How free is our free-will?

Jul 22, 2016 by

by Harvey McMahon, Jubilee Centre: Free-will is fundamental to our sense of wellbeing, and underwrites our sense of morality, our judicial system and the Judeo-Christian faith. However, science has provided evidence that free-will may be an illusion. In this paper I explore how the brain functions as the seat of our individual free-will and how we are also part of a collective-will expressed by cultural or religious groupings. In both cases free-will is an emergent property where decisions are...

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A literary guide to our Orwellian nightmare

Apr 2, 2016 by

By Marc Fitch, The Federalist. Our current age was prophesied—not necessarily by any Biblical figure, but by several writers and philosophers working in the aftermath of World War II, where technology such as radio and film had enabled a new form of propaganda. In these writers we can find some very startling truths about our own condition now. Imagine the shock and horror had these writers been brought back to life in this day and age? Their day was the beginning of what became known as Mass...

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C. S. Lewis, Science, Technology, Meaning and Freedom

Nov 22, 2013 by

By Bill Muehlenberg, Culture Watch Fifty years ago (November 22, 1963), three famous men died, but the death of one greatly overshadowed the death of the others. The assassination of President John F Kennedy made world news, so that the deaths of Aldous Huxley and C. S. Lewis on the same day received almost no coverage in comparison. While the influence of JFK as the leader of the free world has been great, it can be argued that even greater has been the influence of the other two men. Both...

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Just how intelligent are atheists?

Aug 22, 2013 by

By Alexander Boot University of Rochester psychologists have just completed a review of 63 scientific studies about religion and intelligence dating between 1928 and now. In 53 of these there was a “reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity”. In other words, atheists are brighter than believers. They have a higher “ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly, and learn from experience”. Now...

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Relationships (part one) Whole and Half

Apr 27, 2013 by

From gentlemind “Relationships” is a series of articles looking at the way in which concepts exist in relation to other concepts, and the way in which we exist in relation to those relationships. […]  This is the only way it is mathematically possible that two different objects can combine to create a new object which will – at a ratio of 1:1 – itself be identical to one of the two objects that combined to create it. Half of children are male (one half of...

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Personally, I blame Kant for all this

Jan 6, 2013 by

By Alexander Boot The last three centuries have witnessed numerous attempts to replace Judaeo-Christian morality with an equally effective secular code based on rational thought. The same centuries have also witnessed a comprehensive failure of every such attempt. Immanuel Kant was neither the first nor the last thinker who postulated that, as a rational moral agent, man doesn’t need God to come up with a valid moral code. It’s just that he was a more powerful thinker than the...

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