META: The problem of "Good vs. Evil"

Martin Phipps martinphipps2 at
Tue Feb 19 03:07:24 PST 2008

On Feb 19, 3:29 pm, Tom Russell <milos_par... at> wrote:
> On Feb 19, 2:12 am, Jamas Enright <t... at> wrote:
> > (cf. God has a plan for us that none of us can fathom, nor presumedly
> > change.)
> Calvinism.  Feh.
> > Bah, "free will", don't buy it. Illusion thereof, yes, but actual?... no.
> Hold on a second there.  Are you saying that human beings are actually
> incapable of making decisions and controlling their motor functions?
> That we're unable to choose the words that come out of our mouths?
> Because that's what you're saying if you reject the concept of free
> will.

Look at it this way.  Suppose, hypothetically, you had a really bad
day: your political ambitions weren't going as well as you hoped and,
to top it off, you got fired.  Now, suppose you go online and read
somebody's story and work out your frustrations by posting a scathing
review.  Did you have free will or had your pent up frustration caused
you to act that way?  This is a purely hypotheitcal question, by the
way. :)


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