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Is perception necessary for conscious thought?

Started Nov 22, 2012 0 Replies

A mind that has never been stimulated has no basis by which it could learn. My theory is that all thought, knowledge, and imagination, and even the qualia of conscious existence must call upon…Continue

The Origin of Senses

Started this discussion. Last reply by AgeOfAtheists14 Nov 22, 2012. 2 Replies

It is often accepted that the brain interprets perception picked up by sensory organs; yet when a line is drawn in the hand with a finger, it is the hand that feels, not the brain or the back of the…Continue

Most Atheists Are Not Secular Humanists...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jonathan Chang Sep 19, 2012. 16 Replies

...And most Humanists are not freethinkers. Certainly not the likes of PZ Meyer or the more fervent members of Atheist+, or the radical neo-liberal who follow ideology qua religion. I'm definitely…Continue

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Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"This is incorrect. An object exists. Actions, compositions, qualities, interactions, relations don't exist. An object is said to have certain properties. The properties are classifications of senses that describe the object. Properties are not…"
Jul 17
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"No, we are not describing any actual energy with E=MC^2, but the how energy should theoretically relate to mass. It is an a priori conception that requires no empirical observation, unlike the claim "There is a tree" would require the…"
Jul 17
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"The difference is that, for the most part, we are not measuring actual energy when we apply the generalization E=MC^2. These symbols refer to purely theoretical quantities and, while thwy required observation to derive, they require no observation…"
Jul 16
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Do not confuse "is true" with "exists". 1=1 is true. The number 1 does not exist unless you're a metaphysician."
Jul 16
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Energy can be sensed E=MC^2 is a priori."
Jul 16
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"The real problem here is the assumption that non-instinctual, or culturally or politically correct actions constitute free will."
Jul 15
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"You're using different definitions for words like "exists" and "states" without realizing it. A state of the universe could be defined as a particular physical configuration. Only one state exists at any given time, so a…"
Jul 15
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"You can say that determinism exists, but it is not the same "exists" as a ball that you empirically sense. It is true that the "ball" made available to your conscious mind is a conception, but it is based around an observation;…"
Jul 13
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Responsibility here refers to something greater than ethics, but the attribution of some action or property to a subject. I argue that responsibility does not require free will, and such that the assertion that we should not hold a child molester…"
Jul 13
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"If something has a pattern of causing harm, then our pattern if dealing with it might be anger. Neither if these require free will to exist. There is no rational ground to absolve responsibility from the lack of free will, especially when you…"
Jul 11
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"There are two conceptions of 'existence' that you are using interchangeably when they are not. Determinism is not a thing, but the conception, or classification, of events. It does not physically exist. The number '1', which is…"
Jul 11
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"The Libet conclusion is stretching, as all his experiment proved was that different stimuli arrive into fruition at different speeds. That one can appear to change his mind does not proved that the change is uncaused. In fact, we have a large body…"
Jul 11
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"If you agree with the laws of ohysics, either classical physics or quantum physics, then I don't see how you can consistently assert free will."
Jul 11
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Determinism doesn't exist, it is just a logical inevitability of what does exist. It is not a physical observation, but a logical deduction, like quantum mechanics, which makes it no less valid."
Jul 11
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"Actually, I assumed that from the blog you posted earlier. The problem with rejecting determinism out of hand is you get positions like metaphysical libertarianism, which argues that because certain aspects of the world are indeterminate, the…"
Jul 7
Jonathan Chang replied to Anthony Jordan's discussion Free Will [Sam Harris]
"I apologize for misreading your post. You did not say that "Nothing is certain". The first half of my post still stands. The problem with a three-value system is two: 1. An appeal to ignorance should never be used to justify uncertainty.…"
Jul 7

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Determinism and Science

Posted on September 5, 2012 at 7:53pm 9 Comments

I just made a post in the forum that I believe is substantial enough to warrant its own discussion. It is a thought experiment meant to disprove "free will"; it is a mind-bending concept for sure, enough so that I spent time unsuccessfully trying to disprove myself thinking there must be something wrong with my logic. But I can think of no other way. Perhaps you guys could let me know what you think, or if you see any failures in this line of…

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At 3:15pm on June 29, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hello Jonathan 

Welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom --- as you know as an atheist and freethinker like me.

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At 9:49am on June 18, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

 
 
 

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