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People reject science even when they are informed about it

Started this discussion. Last reply by booklover Jul 8. 16 Replies

Yesterday's New York Times had an interesting article about the collision between belief and fact.…Continue

Iraq eight years ago.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sentient Biped Jul 1. 2 Replies

With all the news about Iraq, I thought it might be interesting to reread Bob Woodward's The War Within to remind myself of where we were then.In the summer of 2006 the Bush administration was facing…Continue

The Hobby Lobby Decision

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Penn Jul 15. 94 Replies

The first thing to note is that this is not a First Amendment case. The Supreme Court did not find the mandate unconstitutional. Instead the Court found that, as applied to closely held family owned…Continue

Hobby Lobby's lobbying for the Bible

Started this discussion. Last reply by James M. Martin Jun 17. 4 Replies

The Green Family, Hobby Lobby billionaires, are using their money to bring the Bible back to America as a reliable historical and spiritual guide. They are putting an estimated $800 million into…Continue

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Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Another syntactically defective sentence. Please explain what you mean."
11 hours ago
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"This would seem to prevent the chemist from saying that carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas. In attempting to distinguish positive and negative properties and to provide positive properties with existence, you will get into enormous…"
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Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Kant settled the question of whether existence can be a predicate in the negative a long time ago. The only philosophers/theologians who want to revive existence as a predicate are those who wish to breathe new life into the ontological argument for…"
23 hours ago
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"The test I proposed might indeed be decided on the basis of consistency, at least assuming the human being was mentally competent. If the same question was repeated at different times and in different ways, you would expect to detect consistency in…"
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Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"In Quine's words, such a bloated ontology is a slum of possibilities and a breeding ground for disorderly elements. The subject is called modal logic because it allows two  modes to logical statements—possibility or…"
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Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"When you speak of someone's ontology, you mean the things he or she considers to exist. Ontology as a subject does mean the study of existence, but the other use is common. Possible worlds is a semantics for modal logic, but is not an ontology…"
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Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"An ontology as big as all outdoors may be difficult to defend. It would appear to imply that anything which can be thought of without contradiction has existence. This conjures up a whole host of things you might not want."
Jul 19
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"You may have a point there. Consider a Turing type test to determine if free will exists. Various options are presented to an unknown entity, perhaps a human, perhaps a computer, and the question is to determine if the answers are determined or…"
Jul 17
Dr. Allan H. Clark replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"There are a few things determinism as a challenge to free  will does not appear to explain. If I wanted to mount a defense of free will, I would challenge determinists to provide a more complete explanation of how choices are made. If…"
Jul 17
Michael Penn replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion The Hobby Lobby Decision
"I agree with Roy Zimmerman. I'm gonna download that song."
Jul 15
Grinning Cat replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion The Hobby Lobby Decision
"Roy Zimmerman's musical take on this: "The Supreme Court Republicans of the United States: SCROTUS!" "...For the company, like a church, has its morality,And no other church sells Elmer's Glue, but that's a…"
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"We lived in my great-aunt's beach house until just before V-E Day in 1945.  Aunt Grace had plenty of money, so the beach house had a private line.  When we moved to this house (yes, I still own the home my parents bought in…"
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Ruth Anthony-Gardner replied to Dr. Allan H. Clark's discussion The Hobby Lobby Decision
"John Oliver shows why Hobby Lobby's arguments were so irrational ... John Oliver showed why the Hobby Lobby case was so mind-numbingly irrational on so many fronts. "
Jul 13

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At 11:41am on June 11, 2013, Luara said…

According to something I found online, the conversation between the robot and its creator is actually in Penrose's Shadows of the Mind, pgs 179-190.  The creator is "Albert Imperator". 

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