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Free Will: A Response to Sam Harris
Free Will: A Response to Sam Harris
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts about Free Will, 29 Jun 2014
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It is a spirited defense of the idea of Free Will. The author put both his heart and mind into it. He would like to believes that Free Will does exist The essay is a response to a book by Sa Harris that sets to prove the contrary. I hadn't read Harris’ book but it seems to me that Keefner's response is a ‘stand alone’ line of arguments that can be assessed without reading Harris’ book.

If I understood his reasoning correctly my analogy to the picture sketched about the thinking process that he described as ‘Free Will’ is as follows. A computer (the brain, or its equivalent) is unplugged from the network (the outside world) and is given a problem to solve by means its logic circuits, using the data that was already stored in niot before it was unplugged. The author provide some neuroscience analysis of the process of decision making. It is somewhat detailed and I remain was wondering whether the picture he sketched represents the consensus in this field. I think a graphical presentation would perhaps had been useful.

My understanding of the essay is that Keefner supports the compatibilist view of Free Will.
He accepts that that the universe is deterministic but being so does not exclude the the existence of Free Will, albeit under certain special circumstances. Did he convince me? Not necessarily. Being such an exception, the proof of Free will needs more a reductionist physical proof to convince me. May I add that I am not totally convinced by determinism. It looks to me as if it implies that the evolution of the universe with its incredible complexity was somehow inherent in the Big Bang. Can we be sure that other inputs post and outside the Big Bang have not contributed to the the universe's evolution?

Interesting and thought provoking. I would have preferred the essay to provide the reader with the author view on the subject rather than to be a response to to Harris's Book.


This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works
This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works
by John Brockman
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as described, praiseworthy, 29 Dec 2013
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The list of authors reads like 'who is who' in science. Each describes in informal contemplative way some fundamental concepts in his/her field and them problems they pose. It is not a textbook, but the reader gets a superb outline of the challenges facing science and philosophy. Some basic familiarity with science would be useful. A truly thought provoking book.


Lu Yehi
Lu Yehi
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5.0 out of 5 stars A moving beautiful song. It is important to understand its lyrics., 26 Oct 2013
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A melodious catchy tune combined with moving lyrics It is essentially a prayer for peace and tranquility.
To fully appreciate one needs to know something about the the background against which the song was written, that is the Yom Kippur war when Israel snatched victory out the jaws of defeat but at avery heavy price of losing 3000 of its best young men


Lightweight Aluminium Shower Stool / Bath Bench - Disability Aid
Lightweight Aluminium Shower Stool / Bath Bench - Disability Aid
Offered by Mobility 2000
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fit for the purose, 9 Jun 2013
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It does what I expected it to do.
Good finish, packaging and instruction for assembly.
Actuality, I use it to sit on in the bathroom outside shower.
Lightweight and easy to store away when not in use.


Lu Yehi
Lu Yehi
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tune to moving lyrics. A prayer for peace, 17 Feb 2013
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The sing was born in the aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur war.It expresses the anguish at he huge loss of lives and the wish for peace and tranquility. The melancholy tune and the refrain are evocative.


Eddingtons Magnetic Digital Kitchen Timer Blue
Eddingtons Magnetic Digital Kitchen Timer Blue
Offered by cheap4uk(From hongkong,2-3 weeks delivery)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kitchen Timer, 9 Feb 2013
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A bargain at the price. Had another make for 9 before that could barely heard.
This one is exactly what I needed to replace the electric oven one that broke down.


Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Graphite
Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Graphite

4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 9 Dec 2012
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It does well what I expected it to do. Particularly useful is the email attachment reception. I use it a lot to read stuff that
is difficult to read on a compute screen.


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