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Free Will: (Literally) An Intelligent Choice

It seems nobody agrees on just what free will is. But no matter how you perceive it, free will must involve volitional choice at some point.To me, free will is self-determinism and arises naturally from "reciprocal causation" (a.k.a. feedback loop). Read "Free Will Without Dualism" for a full explanation.See More
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Free Will: (Literally) An Intelligent Choice

It seems nobody agrees on just what free will is. But no matter how you perceive it, free will must involve volitional choice at some point.To me, free will is self-determinism and arises naturally from "reciprocal causation" (a.k.a. feedback loop). Read "Free Will Without Dualism" for a full explanation.See More
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kent l thompson commented on Atheist Exile's blog post Morality, Survival and Religion
"Is there even such a thing as morality? I think morality is for those who wish to judge and condone the things that one wants........morality to me is like god......created by man to meet his wants and needs........"
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Atheist Exile commented on Atheist Exile's blog post Morality, Survival and Religion
"Because of our advanced intelligence (compared to other animals), humans are capable of innumerably more things than animals. Many (most?) of these things raise moral issues. In medicine, genetics, industry and the military, for instance, complex…"
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"One can play with the scenario and make it 3:1 or 3:2 instead of 5:1, and then reassess the situation, choice.  In most cases the least number of victims would be chosen, though one could change the situation by making Track 1 victims  3…"
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Dyslexic's DOG commented on Atheist Exile's blog post Morality, Survival and Religion
"Though, the problem with having higher intelligence in many situations where moral and ethical decisions are required, is that too often we don't utilize the higher intellect.   Because many such situations are often emotionally charged,…"
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"AE: I wasn't attempting to imply that my thoughts are yours, and am not sure how you saw what I said as putting words in your mouth.  I'm trying to understand and help frame the conversation, and simply asking whether I have your…"
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At 1:41pm on June 29, 2013, Homer Edward Price said…

I would appreciate any comment you might have on my discussion, "Hard Determinism is Untestable."  Thanks.

At 6:44am on August 5, 2011, Sekharan Karuthedath said…
Have a great atheistic weekend. Whats John Lennon doing on your tool bar, he may feel the odd man out, if he was alive.
At 10:03am on May 15, 2011, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
Greetings, Atheist Exile! I'd like to invite you to a group where we talk about anything on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D
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Happened to click on your page and its random song selector selected Van Morrison's "And it Stoned me."

Having an exceptionally shitty start to my day, that song somehow totally cheered me up and mellowed me out. No idea why, but ... thanks. To you and NING's random music selector!

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It never really became a discussion. The members who were in both the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life groups at the same time threw a fit so the admins removed it.
At 9:36pm on July 30, 2010, Roy The Infidel said…
Hey, FT. Read your recent discussion post. Interesting. I am still thinking about it.
At 11:38pm on May 22, 2010, Roy The Infidel said…
How's it goin in Cebu, FT?
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Kilroy was here.


Thanks for the add, FT. You vacationing in Cebu at the moment?
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Cool. For some reason I assumed it was you in the picture, but I guess it isn't. See you around!

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Morality, Survival and Religion

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 2:00am 31 Comments

Martin Luther King Jr.

Morality is a human construct, by and for humans. If not, we'd have to get it from a natural source . . . or a supernatural one. I'm an atheist, so a supernatural source isn't a serious alternative to me. That leaves one alternative: Nature. But I can't detect the slightest whiff of morality in nature. Mother nature is red in tooth and claw. She is indifferent to violence,…

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Free Will Without Dualism

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 8:00am 29 Comments

Reductionism

I hope to persuade hard (absolute) determinists that their position is based on a false dichotomy. Determinism does not preclude free will. It's not either/or: there are other possibilities. I am presenting, here, one of those other possibilities. It's a model based on reciprocal causality. It doesn't claim to have proof: we know too little about the brain to prove how any…

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The first Humanist Congress held in Cebu, PH

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 2:00pm 1 Comment

The Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society(PATAS) and the International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organization (IHEYO) invite you to join a three-day conference on Humanism scheduled on June 21-23, 2013 in Cebu City, Philippines. The conference will tackle human rights issues affecting our…

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Family Feud: Devil trumps God

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 11:50pm 0 Comments

This video is full of surprises.

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A Full Life: Oldie but Goodie

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 12:59am 0 Comments

My brother sent this to me. I had never seen it before even though it's been circulating for some time. I thought that I'd post it here in case you've never seen it either.

 


The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Cups of Coffee

 

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his…

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Why Harris Lost the "Is Good from God?" debate to Craig

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 10:02am 11 Comments

 

I just stumbled upon a year-old YouTube video named, “Sam Harris gets destroyed by Dr. William Lane Craig”. It’s the 2-hour University of Notre Dame debate held on April 7, 2011, between Harris and Craig. It was titled: “The God Debate II: Is Good from God?” The video can be found at the bottom of this page.

And guess what? Harris really was destroyed by Craig!…

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Maps: Comparison of Beliefs

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 7:07am 1 Comment

The following maps were originally published by the London Times Faith Central blog. It's an interesting contrast between religion and science.

 

As much as we hear about U.S. Christians pushing I.D. in public schools and building multi-million dollar creation-themed parks, it's good to…

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Pat Condell's latest (110th) video and transcript: Hello Saudi Arabia

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

Hello Saudi Arabia

by Pat Condell, May 2, 2012 (#109)

Transcribed by AtheistExile.com

I’ve had a few emails, recently, from people in Saudi Arabia who seem genuinely puzzled about why I criticize their country. A country,…

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Slam Dunking God

Posted on April 30, 2012 at 1:30pm 3 Comments

The naturalist understanding of morality asserts that we have evolved empathy as an impetus to cooperation. Combined with personal experience, empathy leads most of us to a "Golden Rule" sense of morality. From experience, I know what hurts me: with empathy, I know the same things likely hurt you too. Experience and empathy is all we need to decide most moral matters. "Do unto…

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Religious Thinking and Simple Minds

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 5:00am 5 Comments

I am treated as evil by people who claim that they are being oppressed

because they are not allowed to force me to practice what they do.” ~D. Dale Gulledge

 

 

Ignorance is our natural state: we were born that way. We learn what we know as…

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