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Eternal Childhood

Started this discussion. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 23, 2013. 4 Replies

  This is not science, but I have often wondered if the length of time it takes to raise a child and launch him or her into adulthood may have something to do with our apparent need for religion. God…Continue

Free Will. Do You Have a Choice?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matt--Lukin Oct 24, 2013. 188 Replies

Christopher Hitchens once averred that you don't.  Religionists claim that it is divinely endowed. Others claim that all are freelancers subject to subornation by others. Your thoughts?Continue

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Nov 25, 2013
Matt--Lukin replied to Christopher Lowe's discussion Free Will. Do You Have a Choice?
"I entirely agree with Allan's statement, especially with the portion concerning Harris' rumination on the "murderer." Robert Anton Wilson once said, "Any description of the universe which leaves you out is inaccurate,…"
Oct 24, 2013
Homer Edward Price replied to Christopher Lowe's discussion Free Will. Do You Have a Choice?
"I can only applaud your statement, Dr. Clark."
Oct 24, 2013
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Christopher Lowe's discussion Free Will. Do You Have a Choice?
"I'm not certain that quantum uncertainty is the key to answering the question of free will, but there are a few points to be made in this discussion that might reduce difficulties. 1. Heisenberg uncertainty is a mathematical property of wave…"
Oct 24, 2013
Homer Edward Price replied to Christopher Lowe's discussion Free Will. Do You Have a Choice?
"My take on Dennett, though I am by no means an expert on his philosophy, is that he chose to build his theory on the only truly deterministic version of evolutionary theory, that of fellow atheist Richard Dawkins.   Dawkins focuses on the…"
Oct 24, 2013
Atheist Exile replied to Christopher Lowe's discussion Free Will. Do You Have a Choice?
"There's always been this cognitive dissonance between free will and God's attributes (omniscience). It's almost impossible to avoid contradictions. St. Augustine was no exception. He was, nonetheless, the leading proponent of the…"
Oct 24, 2013
Homer Edward Price replied to Christopher Lowe's discussion Free Will. Do You Have a Choice?
"Thank you for the clarification, Dennis.  I tend to agree with what you say.  It leads me to a thought, however, about the question of whether we can change the future.   We are doing so right now. In our godlike creation of a world…"
Oct 24, 2013
Michael Penn replied to Christopher Lowe's discussion Free Will. Do You Have a Choice?
"I follow a lot of what Michio Kaku says on You Tube. He makes sense to me."
Oct 24, 2013
Atheist Exile replied to Christopher Lowe's discussion Free Will. Do You Have a Choice?
"Yes, Loren, I think hard determinists are behind the curve where free will is concerned. Yet many physicists are hard determinists. I really believe this is a result of their penchant for material reductionism. Physics is "root science"…"
Oct 24, 2013
Atheist Exile replied to Christopher Lowe's discussion Free Will. Do You Have a Choice?
Oct 24, 2013
Atheist Exile replied to Christopher Lowe's discussion Free Will. Do You Have a Choice?
"No Matt, The reason quantum mechanics undermines determinism is because QM is inherently indeterministic: random and chaotic. This is, apparently, the real nature of the quantum realm and not just a human inability to predict quantum states. But the…"
Oct 24, 2013
Matt--Lukin replied to Christopher Lowe's discussion Free Will. Do You Have a Choice?
"I'm not sure how one could make the argument with quantum mechanics that "nothing is absolutely certain." I've never really understood that, and I'm not sure many people do. Are you trying to say that  biology is a…"
Oct 24, 2013
Loren Miller replied to Christopher Lowe's discussion Free Will. Do You Have a Choice?
"Which further begs the questions: How deterministic is Heisenberg Uncertainty Same notation regarding Brownian motion And while we're at it, how about Chaos Theory? And on a completely unrelated note, I am reminded of that great philosopher…"
Oct 24, 2013
Matt--Lukin replied to Christopher Lowe's discussion Free Will. Do You Have a Choice?
"Well, in the eastern view, there's no "orchestrator" and it is, like you said, happening in and of itself, it is a principle in nature, a "cosmic law," if you will. So, there's no one who "started it,"…"
Oct 24, 2013
Atheist Exile replied to Christopher Lowe's discussion Free Will. Do You Have a Choice?
"That is the conclusion you're lead to if you think only in terms of classical mechanics and simple, fixed, linear, causality. However, with quantum mechanics, nothing is absolutely certain. Quantum mechanics doesn't validate free will but…"
Oct 24, 2013
Michael Penn replied to Christopher Lowe's discussion Free Will. Do You Have a Choice?
"In the bible itself one of the worries of JHVH was that if the humans ate of the tree "they will become like us knowing good and evil." This is in the plural for a reason, and it's also about man "becoming god" or he is…"
Oct 24, 2013

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At 1:56am on September 16, 2013, Patricia said…

Hey Christopher.....been through Vernon several times by Greyhound. My daughter lives in West Kelowna.

I have never made my atheism a secret, & I hope I've made people realize I am not the scum of the earth. I would like to see more people ''come out'' though.

At 5:20pm on July 1, 2013, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi  Christopher  
Welcome to this internet world of rationality and peace, of common sense and freethinking wisdom. 
You are invited to join the friendly busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 800 discussion topics and 3860 members.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin
Terry

 
 
 

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