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Re: Free will

The MOOC course offered by MIT on the subject of philosophy had a section devoted to free will and conclusively showed that free will is impossible if determinism is true, and, as a follow-on that morality is impossible if there is no free will. They also demonstrated that if determinism is true, th...
by Bill
Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:43 am
 
Forum: Philosophy
Topic: Free will
Replies: 2268
Views: 59690

Re: Free will

The online MIT MOOC course on philosophy argues that if determinism is true, free will is false but it is still possible to provide logical cases where people are still accountable for their actions. But only if determinism is true is free will necessarily false. For those who are agnostic over free...
by Bill
Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:11 pm
 
Forum: Philosophy
Topic: Free will
Replies: 2268
Views: 59690

Re: Worst US President ever.

Whenever a country suffers a major breakdown in its political system, there arises a possibility of armed conflict between its peoples. There is no blame game that works for the USA right now - just two huge disconnected factions who both say words to the effect of "Our opponents are too stupid...
by Bill
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:24 pm
 
Forum: Political and Social Discussions
Topic: Worst US President ever.
Replies: 21
Views: 688

Re: Worst US President ever.

The right wing media is urging its followers to properly protect themselves against the ever increasing violence inflicted on right wing supporters by a liberal left mob who are out to remove Trump by lethal force. So while I agree there is about a 10% chance of an exchange of Nukes between N. Korea...
by Bill
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:55 am
 
Forum: Political and Social Discussions
Topic: Worst US President ever.
Replies: 21
Views: 688

Re: The case for a non-interventionist God

The case that non-intervention theism is nonsense has not much stuffing in it. Pointing out that religion is, in the main, stark raving mad is a case against intervention theism. The case that intervention theism is nonsense has far better legs. In my opinion.
by Bill
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:09 pm
 
Forum: Deism, Theism & Atheism: God Talk
Topic: The case for a non-interventionist God
Replies: 20
Views: 225

Re: The case for a non-interventionist God

Our stupid, stupid ancestors making the default nothing when there is no such thing as empty space. Sheesh! They should all have been taken out at the crack of dawn and shot for being so stupid. And then hung, drawn and quartered as well - that would have taught them.
by Bill
Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:17 am
 
Forum: Deism, Theism & Atheism: God Talk
Topic: The case for a non-interventionist God
Replies: 20
Views: 225

Re: The case for a non-interventionist God

If a cubit meter of "hard" vacuum has in it four atoms, two cosmic rays and 18 photons: what word would you use to describe the space between those bits that show it is not completely empty? We seem to have hit another problem with language invented for humans to use to be too inexact for ...
by Bill
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:56 am
 
Forum: Deism, Theism & Atheism: God Talk
Topic: The case for a non-interventionist God
Replies: 20
Views: 225

Re: The Science Delusion

I think that if the human language was capable of giving a complete description of qualia, the problems of humans being able to understand human brain activity would go away. And while we are stuck with only human language at our disposal, semantic squabbles over definitions will continue down throu...
by Bill
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:51 am
 
Forum: Philosophy
Topic: The Science Delusion
Replies: 36
Views: 1172

Re: Worst US President ever.

Trump claimed he could have shot someone in Times Square in front of thousands of witnesses and not lose any voters. We may be watching him test out the reality of his notion: and the victim of his gun fire just happens to be Lady Liberty, a long standing enemy of his. At the moment World War III se...
by Bill
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:47 am
 
Forum: Political and Social Discussions
Topic: Worst US President ever.
Replies: 21
Views: 688

Re: The case for a non-interventionist God

Empty space is space that contains nothing. Or, if you will, space is full of nothingness. I might have an odd definition of "nothing" - the absence of something But from a pragmatical point of view it does explain why there is more empty space than filled space in an efficient manner, and...
by Bill
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:39 am
 
Forum: Deism, Theism & Atheism: God Talk
Topic: The case for a non-interventionist God
Replies: 20
Views: 225
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