Physics, chemistry and biology (and culture) seem to set up a kind of bell curve of freedom over the course of any individual human life. The capacity for self-determination seems to emerge from invisibility, develop, climax, decline and disappear as we journey from zygote, foetus, infant, toddler, adult, mature adult, and finally at death. The… Continue reading a more free will
Study, work and life have been keeping me from blogging much, but I had a ‘free will’ thought to scribble down, so here goes. I just moved my finger back & forth from pointing straight up and straight ahead. This was caused at one level by the muscles in my fingers. Why did my muscles… Continue reading malleable will
“All we are is dust in the wind”, said Socrates. In reading about sin and human nature for my mini-thesis, I’ve dipped into the nature/nurture and determinism/free-will discussions. I tend to think that the biblical view of humans takes both sides of these conversations quite seriously. We are limited by our nature/genetics in what we… Continue reading dust in the wind?
A true swordsman is recognised not simply by ability to swing the largest of swords with great speed and strength, but by the skill and agility to wield any sword in the best way. Likewise, the vision of God in Christian Scripture (not only in the NT – explicitly in passages like Philippians 2:5-11 –… Continue reading kenotic God
another ‘free will’ post came to mind. Whether or not you believe that ‘free will’ is illusory or not, there seems to be an agreed spectrum from, say, rock to Raymond, when it comes to apparent capacity for self-determination: to determine one’s own action. Rocks are utterly a slave to physical forces or agents other than… Continue reading against the flow
Scenario 1: After instructing a person to make a random choice between two options in front of her, a computer detects brain activity in a human subject before she clicks the button to communicate her choice. The experiment conductor, upon repeats of the same experiment, can predict her choice seconds before she is aware of… Continue reading random choice