(This essay first appeared at 3 Quarks Daily. Reprinted with permission.)
by CHARLIE HUENEMANN
The “Consequence Argument” is a powerful argument for the conclusion that, if determinism is true, then we have no control over what we do or will do. The argument is straightforward and simple Continue reading “Freedom And Determinism: What We Can Learn From The Failures Of Two Pretty Good Arguments” →
A friend emailed me to argue that transhumanists should create realities where beings are free if free will doesn’t currently exist, or realities where beings are freer if humans currently possess some modicum of free will. In short, he was claiming that a goal of transhumanism should to create freer beings. Continue reading Will Transhumanism Lead to Greater Freedom? →
The Determinist Argument – (in its most simple form)
- Actions are caused.
- Caused actions aren’t free.
- Actions aren’t free.
Continue reading Summary of Free Will vs. Determinism →
Nathan Leopold Richard Loeb
Nathan Leopold (1904 – 1971) was born in Chicago to a wealthy immigrant family and was a child prodigy who reportedly scored an intelligence quotient of 210. At the time of the murder, Continue reading Leopold and Loeb and Free Will →