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  • Why does determinism rule out free will?
    Do you have any reading recommendations on that topic?
  • Why does determinism rule out free will?
    I was also interested in first-person data, subjective experience... is there a compatibilist perspective that considers that kind of thing?
  • The Shoutbox
    Interesting. So we can't really do research about that kind of topic?
  • Religious Discussions - User's Manual
    Stop talking when the holy dude answers your question about hell by cupping his hands together and saying that religion is about loving another person.
  • John McEnroe: Serena Williams would rank 'like 700 in the world' in men's circuit play
    I didn't mean that Wosret would intentionally employ assholes if he was the Emperor of All.
  • The Shoutbox
    Immigrants are usually natives that have moved.unenlightened

    Yes. A lot of the immigrants here are Chinese. North America and China were once connected so there are a lot of plant types that the two regions have in common. The Chinese versions usually edge out the native ones. It doesn't make much difference usually.. except in the cases where the native species feed wildlife and the naturalized immigrants don't.
  • The Shoutbox
    Immigrants are usually stronger than natives. It impacts the course one takes establishing a path through the property jungle. This way takes you toward a bunch of native greenbriar, which feeds the local wildlife unlike the beautiful but invasive english ivy. A rare moonflower is growing in that direction.. so the path becomes a discriminatory march against immigrants.

    Part of the problem is that it's not like you can just plant some moonflower seeds and expect a crop. They don't even sell seeds for that kind of moonflower. You could try to transplant one, but that frequently is just a laborious way to kill a plant. That's generally true of natives. They're fragile.. maybe because that's part of the balance that was set up by the evolution of this biosphere.
  • John McEnroe: Serena Williams would rank 'like 700 in the world' in men's circuit play
    You'll probably employ a certain number of assholes though. You can't keep track of them all.
  • Why does determinism rule out free will?
    Cool. Where does so-called first person data fit into their analysis, or does it? I'm thinking of Searle wiggling his finger as proof of will. I think he'd agree the evidence he's witnessing is subjective.
  • The Shoutbox
    Always check under your bed for researchers before retiring.
  • The Shoutbox
    What occurred to me is that studies of this kind tend to use college students. They're not too far out of childhood. Obviously that's not the way to say something about humans in general.
  • Why does determinism rule out free will?
    Hmm. Confusing. I think compatibilism is an off-road to nowhere. I'm a contradictionalist. :)
  • The Shoutbox
    Just sensationalism? "I need to publish something.. let me make it outlandish.."
  • The Shoutbox
    They particularly are so ridiculously full of deception, and use their "white coat" (sometimes gray, but still equally ominous, I assure you) positions of authority to be believed without evidence or experience, and then expect their deceptions to have no lasting effects whatsoever.Wosret

    You're saying this kind of research amounts to entrapment?
  • Why does determinism rule out free will?
    For sure, this is a common way to be a determinist. In his book The Refutation of Determinism, Michael Ayers (London: Methuen, 1968) calls this sort of determinism actualism. Actualism, as applied to human and natural powers (e.g. the powers of objects) yields the denial that objects (or humans) have unactualized powers. But the sort of conditional analysis of dispositions and abilities proposed by the new dispositionalists show that actualism isn't the only option. (And their view was anticipated by Michael Ayers although he isn't, himself, a compatibilist or a determinist)Pierre-Normand

    But I'm not getting how the dispositionalist is offering an option. Determinists don't disagree that talk of logical possibility is valuable.
  • The Shoutbox
    The studies do make use of a lot of lying.
  • Are women generally submissive to men?
    Would you want someone to ask such a thing about you in particular?Agustino

    OMG. Why didn't I think of putting my name in the thread title instead of hers? Oh well.. doesn't matter now.
  • Why does determinism rule out free will?
    In order to adapt this sort of analysis of powers (or dispositions) to the problem of free will, you may have to identify the 'triggering condition' of the agent's practical abilities with some feature of this agent's rational will. In that case, the agent who choses to steal a book didn't actualize her power from refraining to do so. This doesn't show that she didn't have the power from refraining to do so, anymore than a sugar cube remaining dry shows that it isn't soluble.Pierre-Normand

    A determinist like Schopenhauer simply notes that apriori every event can only have one outcome. If the outcome of a die roll is that the 5 is face up, it is not possible that the 2 is also face up.

    Talk of the "power of the die roll to produce a 2 face up" is an analysis of logical possiblity.