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Posted inDeep Dive

Reclaiming human agency in how we think about AI

Reading Time: 9 minutes Like many, I’ve been disheartened by recent human response to augmented or artificial intelligence, as it becomes a hot topic in everything from art and freelance writing, to programming, to legal counsel, to scientific research. I’ve written thrice already on this theme: how our future shock around this tech is age-old economic anxiety, how corporate […]

Posted inPhilosophy

Libertarian free will doesn’t exist, and moral responsibility can’t exist

Reading Time: 7 minutes The free will argument is what got me into this whole thing years ago—it is the argument that lit the fuse to my love affair with philosophy. And, after all these years, where so many others have, my conclusions about libertarian free will have not changed. Definition o’clock: I define libertarian free will as follows: […]

Posted inGeneral

Chauvin, Causality and JL Mackie’s INUS

Reading Time: 9 minutes You could be mistaken for thinking that this post was about free will. It can be, but I am more concerned with the general idea of causality in the context of Derek Chauvin’s court case to decide whether the death of George Floyd was homicide or not. Let me first introduce you to or remind you of […]

Posted inEthics and Morality

Hard-Incompatibilism vs Hard-Determinism

Reading Time: 3 minutes As I have mentioned, I am presently reading a book by Gregg Caruso and Daniel Dennett called Just Deserts: Debating Free Will [UK]. Sometimes I wonder what to label myself as in terms of the free will debate because it all depends on what you define by the term “free will”. However, I think this passage from Gregg […]

Posted inUncategorized

Free Will: Just Deserts

Reading Time: 2 minutes I am really excited to have received in the post (from Bookshop.org, the competitor to Amazon that reimburses local bookshops with 30% of the value of the book) my friend Gregg Caruso’s book with Daniel Dennett. It’s a debate book over free will called Just Deserts [UK], and this idea of just deserts looks to be the […]

Posted inScience

C Peterson on Quantum Indeterminacy

Reading Time: 4 minutes I recently had a discussion with C Peterson here about his understanding of quantum physics in the context of whether there is a deterministic framework underpinning reality, as this is part of a chapter for a book of my own previous and original writing, title as yet decided upon. Now, QM is a vociferously argued […]

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