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Truth about Free Will

The Truth about our Free Will

Delicious Food for Thought Oliver Burkeson Amsterdam, May 3d 2021– That’s why they’re known as “compatibilists”: they think determinism and free will are compatible. There are many other positions in the debate, including some philosophers, many Christians among them, who think we really do have “ghostly” free will; and others who think the whole so-called…
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The Story of the Free Will

Free or in chains? Food for Thought Lovers by Oliver Burkeman Amsterdam, 3 May 2021– Like Strawson, he has received email abuse from people disturbed by the implications.  Retribution is central to all modern systems of criminal justice, yet ultimately, Caruso thinks, “it’s a moral injustice to hold someone responsible for actions that are beyond…
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Beauty and Consolation

About Beauty and Consolation

Part IV Patricia de Martelaere Amsterdam, May 4t 2021–  May I terminate with your own question? “You just ask them now.” What makes this existence worthwhile for you? “The question is wrong, although I have put it to the whole world myself.  How can you make this existence worthwhile?  That had been the right question.  He…
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Beauty

About Beauty and Consolation

Part III Patricia de Martelaere Amsterdam, May 4 2021– But to whom or what the hell?  Fate?  That word is meaningless.  I bet on savage grief for myself.  Dylan Thomas: “Don’t go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” ”Maybe I’ll go to our house in France one more…
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Crime and Punishment

Part IV Oliver Burkeman Amsterdam, 3 May 2021– Just after midnight on 1 August 1966, Whitman – an outgoing and apparently stable 25-year-old former US Marine – drove to his mother’s apartment in Austin, Texas, where he stabbed her to death.  He returned home, where he killed his wife in the same manner.  Later that…
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To think or not to think

To Think or not to Think

Food for Lovers By Oliver Burkeman Amsterdam, 3 May 2021– But surely “one thing leads to another” in the world of decisions and intentions, too. Our decisions and intentions involve neural activity – and why would a neuron be exempt from the laws of physics any more than a rock? So in the fruit bowl…
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About Beauty and Consolation

Part II Patricia de Martelaere Amsterdam 4 May 2021– You are on your way out without knowing where to go to.  You are constantly alienated from yourself, although you still remain the same for the people around you” Am I going to get out of this story in a minute?  Tell me how to relate…
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Wim Kayser Beauty

About Beauty and consolation

Part I Patricia de Martelaere Amsterdam, May 4th 2021– “I have often lived by the detour of others.”  It is Wim Kayzer who led us before all sorts of greats in this one question about beauty and comfort: tell me what makes this life worth living.  Now that the end is on the heels of…
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Free Will or No Free Will

Free Will of no Free Will

To be or not to be part II by Oliver Burkeman Amsterdam, 3 may 2021– According to the public intellectual Yuval Noah Harari, free will is an anachronistic myth – useful in the past, perhaps, as a way of motivating people to fight against tyrants or oppressive ideologies, but rendered obsolete by the power of…
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Free Will Burkman

Do we or don’t we have a Free Will

Food for people who think A series of nine articles number 01 Amsterdam, May 3d 2021–Towards the end of a conversation dwelling on some of the deepest metaphysical puzzles regarding the nature of human existence, the philosopher Galen Strawson paused, then asked me: “Have you spoken to anyone else yet who’s received weird email?”  He navigated…
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