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Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 21st, 2006, 04:33 PM
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Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

<the modules of the brain, testosterone and meds show that the will is not free

only because you insist on holding onto an incoherent notion of 'free will' that people (when surveyed) actually...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 19th, 2006, 08:20 PM
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Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Er...

What I found to be most interesting was their saying that there seems to be psychological evidence for the folk having two quite different conceptions of free will.

Both of us were...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 18th, 2006, 09:51 PM
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Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

maybe... we are both wrong:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~uctytho/dfwNichols.html

:-)

(you can get back to the main pages from there too. the paper is long, but well worth a read.)
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 17th, 2006, 10:00 PM
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Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

I agree with your characterisation of moral responsibility. In those cases I cited before (tied to a chair / not tied to a chair etc) then you would make 'morally responsible' and 'not morally...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 17th, 2006, 07:41 AM
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Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Clarification of points of difference (I do find these useful!)

YOU: It is too counter-intuitive to say that we have discovered that free will requires causation, we are better off saying that we...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 14th, 2006, 10:26 AM
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Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

> You think that it is too counter-intuitive for us to revise our concept of free will so that free will just is a certain kind of causation.

> I think it's more than counter-intuitive, I think...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 14th, 2006, 12:35 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 50,251
Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Okay. Did you follow what I said about conceptual revision? Sorry... I probably tried to cover too much ground in one post.

Clarification of points of difference:

The common sense notion of...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 13th, 2006, 11:07 AM
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Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

An analogy:

Descartes radical scepticism... What moral should we take from that?
IF knowledge requires certainty then the only thing we can be certain of is the cogito therefore we can't have...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 13th, 2006, 10:52 AM
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Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

> Wow, I think we're finally getting somewhere.

:-)
Yep.

> Quantum uncertainty seems real as far as we can test, so, for all 'practical' purposes, there seems to be some rolling of dice.
...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 13th, 2006, 09:49 AM
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Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Er... I'm not sure how much it helps discussion to parody / caricature / scoff at other peoples views, rather than attempting to engage with them.

Do you think that Margaret caricatured your...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 13th, 2006, 01:30 AM
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Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

> it always seems to me to come down to whether or not human behavior is due to natural mechanisms inside the human central nervous system (even though we may not have a complete understanding of...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 13th, 2006, 01:10 AM
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Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

thanks, that really helped me understand your position :-)

> libertarianism is generally held to be the combination of the following beliefs:
1. that free will is incompatible with determinism...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 12th, 2006, 01:26 AM
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Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

I'm not too sure what you mean, that is why I'm kind of asking for clarification. Have you read 'Explaining Behaviourism' by William Baum? He outlines how behaviourists don't believe in libertarian...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 10th, 2006, 10:35 PM
Replies: 67
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Posted By alexandra_k
Re: free will, determinism, and morality

Hey. There are a number of considerations or reasons for thinking that we have free will. Here is one of them:

> I like this idea because... Whether determinism or indeterminism turns out to be...
Forum: Evolutionary Psychology July 9th, 2006, 09:20 AM
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Views: 50,251
Posted By alexandra_k
free will, determinism, and morality

the question of WHETHER we have free will isn't anywhere near as interesting as the question of WHAT free will consists in. are there such things as hunvudlgs? how can you even begin to answer that...
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