acting on behalf of a…Continue

Tags: rights, human, alcohol, pregnancy

Gun control laws - safer or more dangerous?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen Nov 11. 107 Replies

Rather than re-hash all the general arguments for and against gun control, I am interested in people's personal experiences/views about whether gun control laws would make them feel more or less…Continue

Tags: government, safety, policy, crime, law

Is free will compatible with determinism?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Unseen 3 hours ago. 182 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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Unseen replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is free will compatible with determinism?'
"How would you prove that "free will is more complicated than the behavior of metals"? It seems to me that it's only more complicated if your motivation is to prove that we have free will, which is not something that needs to be…"
3 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is free will compatible with determinism?'
""Typically proofs of free will are motivated by a desire to salvage the notion, which makes the effort suspicious from the start." "Be careful, the same sort of techniques largely relying on slyly-crafted redefinitions of common words…"
4 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'East German Shame'
""That is the gulf in difference between My Lai and the soldier whose job it was to guard the Berlin Wall." Agreed."
4 hours ago
Unseen replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is free will compatible with determinism?'
"Typically proofs of free will are motivated by a desire to salvage the notion, which makes the effort suspicious from the start. It's a bad way to study something. If you want to know if metal expands when heated, you don't start out by…"
4 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Davis Goodman's discussion 'East German Shame'
"Yep, whilst the chain of command is important, it consists of a hierarchy of people and is therefore not immune to error/incompetence. If you are insubordinate just for the hell of it then you are going down but if I was in charge I would not want…"
5 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Unseen's discussion 'Great retorts'
"This one is not politically correct but made me laugh - from Highlander: Detective: "Are you a faggot, Nash?" Nash: "Why, are you cruising for a piece of ass?""
11 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is free will compatible with determinism?'
""we don't attribute free will to the weather, to rocks, to the orbits of the planets, etc" Nor do we attribute other capabilities of the brain such as thinking and perceiving to any of these things. There are many different types of…"
11 hours ago
Simon Mathews replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is free will compatible with determinism?'
""While I grant that people speak of free will in such and such a way, I'm going to define free will as the frosting on a cupcake. There is frosting on the cupcake. Thus, free will exists." This would be a fair point if Dennett defined…"
11 hours ago
Unseen replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is free will compatible with determinism?'
"Davis, the theory can be explained simply: Matter and energy are the same thing. Transformations of each other. Simple as that.  What is hard is a) believing it and b) understanding and b) understanding and believing what it all means.(e.g.,…"
23 hours ago
Pope Beanie replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is free will compatible with determinism?'
"The public (including myself, years ago) has the illusion that one can will one's self to overcome any obstacle, and/or can live on as a conscious entity after body death. This can-do-anything predisposition stems from a false premise, but it…"
yesterday
Pope Beanie replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is free will compatible with determinism?'
"OP (near the end of the post): I think this is part of the problem most people have trying to define for themselves; what "free will" really means. The adult has more choice due to knowledge of available options, but also has less choice…"
yesterday
Unseen replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is free will compatible with determinism?'
"You have granted that free will as I speak of it is the common conception. What follows from that admission is that to redefine free will in some way and defend THAT is to set up a kind of straw man free will, the proof of which would be irrelevant.…"
yesterday
Simon Mathews replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is free will compatible with determinism?'
""Let's backtrack a bit. My conception of free will is pretty simple: it's to consider the proposition that everything that happens follows inevitably from antecedent events governed by physical law, and then to deny that that is…"
yesterday
Simon Mathews replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is free will compatible with determinism?'
"I agree, and have always agreed with this point. That is what most people think of when they consider free will."
yesterday
Unseen replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is free will compatible with determinism?'
"Meaning that there doesn't appear to be room for anything to happen other than what physical law makes happen, and that the brain is subject to physical laws just like anything non-human, and we don't attribute free will to the weather, to…"
yesterday
Unseen replied to Simon Mathews's discussion 'Is free will compatible with determinism?'
"Let's backtrack a bit. My conception of free will is pretty simple: it's to consider the proposition that everything happens follows inevitably from antecedent events, and then to deny that that is true. If you believe in free will, in…"
yesterday

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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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At 8:40am on November 27, 2014, Davis Goodman said…

We are now officially think atheist friends. You know this means you must have me over for a fancy dinner at least once a year right!? :)

 
 
 

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Torture Report release today

Started by Unseen in Ethics & Morals. Last reply by Virgil 33 minutes ago. 106 Replies

Why do we tolerate this?

Started by Belle Rose in Crime and Punishment. Last reply by Belle Rose 53 minutes ago. 18 Replies

East German Shame

Started by Davis Goodman in Law, Trials, and Decisions. Last reply by Simon Mathews 4 hours ago. 10 Replies

In Defense of ‘Islamophobia’

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