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by Belinda
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 189
Views: 3975

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

Immanuel Can wrote: So Flew says we have to be careful not to presume that the "diodes, lithium and printed circuit boards" are the total reasons for the existence of a voice on a cell phone. Just so, I would suggest, we have to be careful not to assume without proof that neurons and electro-chemica...
by Belinda
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: An act of God
Replies: 73
Views: 1220

Re: An act of God

Immanuel Can wrote: For there are only two alternatives: random chance, and deliberate arrangement. If any modicum of planning, intention, direction, purpose or volition was involved in creating the universe, then you are positing some kind of supernatural intelligence, or "god". You cannot opt for ...
by Belinda
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: An act of God
Replies: 73
Views: 1220

Re: An act of God

There are three hypotheses:- Immanuel Can wrote, initially quoting me: 1 God made order from chaos. 2. Nature made order from chaos. Well, we must be careful not to imagine "nature" refers to some intelligence capable of creating a universe. If it means that, then you're back to God -- a supernatura...
by Belinda
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: An act of God
Replies: 73
Views: 1220

Re: An act of God

Immanuel Can wrote: "Why was there such a thing as a football, a window, a glass, a vicar, repairmen, and a coherent universe in which they could discuss causes and effects in rational manner?" There are three hypotheses:- 1 God made order from chaos. 2. Nature made order from chaos. 3. Man made ord...
by Belinda
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: What is it Like to be a Dragonfly?
Replies: 5
Views: 290

Re: What is it Like to be a Dragonfly?

The first line of the article is already problematic. Asking "how the world really is" implies that there is an objective world 'out there' that can't be perceived by anyone. An ineffable status, akin to belief in a deity. Deity is often basically order or structure. Apollo. I don't know of any dei...
by Belinda
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 189
Views: 3975

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

Immanuel it's difficult to discuss anything serious when we don't same the same lexicon so I think I'd better leave the discussion for now.
by Belinda
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 189
Views: 3975

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

There is nothing wrong with giving words your own personal meaning, so long as, if you expect others to know what you are talking about, you explain that private meaning. No other determinist that I know (I admit I do not travel and the same circles as most determinists) believes that things can be...
by Belinda
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 189
Views: 3975

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

RC Saunders wrote: I know your view is different, and I'm honestly not arguing with it, because I do not know what it is. Now you know my view, perhaps you'll explain how something can be determined and still be a choice. I suspect it is what you mean by, "choice," that is unique. Some people claim ...
by Belinda
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 189
Views: 3975

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

I am a determinist and I can argue for ethics that chime with determinism. I think I did so, probably a long time ago and you probably did not want to understand. I'm sure you did, but of course you had no choice in the matter. Do I understand now? Then you did not understand that we all choose, ch...
by Belinda
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 189
Views: 3975

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

But I decide which is right
And which is an illusion
True. It's a frightening responsibility. Better get as much state of the art knowledge as you can.
by Belinda
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: "Free will was given to man by god."
Replies: 189
Views: 3975

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

... the burden of proof must be on the Determinist -- and ironically, if he succeeds in convincing us, contrary to our programming, he has thereby disproved his hypothesis himself! We changed a mind that could not actually be changed, you see. Right. If a determinist is right, he never makes an arg...
by Belinda
Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: A ROLE MODEL FOR WOMEN
Replies: 136
Views: 3087

Re: A ROLE MODEL FOR WOMEN

Poodle !
by Belinda
Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Gender Philosophy
Topic: A ROLE MODEL FOR WOMEN
Replies: 136
Views: 3087

Re: A ROLE MODEL FOR WOMEN

Is charisma a suitable qualification for a political leader?
by Belinda
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Does a pregnant woman carry a human being/person or just 'life'/meat?
Replies: 691
Views: 12422

Re: Does a pregnant woman carry a human being/person or just 'life'/meat?

Really Walker! You need to look at the economics of food and poverty and then understand obesity is one result of poor diet. Obesity is caused by the overeating of calories. Calories are calories. Folks get fat from putting food in their mouths. Poor people are overweight. Mac and cheese will get a...
by Belinda
Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: Does a pregnant woman carry a human being/person or just 'life'/meat?
Replies: 691
Views: 12422

Re: Does a pregnant woman carry a human being/person or just 'life'/meat?

Walker wrote: When pro-abortion activists speak of a threat to the mother’s life, don’t they also mean a threat to the mother’s perceived quality of life? Not only the mother's but also the new baby's siblings who might already be starving. The evidence does not support your narrative, which makes ...