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by Emma Woolgatherer
April 11th, 2012, 6:30 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 22134

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

I have watched the Marcus du Sautoy (MS) video again (actually I think this was Simon Pegg playing a nutty professor!). The comments of John-Dylan Haynes (JDH) seemed actually to nullify those of MS: some of the former's phrases clearly rejected the nonsensical dualistic implications of MS that he ...
by Emma Woolgatherer
April 11th, 2012, 3:52 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Henny Penny
Replies: 968
Views: 114981

Re: Henny Penny

shitty city?
by Emma Woolgatherer
April 3rd, 2012, 6:10 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 22134

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

[T]here is something in the charge that compatibilists seek to justify MR by some vague thing called FW - tho' I am not sure that I think people do deserve to be punished for misdeeds, only that maybe they lose the right not to be punished (I must have said that many times). Most people do believe ...
by Emma Woolgatherer
April 2nd, 2012, 4:34 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 22134

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

Daniel Dennett is a compatibilist. He explained his position in 'Freedom Evolves'. It didn't make sense to me. It's possible that he is right and the hard determinists are wrong ... OK. Good. That's all I wanted to establish. You are an agnostic about this too. ... but strangely enough, hard determ...
by Emma Woolgatherer
April 2nd, 2012, 1:52 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 22134

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

if I said that FW was a function of consciousness I was not speaking very precisely. You mentioned it in the context of cats and dogs, which you thought had a "modest amount" of free will. What you said was: "But I am not saying that dogs have free will because they are trainable; cats have about t...
by Emma Woolgatherer
April 1st, 2012, 8:09 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Henny Penny
Replies: 968
Views: 114981

Re: Henny Penny

Tetenterre wrote:
Nick wrote:I was thinking of smelly Nellie..... :exit:
Ah. Literary allusion? Messed up my parting as it flew overhead... :wink:
I think Nick's talking about my moderately small dog. Normally the adjective would be apt, but she has just had a bath and right now smells luvverly. :D

Emma
by Emma Woolgatherer
March 31st, 2012, 7:29 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Grammer and phrases wot is irritating
Replies: 388
Views: 77424

Re: Grammer and phrases wot is irritating

[To Nick] You dirty old man! [-X
by Emma Woolgatherer
March 31st, 2012, 6:47 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 22134

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

Being able to predict which of the two buttons (left or right) will be pressed is pretty impressive. I agree. Where did you get the 60% from? My memory. But there's a reference to it in this Nature article: "Neuroscience vs philosophy: Taking aim at free will" : "Haynes's 2008 study modernized the ...
by Emma Woolgatherer
March 31st, 2012, 3:32 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Lord's prayer should be taught in schools says Archbishop
Replies: 6
Views: 799

Re: Lord's prayer should be taught in schools says Archbishop

:D x 2 Just face it son The days of superstition and myth are nearly done Not so fast, Lifey! I hate to spoil the mood, but I heard this on Today this morning, and was amazed, not at what the archbish said about the Lord's Prayer, but at the fact that another finding was mentioned but ignored. Accor...
by Emma Woolgatherer
March 31st, 2012, 2:56 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 22134

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

It has been suggested that the self is an illusion, not an entity. Two words: false dichotomy. Would you like to expand? Oh, I am expanding, daily. To expand on the topic of the self would take a book. Fortunately, one has already been written: The Ego Trick , by Julian Baggini. I recommend it. Do ...
by Emma Woolgatherer
March 31st, 2012, 2:04 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 22134

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

Mind you, I have not yet viewed the video that Emma recommends watching...[later, more than 6 seconds] still don't know what the fuss is about Note that I wasn't making a fuss about it. I've always been quite cautious about using these experiments as supporting evidence, and I still am. What I foun...
by Emma Woolgatherer
March 31st, 2012, 12:46 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 22134

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

I'm a smoker and manage the cognitive dissonance with no problem. I don't want to quit smoking, but am almost bullied the very few times I have to see my GP. Although I know it is bad for me and may lead to an earlier death I choose to continue smoking. I have the option to access the nicotine patc...
by Emma Woolgatherer
March 30th, 2012, 8:21 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 22134

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

:laughter:

I visited the hydroponicum there once, and fell in love with the place. Not sure I'm hardy enough to live there permanently, though.

Mind you, not sure I'm hardy enough to live in Peckham. :exit:
by Emma Woolgatherer
March 30th, 2012, 5:34 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 22134

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

I have no doubt said this before, but I do not feel challenged by this research, partly because if one thinks of many actions one realises that they are not preceded by conscious decisions (and therefore to find out that scientific research confirms this is not a surprise). I refer mainly to fairly...
by Emma Woolgatherer
March 30th, 2012, 5:02 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 22134

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

Compassionist wrote:It has been suggested that the self is an illusion, not an entity.
Two words: false dichotomy.

Emma
by Emma Woolgatherer
March 30th, 2012, 10:40 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 22134

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

What makes something possible but extremely difficult? Can you give me some examples? How do you know that these things are even possible? Very good questions. We use the word "possible" when something appears to be possible from our own perspective at this particular time. For instance, if I'm goi...
by Emma Woolgatherer
March 30th, 2012, 9:33 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 22134

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

Could a different choice have been made by me or anyone else given the same variables? I can't see how. Isn't a choice the inevitable outcome of the interaction of the variables? I have analysed the thought process behind many of my choices and I can't see how any of them could have been different....
by Emma Woolgatherer
March 29th, 2012, 12:11 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 22134

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

The omniverse is hypothetical. I know. I was just trying to get into the spirit of it. :wink: In my short story, the "Omniverse Forever", the protagonist has a great time being omnibenevolent, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent and omniculpable. Gosh! Doesn't sound like my idea of a great time. :D...
by Emma Woolgatherer
March 29th, 2012, 10:46 am
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Henny Penny
Replies: 968
Views: 114981

Re: Henny Penny

Damn your abbey, Hammurabi?
Oh, pooh! I was just about to say that!
by Emma Woolgatherer
March 28th, 2012, 4:53 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?
Replies: 172
Views: 22134

Re: Do/can we have free will and moral responsibility?

How do you know that the causal universe is all there is? I am a strong agnostic regarding the ultimate nature of reality. It is entirely possible that there are an infinite number of universes in the omniverse and all possibilities are actualised in these infinite number of universes. In that case...