Is Compatibilist Free Will Free or Will?

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about free will and determinism and laid out my thoughts in a lengthy piece here: Free Will & Determinism. I also had a lengthy discussion about this with some of our friends from YouTube and in the AiR discord. In the video, you can probably see my mental state written across my face as I am trying to hold on to my bias/pre-conceived notions against a very logical and well-presented set of arguments…


You Won’t Believe This! (Article Reading) – SciPhi: 033

What Won’t We Believe? With the success of our ‘article reading’ style posts, we thought we would do another. We are going to be discussing Davidian(Joe)’s latest article ‘You won’t believe this… ‘ whilst Joe does the article reading. The article is about belief and logic​. It speaks about how both beliefs and propositions​ are binary and uses the medium of both binary and a football field to describe how we ought to answer a proposition​. Post about Beliefs…


What Are We About? – SciPhi

Hello and welcome to the Fresh Air: SciPhi Show – I am sorry to disappoint you but this isn’t a full show but just a little thing I am putting together to explain what we are about. The SciPhi Show is hosted by Dave (TrolleyDave) and Joe (Davidian) of answers-in-reason.com – an atheist site searching for truth, promoting reason and rational discussion. Our main focus is discussing a number of philosophical and scientific topics in 1-2 hour streams, mostly giving…


What Does it Mean to Be Logical?

Why should we be interested in logic? What does it mean to be logical? How does logic tie into rationality? Questions we should be thinking about, especially if we view ourselves as logical and/or rational people. What Does it Mean to Be Logical? Something is logical if it adheres to the rules of logic. There are different types of logic, as an example, for a syllogism* it would use syllogistic logic. Consider the rules of chess would apply to playing…


Can Beauty be Objective? – SciPhi: 032

What? Beauty Objective? But isn’t it in the eye of the beholder? We all understand beauty is in the eye of the beholder, which by definition is subjective, but can there be such a thing as an objective standard of beauty? We Cover Off What we mean by Subjective and Objective The Definition of Beauty Standards of Beauty Beauty in Nature…


Don’t Be So Meno to Me! (Part 2) – SciPhi: 031

Return of The Meno Carrying on from Don’t Be So Meno To Me, we discuss how Socrates breaks down Meno’s walls with what has become to be known as ‘The Socratic Method’….


The Horror of it All! – SciPhi: 030

The Horror of it All For a change of pace to make your heart race, we shall move to aesthetics and horror without grace. We discuss the rationality of an emotional response to fiction. The base of this stream can be found in Dave’s article How Rational Are You?: A Nightmare on Reason St. We had a DC mid stream so this one is in two parts: Part 1 Part 2…


Subjectively Wrong

When something is subjective, it is based on personal opinion*. We are saying that there is no real external truth value, just opinions. *The term subjective can mean different things, though they are mostly akin to this definition, and this is how it is being used in the article. Preferences and Standards We can see this reflected in music taste. Our personal preference is something that is true for us, and it wouldn’t make sense to say someone is wrong…


Don’t be so Meno to Me! (Part 1) – SciPhi: 029

Don’t be so Meno! Join us for a discussion about Plato’s Meno… we follow on from last Tuesday’s discussion about discussions: https://youtu.be/18OXYph5EPQ​ Plato not only tries to teach us philosophy but how to do philosophy and dialogue….


Psychology of Rejection – SciPhi: 028

The Psychology of Rejection Humans are a tribal species. It’s in our DNA. We worked together in groups to survive as part of our evolution. We have been guilty of ‘with us or against us’ attitudes for a long time. but how does this affect our beliefs? The outline for tonight’s show can be found in this article: Tribalism and the Psychology of Rejection. This article will be read, but there is also an article I did a few years…