"Hello fellow freethinkers, my name's Patrick. I support individuals, businesses, and organizations with their creative and technical challenges. Check out my website at WorkingMatterVA.com. Allow me to help you out with graphic design, setting…"
"I appreciated the talk, as well as the civility in the discussion. I'm always appreciative when another can disagree entirely, and at the same time not take my criticism too personally as well as stay calm and collected even if the…"
"That people are smart. They probably understand that our discussion will not lead anywhere truly productive, as we are speaking different languages. A large portion of our issue is with differing semantics, the other part is with our differing…"
"My mission is to USE logic to explain why such things as free will are not only incoherent, but how the belief in it also lead to extremely dangerous, harmful, egocentric, thoughts that allow for great inequalities, placing blame on those that are…"
"As you can see, no holes were poked. If anything, by you suggesting a cause can have multiple possible outcomes (and therefore a self-contradictory cause can exist), it is your epistemological standard that needs to be addressed. Also keep in…"
"I'm not really parsing this sentence. Most philosophy of mind I've ever come across explains how consciousness could arise through the evolutionary process. These things are part of each other.
Anyway, like I said, I really don't…"
"I think its more likely that, at the quantum scale, the universe is non-locally deterministic. That being said, I do not know that for sure, so I make my conclusions on if the universe is deterministic, AND if it is indeterministic. Modal…"
"When the majority of the world inherently feels they have "free will", it is anything but a straw-man or something just erected by philosophers. Philosophers are addressing very real, existent beliefs inherent in most people. Beliefs…"
"I'd like to think I'm quite open-minded, and I think my leaning toward some really unpopular philosophies (not just my hard incompatibilism re. "free will", but a whole host of others) accounts for that - as I only lean toward…"
"I'm absolutely content with opposition, in fact I love criticism. Especially if it attempts to invoke analytic logic or science. When it doesn't, however, I'd suggest there may be an impasse as I probably won't agree with the…"
"I'm not really sure how this is "paradoxical". Just because questions are being asked or pondered does not make those questions, or even answers to those questions necessarily a "paradox".
How is the rock rolling down the…"
"I agree, our disagreements stem from our differing epistemological standards. Where as you think:
I think our current modes of induction and deduction can (or rather should) decide these beliefs (or lack of beliefs). Philosophy is about modes of…"
"Awesome, a fellow writer. I can appreciate your determiniation. :)
I find your window talk very poetic. In that way it's rather nice. I do find this type of prose a little inappropriate for a philosophical topic.
I think your list (linked at…"
"Let's hope we don't find any! The best case scenario is that we are the only planet that has conscious creatures which has (and still does) endure the nasty process of natural selection. The worst case is that the universe is…"
"Sorry that this is going to be long winded...but you said a lot that needs addressing. Again, please do not take my criticisms personally. Think of a relaxed calm taking voice discussing this with you rather than arguing. :D
And with that, here we…"