Atheist Exile's Blog Posts Tagged 'theory' (2)

Emergent Properties of the Human Brain

This post revisits arguments related to free will and complexity theory. I've recently been focused on newer arguments for self-determinism (a compatibilist explanation of free will) but an interview of Daniel Dennett, by CFI, has prompted me to revisit "emergent properties". If you're not familiar with my explanation for self-determinism, please consult my web page at for several posts on the topic.

The basic premise of hard…


Added by Atheist Exile on December 29, 2011 at 3:30am — 12 Comments

Hubris and Certainty

“I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.”  ~Clarence S. Darrow


“Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.”  ~Bertrand Russell


“The educated in [the critical habit of thought] . . . are slow to believe.  They can hold things as possible or probable in all degrees,…


Added by Atheist Exile on July 19, 2011 at 8:32am — 67 Comments

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