Although I’ve recently been too busy to spend any time writing original content for this blog, I’ve decided to post my opening statement from my 2016 debate with Frank Turek. Enjoy! Introduction Good evening! I’d like to thank Craig Freerksen for organizing this debate. I’d also like to thank Dr. Turek for agreeing to participate. … Opening Statement from My Debate with Frank Turek
Some practitioners of meditative disciplines or people who have had mystical experiences claim to attain a state of “pure consciousness” (PC). PC is supposed to be a state where one is conscious, but is not conscious of anything. That is, it is completely objectless, or if it has any object at all, the object is … Is Pure Consciousness Possible?
I’m not a psychiatrist, but as a teenager I worked for an elderly woman who I later found out was a paranoid schizophrenic with organic brain decomposition. (As an aside, if you have any empathy at all, it’s impossible to get to know someone like this and not find their situation heartbreaking.) I agree that you … Why I Do Not Equate Religious Belief with Mental Illness
(This is a guest post by Evan Fales about Deepak Chopra’s recent challenge to the new atheists.) This is a publicity stunt. He’s smart enough to have picked what may be the biggest unsolved puzzle for naturalism. At the same time, his challenge is seriously vague in its wording. What exactly does he mean by … Evan Fales: Deepak Chopra’s $1M Prize is a Publicity Stunt
Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Near Death Experiences Part 3: Kantian Dualism Part 4: Neuroscience, Consciousness, and Free Will Part 5: Does Morality Require the Cosmic Justice of Heaven and Hell?
I’m interested in collecting a list of mental properties which might be relevant to theism and naturalism. Examples: Consciousness Intentionality Reliability of Cognitive Mechanisms Mind-brain dependence What else have I missed?
This is my attempt to summarize the slides from Sean Carroll’s recent debate with WLC where he very quickly skimmed through eleven (11) lines of evidence which favor naturalism over theism. I don’t claim this is perfectly accurate; any corrections would be welcome and, in fact, appreciated! Facet Theism (Theistic Prediction) Naturalism (Naturalistic Prediction) Lowder’s … Sean Carroll’s 11 Lines of Evidence for Naturalism over Theism
Hemant Mehta provides a fantastic summary of Luke Dittrich’s takedown.
This book will be published May 15, 2013. Here is the book’s description on Amazon: Mind, Brain, and Free Will presents a powerful new case for substance dualism (the idea that humans consist of two parts–body and soul) and for libertarian free will (that humans have some freedom to choose between alternatives, independently of the … Richard Swinburne’s newest book: Mind, Brain, and Free Will