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Robert Wright interviews Daniel Dennett on the nature of free will

By Dan8267   2012 May 2, 6:38am   1 link   1,961 views   5 comments   watch (1)   quote      

Watch two militant atheists barbarically thrash it out in this post-apocalyptic interview from beyond the thunderdome. This interview has everything you'd expect from militant atheists going at it with each other: blood, violence, death, ass-less chaps, gay monkey on wolverine sex, abortion sacrifices to a godless universe, Panda rape, and an appearance by Tom Jones.

http://meaningoflife.tv/video.php?speaker=dennett&topic=freewill

OK, so maybe militant atheists aren't as militant as all the militant theists make them out to be.

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1   bdrasin     2012 May 2, 10:52am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Booooooring! From the description I was quite looking forward to it and it turned out to be two academics discussing metaphysics...
what time does the panda rape happen so I can fast forward?

2   leo707     2012 May 3, 5:41am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

3   Dan8267   2623/2656 = 98% civil   2012 May 3, 5:52am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

According to Rush, trees have free will.

4   leo707     2012 May 3, 6:00am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

Dan8267 says

According to Rush, trees have free will.

touché

5   leo707     2012 May 3, 6:14am  ↑ like   ↓ dislike   quote    

I have not had a chance to watch the video yet, but an episode of Radio Lab discussed "Loops" one of which was transient global amnesia.
http://www.radiolab.org/2011/oct/04/

Transient global amnesia disrupts short-term memory, but leaves the person's consciousness more-or-less intact and it wears of over time.

The funny thing is that people remember only what happened a minute or so in the past. As a result they often have the exact same responses to their surroundings. They get caught in these loops where they will have the exact same minute or two long conversation over and over for hours. It is as if the choices they make are more influenced by external stimuli than some internal free will.

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