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Simply Matter in Motion?

Ultimately, on materialism, everything boils down to matter in motion. Making value judgments about matter in motion is meaningless. But if everything is matter in motion, then there doesn’t seem to be any way to make value judgments. 100 more words


The Descent and Ascent of Man

When Charles Darwin wrote The Descent of Man[i], the title was a play on words. In the context of the book, Darwin meant the word in the sense of “derivation from an ancestor”; “the fact or process of originating from an ancestral stock”; and/or “the shaping or development in nature and character by transmission from a source”. 1,486 more words


Questions on Morality and the Materialist

In a naturalistic world in which there is nothing supernatural, nothing other than the material world, and everything there is can be summed up by what we can touch, see, hear, feel and measure, survival of the fittest reigns. 1,281 more words


The Hidden Spring

There was once a powerful dictator who ruled his country with an iron will. Every aspect of life was thought through and worked out according to a rational system. 838 more words


Daniel Dennett's Science of the Soul

Long write-up in The New Yorker

Dennett does not believe that we are “mere things.” He thinks that we have souls, but he is certain that those souls can be explained by science.

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Two Kinds of Mind: Dennett and Scruton

Nicely balanced review of Dennett and Scruton’s latest books. We need both approaches. See article in Standpoint.

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There's Something About Mary

Galen Strawson revisits Frank Jackson’s thought experiment in a final draft made available here. For those not familiar with this thought experiment, Galen sets it up quickly and clearly. 81 more words

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