Recently I have been engaged in a discussion with Percival, a liberal Christian, regarding free will and natural determinism. He stated that they were incompatible, whereas I disagreed. Here is a summation of his statement and my own.
I assert that free will and naturalism are completely… Continue
Added by NH Baritone on March 2, 2009 at 8:56am —
but a single pixel in space.
insignificant, or perfectly in place?
multiplying into megascopic reactions.
Little steps taken,
significant, or trite transactions?
I live on this pixel,
this pixel called, “Earth,”
and sometimes I wonder,
what it’s all worth.
Added by TJMorgan on August 12, 2008 at 8:00pm —
I often hear people speaking of how they want to be able to reach their “full” potential, as if they were currently operating at some lesser capacity. How I see it is, we are always operating at our full capacity because we only have one potential. Given the nature of causality, the engine of our deterministic environment, ones actions are determined by the conditions of the environment. There are no choices or options, only illusions of choices. There is only one path, one potential. Out of… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on August 2, 2008 at 10:30am —
Romancing free will is but an attempted love affair, a love affair with one’s self, with control, an effort towards independence from the causal environment. But because we are part of the casual environment, no real betrayal can be made, for any attempt to divorce from ones arranged marriage would be determined by the very union one is attempting to break. We are in wedlock, a civil union where we take on the role of both spouses. Not only are we casualties of our environment but also… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on July 29, 2008 at 8:57am —
Determinism doesn’t give a squat about the meaning of something. It simply acknowledges that the motion of events\actions are due to a perpetual cause and effect relationship.
Those who think there is free-will on the other hand, they claim they have control and choices, that they are free from causality, and have control to work towards some seemingly meaningful purpose. It seems more meaningful to the individual specifically when they think they have control. So among other… Continue
Added by TJMorgan on July 29, 2008 at 8:08am —
Free will is completely necessary within religion, with the most heavy emphasis I've experienced being placed upon Christianity. The Christian god is said to have created Adam and Eve, and given them free will. Were they perfect creations of God? No, apparently not. Their intelligence was incredibly limited and God knew that this free will would bring them into pain and sin, yet he gave it to them anyway. He knew what path every single person on earth would take because of his choice. The… Continue
Added by Saint on July 7, 2008 at 3:29pm —