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On the Tone of Discourse

What is the definition of an irrational opinion?

One cannot produce any reasons for holding it. If one can produce some, it is a rational opinion. 1,013 more words

Punishment and belief in free will

The surprising link between homicide rates and belief in free will.  Do we punish criminals because we believe they freely chose to commit the crimes and so deserve punishment? 48 more words

P3: What Am I?

Fight your fate

Does neuroscience disprove free will?   Julian Baggini’s very nice review of four books about free will, responsibility, and neuroscience. “But perhaps the greatest mystery of free will is how it can be that on both major axes of the debate – whether it exists and whether it matters if it does – intelligent, informed opinion can be found at both ends. 89 more words

P3: What Am I?

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

Atheists can’t Think

I know that sounds harsh and it sounds like I am calling atheists stupid. I am not. You may think I am questioning the logic and reasoning of atheists. 995 more words

Luther contra "Free Will"

“As it is written,” he says, “‘None is righteous, no, not one, no one understands, no one seeks for God. All have turned aside, together they have become worthless’; no one does good, not even one,” and so forth .

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Why we hate lies (and why we should keep on hating lies)

We really hate it when people lie to us. Alarms about the latest lies coming out of Washington, D.C. take up a lot of Twitter space. 341 more words

Human Nature