18 September, 2012

How I Chose To Argue For Free Will | The American Catholic

How I Chose To Argue For Free Will | The American Catholic

6 comments:

  1. "Atheist: there’s no such thing as free will. Everything you do is already predetermined."

    Predeterminism is more the domain of Calvinism, not atheism. Sam Harris in his recent monograph (less a book) details some of the recent findings in neuroscience where our consciousness appears to be not the cause of our own volition. Indeed in some cases decisons being made by subjects can be discerned before the subject is aware of them.

    The jury is still out on the science, being such a new field, but it is appearing that our concept of free will is an illusion of our minds where as the decisions are made in our brain outside of our consciousness.

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    1. Rationalist, You are as full of it as usual. IF FREE WILL does not exist, then you do not exist. You are just the result of my bad imagination !

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    2. Gib Quinn - That's solipsism (a word I can never spell but fortunately others have compiled dictionaries so I can look up the spelling).

      My point, and I did say the jury is still out on this is that the agent of free will may not be us, our consciousness, but exists deeper than that in our brain.

      To make this observation and then be attacked in such a way is telling on who strongly you must cling to the concept of free will. Bit then perhaps you don't have a choice in the matter.

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    3. You should change your handle to the Irrational one- that would be more accurate.
      My free will allows me to say this, and my brain agrees with my free will. Both, I believe, are pleasing to God!
      The two of you and your over-the-back-fence conversations are getting even more laufable ! Try Immodium to block it !

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  2. "Atheist: there’s no such thing as free will. Everything you do is already predetermined."

    Predeterminism is more the domain of Calvinism, not atheism. Sam Harris in his recent monograph (less a book) details some of the recent findings in neuroscience where our consciousness appears to be not the cause of our own volition. Indeed in some cases decisons being made by subjects can be discerned before the subject is aware of them.

    The jury is still out on the science, being such a new field, but it is appearing that our concept of free will is an illusion of our minds where as the decisions are made in our brain outside of our consciousness.

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  3. Interesting article.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/us/historian-says-piece-of-papyrus-refers-to-jesus-wife.html

    Very speculative. Maybe I should read Dan Brown's Da Vinci code after all.

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