"Donald is right about the "trick question" nature of free will. The problem is that in the popular imagination, free will is confused with ideas of "rights" that people supposedly have, and takes the form "I have the will to…"
"I do not think so. The problem is that Russia never reconciled itself to being a second-rate empire, not ever and not now. Putin is trying hard to maintain the illusion of Russian superiority by appeals to nationalistic and ethnic stupidity. All of…"
"Tony - Yes, atheists have done some bad things. That's just being human. However, no atheist that I know of has done it in the name of atheism. Theists like to point to Mao or Stalin, but they did their bad deeds in the name of communism, not…"
"It is legal because most of the regents are business people, having nothing to do with education, and business people are emboldened by the current political climate allowing privatization of almost everything. The corporations are in almost…"
"I will be giving a talk related to my book "The Humanism of Doctor Who" at the July Bookclub Lecture of the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego. The event will be Sunday, July 31, 1:30 pm at the Rancho Bernardo Branch of the San Diego Public…"
"And now we'll have to wait until November to find out how John Hurt is as "The Doctor." I hope he gets some serious time. We were cheated when got only 5 minutes of Derek Jacobi as The Master. Oh, what a Master he could have been."
"Your answers are very good. I doubt Dr. Saunders will actually take time to consider them. These questions are really just tired theological justifications, the same ones trotted out by half-scholars like William Lane Craig, formulated into…"
"An increasing number of animal studies are trending in this direction, that nature provides the environment for an evolutionary development of basic ethics. This is beginning to tie into brain studies showing that some behaviors thought…"
"You are probably right about a narrow ruling. The final verdict for this session may be simply that the Federal government cannot deny federal benefits to same-sex couples legally married. The California Prop. 8 ruling may likely be no ruling, send…"
Hi David, and welcome to this friendly meeting place where we recognise--as freethinking atheists do--that gods are phoney and religion is used to control people;
and how tragic and inexcusable it is that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and more.