Yes, the Catholic church threatened the Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny with excommunication if he instigates the abortion reform, where women will be allowed an abortion if it is deemed harmful to the woman's wellbeing.
His response was: “Everybody’s entitled to their opinion here but as explained to the Cardinal and members of the church my book is the constitution and the constitution is determined by the people. That’s the people’s book. We live in a Republic and I have a…Continue
In these discussions about self-determinism, some hard determinists dismissively parade opinion as fact. Their conviction trumps their rational integrity. We all need to be mindful that just about everything to do with free will and determinism is, thus far, a matter of opinion.
Almost 400 years ago, René Descartes claimed that, unlike the human body, the mind has no physical properties or spatial dimension: thus it can not be examined in the same way as the physical body. Today, we…
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I've grown disappointed with philosophers on the subject of free will. The great philosophers of the past knew nothing about the brain. Modern philosophers contradict each other. What I've been trying to do is to stick with the knowledge we have and avoid philosophical entanglements and conjecture as much as possible. However, certain philosophical conundrums must be addressed, such as: (1) the false dichotomy of free will versus causality; (2)…Continue
If God provided proof that he exists, then it would be logical to believe in him. The absence of proof leaves only faith for belief. You do not need faith if you have proof and vice versa. By God’s own choice, he can only be known by faith.
But why have faith in this particular God? If God won’t give us proof, what’s to stop us from believing in Allah or Zeus? To have faith is to deny logic. What alternative is there to logic? How do we think? Mindlessness is the absence…
Ok, so of course I have to start off with why I became a christian in the first place. I was 'saved' when i was 14 at the end of June, right before my first year of high school. During my 6th and 7th grade years, I became very depressed. I had no true interest in life and in was due largely to the fact that I had no plans for my life. I didn't know what I wanted, and basically let everybody else, but myself, make my choices.
My 8th grade year, I went to a new school and was surrounded…Continue
The cells in our cortex are essentially machines ready to be influenced by the world as we are born. A blank slate, if you will. While there is some genetically programmed organization there from embryological development, all areas in the cortex pretty much do the same thing as far as pattern recognition (see YT video of Jeff Hawkins’ (On Intelligence, Hierarchical Temporal Memory)). What makes certain areas of our cortex perform different functions has more to do with which sense organs…Continue
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This is just a very short and simple version of what I have argued as the proper way to understand choice. I believe there is no such thing as freewill. Choice, in my opinion is a causally determined mental calculation that we are all relatively free to make. Freedom and control are relative terms describing a relatioship between entities. Neither can be absolute, ever. Of course we have relative freedom to choose, it is just that that choice is not completely free from anything and not at…Continue
It seems to me that a lot of religious people are confused as to what exactly is a choice and what it means to be able to choose freely.
A choice in it's most basic form is when you are presented with two or more options on how to proceed and you must pic one.
There is a major difference, however, between a free choice and an unfree…Continue
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