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by tempogain
April 16th, 2018, 7:08 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 7573

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

In contrast, if their fate is already determined, they will unmotivated to release the button in the most efficacious way and in fact may hope to mess up the last three drops! At any rate, their decision has led to two different futures, and I do not think that they can be compared. Once a decision...
by tempogain
April 7th, 2018, 4:09 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 7573

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

Thank you ever so much for your sympathy. No worries! The fundamental question is why do biological organisms choose what they choose. If I had your genes, environments, nutrients and experiences wouldn't I be you and make your choices? Conversely, if you had my genes, environments, nutrients and e...
by tempogain
April 6th, 2018, 5:05 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 7573

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

OK, I understand. I would argue that it was you who chose to do such things, based on your personality, and it wasn't in any way predestined. It's true you can't do everything that you might want to, and if that distresses you I sympathize with you.
by tempogain
April 5th, 2018, 3:56 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Should Governments regulate fraudulent religions?
Replies: 28
Views: 8886

Re: Should Governments regulate fraudulent religions?

Gnostic Bishop wrote:
When was the last time you saw a Catholic priest or protestant preacher go to court to show why he is lying to his flock?
Can you give me an example of "lying"? I'm not sure we're on the same page here. Strictly speaking lying is not illegal in itself.
by tempogain
April 5th, 2018, 3:54 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 7573

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

I am glad that you are enjoying the ride. Perhaps I am much more distressed by the presence of suffering and injustice than you are. Is there something I can do about it? Then I can do it. If there isn't anything I can do about, then why should I be distressed? Surely there are things that can be d...
by tempogain
April 4th, 2018, 2:08 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 7573

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

I think that everything is proceeding inevitably and we really are prisoners of causality who are doomed to be conceived without consent, doomed to be doing all we do and don't do, doomed to suffer and doomed to die. I know it's not a cheerful thought but I think it's true. It could be. It doesn't ...
by tempogain
April 2nd, 2018, 7:18 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 7573

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

Obviously, I am disappointed that I can't prevent all suffering, etc. I never thought about it, but it would be pretty cool. If all human choices are inevitable according to deterministic interactions of variables we don't choose e.g. genes, environments, nutrients and experiences, are we truly cul...
by tempogain
April 2nd, 2018, 11:28 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real
Replies: 7
Views: 3762

Re: Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real

Oops, misquoted! Hell still exists! I kind of forgot about this aspect of Catholic theology (it's been a while since my indoctrination :smile: ). I like how the Catholics spell everything out clearly.

Hell

The twisted lawyer's logic used is harder to like.
by tempogain
April 2nd, 2018, 11:14 am
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: How can we possibly have free will?
Replies: 41
Views: 7573

Re: How can we possibly have free will?

There are an infinite number of things that I want to do but can't do e.g. go back in time and prevent all suffering, make all beings equally omnibenevolent, omniscient, omnipotent and omniculpable, teleport, resurrect the dead, cure all illnesses, fix the global environment, make poverty history, ...
by tempogain
March 27th, 2018, 4:52 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Should Governments regulate fraudulent religions?
Replies: 28
Views: 8886

Re: Should Governments regulate fraudulent religions?

if there were, why is the first stop of a new president right after the signing in is to a Church? Is this supposed to be an example of a logical fallacy? :) How are the two things related? What kind of thing do you have in mind specifically as fraudulent religious activity? Some things are in fact...