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by uwot
Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 111
Views: 1034

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

Despite the Christian claim that Free Will allows human behaviour to be "self-determined" it's not true. Free Will is supposed to override reason; this being so, Free Will is random choice. Dunno about this. "Random choice" suggests we have no control. That may be so, but for the purposes of ethics...
by uwot
Sat Jun 15, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 111
Views: 1034

Henry

Two things... 1 Just call me Henry...ain't no need to call me Henry Quirk. Happy to call you Henry, Henry. Just thought that for the benefit of third parties, I'd make it clear who I was talking about. 2 "knuckle draggers that Henry Quirk pretends to be": I don't 'pretend': I 'tailor'. Well yeah, w...
by uwot
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 111
Views: 1034

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

Uwot, physics has a high rate of predictability because the variables of the very small and the very huge are so few as compared with events at our level? Well again, it depends. At the quantum level, individual events have little more than zero predictability. At the very large scale, no one predi...
by uwot
Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 111
Views: 1034

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

Determinism implies that everything that happens happens of necessity. But it does not imply that what will happen can be predicted. Depends on the type of determinism. If it's yer god type determinism then us mortals have no chance of prediction, because of the inscrutable ways of god, and god doe...
by uwot
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 111
Views: 1034

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

Theists believes God created and maintains everything ; i.e. determinism. Well yeah. This is where theists run into a brick wall. On the one hand they wish to believe that some omniscient god knows exactly what we will choose, but insist that we choose to do it freely. Atheists and pantheists belie...
by uwot
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 111
Views: 1034

Re: "Free will was given to man by god."

HexHammer wrote:
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:59 pm
LOL!??!?! ..god didn't want us to have free will, so he forbade us to eat the fruit of wisdom!
Whaddya know? HexHammer has hit the nail on the head. How can any theist maintain that humans freely choose between good and evil if they don't know what either is?
by uwot
Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 569
Views: 5932

Yahweh the hypocrite.

Why is killing a human being wrong? And is that a fact, or an opinion? A fact. It's a fact because the Creator declared our performing of an act of murder to be an act incommensurate with His character. In short, He told us "No." Uh-huh. This from the god who drowned almost the entire human race, i...
by uwot
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Plato was an atheist?
Replies: 23
Views: 423

Re: Plato was an atheist?

Not everything exists in a flux of uncertainty. There is such a thing as calling a spade a spade once in while because that's what it still is, then and now. The thing is I'm not sure that believing that a man could walk on water is a problem. Certainly not in the way that attacks on abortion clini...
by uwot
Sun Jun 02, 2019 6:55 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Plato was an atheist?
Replies: 23
Views: 423

Re: Plato was an atheist?

I've no idea whether Jesus the son of god walked the Earth; I don't think the evidence is very compelling, but I can't rule it out. why not rule it out via convention evidence of common man on the ground. Because the evidence that Jesus was a common man is exactly the same evidence that he was the ...
by uwot
Thu May 30, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION
Replies: 569
Views: 5932

Re: "NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS", HERE'S THE SIMPLE TRUTH ABOUT ABORTION

Not an answer. Third trimester and partial birth abortions are quite common, actually. But even if there was only one, my question is simple: would you regard such an action as immoral? Yes, or no. That's all. How can a procedure done for a medical emergency be 'immoral'? Medical emergencies compri...
by uwot
Thu May 30, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Einstein's train. All change, please.
Replies: 43
Views: 857

Yeah, whatever the truth, it's bonkers.

I mean, what do you think “the tiny-toot theory” is based on? Indeed, I am merely conveying to you precisely what the Many Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics implies. And what it implies is that all 7.7 billion of us humans presently functioning on planet Earth,... (along with everything we...
by uwot
Thu May 30, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Einstein's train. All change, please.
Replies: 43
Views: 857

Re: Einstein's train is running away again.

Sorry old bean, but there seems to be a problem with your page numbering. Well, the version on the blog isn't the finished product, but if you click on one of the images you get them in their full glory, and at the bottom you can scroll through all the pages and it is the number there I was referri...
by uwot
Thu May 30, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Religion
Replies: 127
Views: 1469

Re: Religion

uwot wrote: So ya see Mr Can's god is Mr Can. That's okay as long as he recognises it and recognises each person's god pertains to that person only. God is subjective and often in important respects is intersubjective. Nobody should coerce (or indoctrinate) others to believe in their god. Well said...
by uwot
Thu May 30, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Philosophy of Science
Topic: Einstein's train. All change, please.
Replies: 43
Views: 857

Einstein's train is running away again.

...time is change... Bingo! Pretty much what I say in the book. (Anyone remember that?) There is no more evidence that time is "noumenal" than there is for god. That's not to say that they don't exist, but we can happily get along without either. In the case of 'time' we are not measuring any 'flow...
by uwot
Thu May 30, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Religion
Replies: 127
Views: 1469

Mr Can is god.

If a God is absent in the physical sense to us, what potential evidence suffices to determine THAT some being even exists at all? All it means is, if it exists you admit you know nothing about that; but that someone else might. This tells you pretty much everything you need to know about Mr Can. He...