I'm beginning to think that the AFA is a little anachronistic organisation desperately trying to make itself seem relevant. It appears to be joining the ranks of the theists in making all sorts of unsupported scientific claims. Is it not enough just to be atheist? Is it not enough just to state that they lack belief in god(s)? Unfortunately for us besieged Australian atheists, it is not enough for them. The particular statement that sticks with me is the following:
"No personality or…Continue
Until very recently, consciousness was considered sort of a “black box.” A mysterious phenomenon too complex to even attempt to explain in any objective manner. However, new theories are beginning to …
Added by Edward Teach on April 15, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
For an introduction to this project please see this post.
Here's a string of ideas I aim to draw on to create discourse for thinking about ourselves as having evolved:
I plan to use this personal blog space to solicit feedback on a personal project. I want to develop a way of talking about evolution that's different from darwinism. Having a second way of talking about being evolved would be like, in the 19th century, having both waves and particles as ways of thinking about light. You needed both then. In a similar way I think today we need more than one way of thinking about evolution.
I ask for your indulgence. First, I ask you not to defend…Continue
Added by Shaun Johnston on April 12, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments
I really like to just think. Let your mind go and let the thoughts flow through your mind.
I also do this to help me go to sleep. It's hard to explain what happens, it's like I release
control of my thinking process and my mind starts going "What if this", "What if this",
"What if this", "What if this", "What if this", "What if this", then maybe a good thought
comes through and I say whoa, lets think about that for awhile. This may sound crazy
but its worked for me…
In these discussions about self-determinism, some hard determinists dismissively parade opinion as fact. Their conviction trumps their rational integrity. We all need to be mindful that just about everything to do with free will and determinism is, thus far, a matter of opinion.
Almost 400 years ago, René Descartes claimed that, unlike the human body, the mind has no physical properties or spatial dimension: thus it can not be examined in the same way as the physical body. Today, we…
Added by Atheist Exile on January 16, 2012 at 8:06am — No Comments
I've grown disappointed with philosophers on the subject of free will. The great philosophers of the past knew nothing about the brain. Modern philosophers contradict each other. What I've been trying to do is to stick with the knowledge we have and avoid philosophical entanglements and conjecture as much as possible. However, certain philosophical conundrums must be addressed, such as: (1) the false dichotomy of free will versus causality; (2)…Continue
The common viewpoint and generally accepted definition of consciousness is “awareness of the self or I”. This concept of “I” makes most of the confusion related to consciousness. Honestly, I haven’t so far been able to understand, accept or deny, or define this phenomenon which even science has just started studying and philosophers have always found difficult to handle.…Continue
Added by Atheist Exile on May 27, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments