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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards


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Einstein on Free Will

I've added the following text to "Determinism versus Agency: There is no Free Will" by Vexen Crabtree (1999):

The facts of determinism - that external factors that form our development, such as experiences, and internal factors such as biochemistry, predestine us to our fates - are noted as mentioned by neurologists, physicists and philosophers. Above these, these facts are proclaimed also by none other than Albert Einstein:

“I do not at all believe in human freedom in the philosophical sense. Everybody acts not only under external compulsion but also in accordance with inner neccessity.”
- Albert Einstein (reference on www.humantruth.info/free_will.html)

I'm reading a collection of Einstein's writings called "Ideas and Opinions" and well chuffed to come across this two-line chestnut!

(Nothing feels better than reducing one of the world's greatest minds to little quotations!)


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Re: Hey I was thinking of you

1. "free-thinker" can still be a name for a person's worldview; it describes their approach. You can guess that a freethinker will not follow traditions (unless they agree with them, or understand them), and will be individualistic.

2. The cookie-counter approach to religion is the pick-and-mix method by which some people - especially New Agers and in alternative 'holistic' medicine, etc - pick various bits of religious lore, but do not accept any entire traditional paths.

3. Free-thought and cookie-counter religion are both results of increased individualism in Western cultures.

That free-thought is a growing product of a particular cultural paradigm is not a value-judgement; just because we know something's causes doesn't mean that it becomes less valuable. (For example: Sociologists have studied the selfish reasons that cause people to behave seemingly altruistically. Just because the cause of altruistic behaviour might be selfish, it doesn't mean that the behaviour is any less commendable.)

Re: Hey I was thinking of you

(Anonymous)
This ia an interesting thread. I plugged in free will, and discovered your site. I've come to believe we don't possess free will---and I basically agree with Einstein. Yet there's that part of that remains spiritual, and I'm wondering could it be we choose before we arrive to experience come what may? Or in fact is nothing free, but a product of the forces that be. I've also been reading a theory about the big bang and how the universe expands until it collapses to begin again. Which by my way of thinking that resonate because that particular theory could coincide with the way the earth and the seasons move in cycles. I've described it as a Universal Groundhog day that takes place within the span of billions of years. Yet as similar as each cycle is, nothing is identical.

Free Will Test

(Anonymous)
Hi guys,

Please check out this free-will test I've complied from various sources. Its at http://www.whatyouseeyoucannotbe.com/inves/freewill/freewill.html I'm very interested to hear other people's opinions on it.

Cheers,

D


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