Tag: Free will

Free Will – SciPhi

Free Will is often thought of as one of the “Black Hole” Conversations, and I understand why. When discussing free will we see folks really focused on the libertarian/non-causal free will, even within this stream where we start to talk about different types of free will we can see all of us inadvertently shift back. For an in-depth look at my position on free will before this stream, please check: Free Will & Determinism The conversation, and subsequent conversations on…


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…


Free Will & Determinism

I have spent a lot of time thinking about free will and determinism, and a fair bit reading others thoughts on it too. I’ve been trying to sift through my own thoughts on the matter because I am still mostly agnostic towards the whole thing though I do lean towards a form of compatibilism that I am unsure if anyone has thought of in the same way, though it is likely many minds greater than mine have considered these things…


Objective Morality: An Empirical Physicalist Approach (Pt. 2)

Free will, determinism, and moral responsibility. As a pragmatic, empirical physicalist, I try to take an evidence-based and reasoned approach to morality. In the first part of this series, I claimed that objective morality is a principle that operates exclusively at the level of species survival. But how can morality ever be objective? After all, isn’t something that’s seen as moral in one society repugnant to another? The dictionary defines “objective” as “not influenced by personal feelings or opinions in…


Free Will: A Compatibilist’s View

Introduction Free will, do we have it? If we were to ask this question to average believer in God, chances are we would come away with a unanimous, or near unanimous, yes. However, amongst others the answers are more divided. There are those that declare that we do not make our own conscious choices, that free will is an illusion, and other similar answers. There is also the idea of ‘compatibilism’, which argues that we exist in a state of…


Answering age-old questions: free will and meaning

It is an age-old question: does free will exist? This article answers the question, and in the process happens to address the question of meaning as well. When we talk about free will, we are talking about our ability to freely make decisions. To have control over how we decide. (Image reference: http://i.huffpost.com/gen/160795/thumbs/r-FREE-WILL-large570.jpg) When contemplating free will most people ask “do I consciously make decisions?” Research shows that many of our decisions are unconscious, reducing the argument for free will. However…