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An interesting test of "Free Will".

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Divide and conquer

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Human Evolution: The unfolding tree of 'We'

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Change Congress : the one fight to rule them all

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thewoodenwand replied to Mike Harvison's discussion My little bottle of photons in the group Physicists
"Silver can reflect over 99 percent of light (photons) but at the speed of light reasonable size containers reflect millions of times a day, each time heat is generated by the silvers outer electron orbits absorption of energy. You could give the…"
Feb 19, 2012
thewoodenwand replied to Mike Harvison's discussion My little bottle of photons in the group Physicists
"Your sons idea is called a maser or laser, only single frequency light can be amplified or stored without losing most of it to friction, mirrors or a container not of a frequencies length causes heat (as does all interactions of energy with physical…"
Feb 19, 2012
James M. Martin replied to Mike Harvison's discussion An interesting test of "Free Will".
"This trinity stuff has never been properly explained by any Christian, Catholic or Protestant.  Every word ever spoken about it is mumbo jumbo, idiot glossolalia, and invocations of the Easter Bunny."
Sep 22, 2011
Gila Guerilla replied to Mike Harvison's discussion An interesting test of "Free Will".
"What we can will ourselves to do certainly isn't free, at least it is not without limits. I feel reasonably sure that we would all like to be what we are not in some way, small or large. I'd like to be more friendly, more tolerant, perhaps…"
Aug 12, 2011
Matthew Shafer-Skelton replied to Mike Harvison's discussion An interesting test of "Free Will".
"What you are doing is redefining free will into a concept which no longer resembles the real meaning of free will. Do you not understand that you are not even talking about free will anymore?   As for prescient imagination, its clear that you…"
Jul 19, 2011
Atheist Insurgency replied to Mike Harvison's discussion An interesting test of "Free Will".
"I used to think that I was raised in an un-loving home. I used to have crushes on girls but they never responded positively. In reality I seriously think I am incapable of responding to overtures of "love." The brain chemistry is behind…"
Jul 19, 2011
Mike Harvison added a discussion to the group Atheists Who Don't Hate Religion or Religious People
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Non-overlapping magisteria

"Our failure to discern a universal good does not record any lack of insight or ingenuity, but merely demonstrates that nature contains no moral messages framed in human terms. Morality is a subject for philosophers, theologians, students of the humanities, indeed for all thinking people. The answers will not be read passively from nature; they do not, and cannot, arise from the data of science. The factual state of the world does not teach us how we, with our powers for good and evil, should…See More
Oct 22, 2010
Mike Harvison replied to Parallax's discussion So Darwin... in the group Anthropa
"I just (almost) finished an audio book that describes the cultural legacy concerning God. Quite an interesting book, I was on the last chapter when the license from the local library expired. It was written by Karen Armstrong; "The Case for…"
Oct 12, 2010
Mike Harvison replied to BilLee Miller's discussion Nontheistic Religions that are already out there. in the group Nontheistic Religion
"sounds good, too bad I'm no texan."
Oct 7, 2010
Mike Harvison replied to BilLee Miller's discussion Nontheistic Religions that are already out there. in the group Nontheistic Religion
"Not much there to call a religion. It sound more like a branch of the the Libertarian political party obsessed with cryonics. Just having holidays does not a religion make. Solely on the basis of their top ten movie picks I would have to reject…"
Oct 6, 2010
Mike Harvison replied to Richard Goscicki's discussion From Humanism to Cosmism in the group The New Humanism
"I guess the spirituality comes in when we drop our contrived 'separateness' from the rest of the universe and realize that we are part of that oil spill and the oil spill is part of us. To paraphrase @HowardSDunn How can we say the…"
Aug 1, 2010
Joel Cabides replied to Mike Harvison's discussion An interesting test of "Free Will".
"it would take more than that(hibernating in a shell method) to "reprogram" a person as most if not all of us experienced"
Jul 17, 2010
Atheist Insurgency replied to Mike Harvison's discussion An interesting test of "Free Will".
"I don't think I'm capable because I lack the brain chemistry required for the euphoria that religious people call "spirituality.""
Jul 5, 2010
Arnold replied to Mike Harvison's discussion An interesting test of "Free Will".
"There is a chapter in The Varieties of Religious Experience titled "The Will to Believe." I have not read it for a long time, but I recall that James argues people believe various religious and other rationally questionable propositions…"
Jul 5, 2010
Dave replied to Mike Harvison's discussion An interesting test of "Free Will".
"The assumption that underlies your question sequence, Mike, seems to be that 'believing' is volitional, and as far as I can see, there is no epistemological basis for supposing that that this is possible. We hold propositions to be true or…"
Jul 5, 2010
Atheist Exile replied to Mike Harvison's discussion An interesting test of "Free Will".
"Either free will exists . . . or it doesn't. The fact, either way, is not controversial. Only the confusion is controversial. I say the confusion stems from human hubris. We want to be in charge: God-like. So we claim ourselves as…"
Jul 1, 2010

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On Spirituality

Posted on January 1, 2010 at 12:00pm 2 Comments

Spirituality



Preface

In my opinion spirituality is a facility of the Human mind that arises from neurological processes within our brains. The results of these neurological process are as real to us as any other stimuli in our environment. In this neurological stimulation of our brain I do not accept that gods, ghosts, spirits, daemons or supernatural influence of any other kind are involved.



The Jimi Hendrix Experience

To understand spirituality we must first… Continue

Humanist Prayer

Posted on November 26, 2009 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

Gathered around the table, a family; cobbled together from family, a broken family, a growing family and family-less. Everyone patiently awaiting each and every one to fill their plate and to be seated. Respectfully neglecting the inviting collection of morsels selected from the bounty laid before us. Each in turn took their seat and reverently waited.



It came to me who took seat at last, these being guest at my table. Seeing the expectant faces around I realized that a ritual… Continue

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At 7:46pm on January 2, 2010, Goddess of the Vibes said…
Hi Mike, thanks for the invite.. The family has decended so I will check out for blog post and get back to you on that soon-ish.. I look forward to further chewy discussions. Thanks, Giselle
At 6:47am on October 4, 2009, Leslie said…
Next time someone asks me why I'm an Atheist, I will tell them, "1 Corinthians 13:11" Thank you for this!
 
 
 

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