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Crosstown Traffic: An Analogy

Suppose we were to look down on Manhattan from outer space. With a good telescope, we may be able to make out streams of cars zipping back and forth along the avenues. 419 more words

Do you have free will? You'd better believe it

Do you have free will? It’s the only choice.  Nice review by John Tierney of ideas about free will.

How do philosophers’ and scientists’ theories about free will line up with what people actually think about it? 106 more words

P3: What Am I?

Welcome to the New Age.

The Thesis of Resistance.

The Antithesis of Repression.

The Synthesis of Revolt.

-The defining Dialectic of the Postmodern period.-

Is this  the future we want?  It does not have to be this way. 32 more words


My Thought Experiment on Hard Determinism

Consider two hypothetical rooms that are exactly the same in every way down to the subatomic and quantum level. If you were to make an exact copy of a person in the same way and similarly place each of them in a room, would they remain in synch? 91 more words


Slaughterhouse V Analysis

Kurt Vonnegut demonstrates in his novel, Slaughterhouse V or The Children’s Crusade, that the soldiers in the American army during World War II were not in control of their own actions and were stripped of all free will whilst under the command of German troops. 749 more words


Inspiration as Slavery

Even the most rabid critics of formalism are forced to admit that there are formal demands which a work cannot elude. Responding to those who were trying to confound inspiration, liberty, chance and the dictates of the unconscious, the terms that Raymond Queneau employed in 1938 are well known: “… inspiration which consists in blind obedience to every impulse is in reality a sort of slavery. 69 more words


Does Micro-indeterminism entail Macro-indeterminism?

A professor of mine, with whom I habitually disagree (much to his pretended ‘chagrin’ and our mutual amusement), has argued previously, and again recently, that even if indeterminism were true at the micro-level, for instance at the level of quantum mechanics, that would do nothing to make macro-determinism infeasible, where macro-determinism means something like: for every macro-physical event E, either (i) there is always exactly one macro-physical event E* from which E followed deterministically, or at least (ii) E, if it is not preceded by any physical events, deterministically entails all proceeding macro-physical events. 3,164 more words