Atheist Exile's Blog Posts Tagged 'intelligence' (5)

Self-determinism: Manipulating events

The Internet is amazing. It hosts media of all kinds. Anybody can communicate with anybody. And you can find out anything you want to know. It's huge and complex but we don't need to understand how it works to know that it does. In the same way, we don't need to understand how the brain works to know that it does. Its electro-chemical machinations, while interesting, aren't necessary to understand in order to know that the brain deliberates. That's what it does.

Neuroscience can't yet…

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Added by Atheist Exile on December 12, 2011 at 1:00am — 16 Comments

Dancing with Causality: Purposeful Steps

Dancing with Causality: Purposeful Steps

Free will, in the form of self-determinism, is only a big mystery if you allow your thinking to be governed by the centuries of philosophers who have never managed to figure it out. They've been arguing in circles because they've defined "free will" to fit their premises. This is because they…

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Added by Atheist Exile on December 9, 2011 at 6:02am — 14 Comments

God is logically impossible

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…

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Added by Atheist Exile on August 24, 2011 at 6:17pm — 4 Comments

Free Will: Redux

Many great minds, through the centuries, have tried, without success, to solve the free will versus determinism controversy. I believe this controversy has persisted because it is a false dichotomy stemming from the assumption that free will must be independent of, or opposed to, causality. As I'll try to explain, free will is produced when human intelligence interacts with the world around us (causality). There is no conflict between free will and causality/determinism. No dualism. It's… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on October 1, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Origin of Consciousness and (Human) Intelligence

Considering that the universe is 13.7 billion years old, consciousness and intelligence are relatively new phenomena in the universe. The seeds of these phenomena were planted when life first arose, some 3.7 billion years ago. Life introduced animate beings into a universe that had previously had only inanimate objects.



Life also introduced motility to the universe. Motility is the ability to move in a self-directed way. Motility is probably the root cause of… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on May 27, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments

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