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[HUM 3551] Whatever will be, will be
It is often said that the notion of free will is incompatible with causal determinism , namely, "the idea that every event is necessitated by antecedent events and conditions together with the laws of nature." But the notion of free will may also be incompa...

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[HUM 2551] Is Newton the man?
According to Perry et al ( 11th ed .): The civilizations of the ancient Near East were based on a way of thinking fundamentally different from the modern scientific outlook. The difference between scientific and mythical thinking is profound. The scientific...

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[PHI 3000] What have I done to deserve this?
The argument known as The Problem of Hell purports to show that the traditional conceptions of an omniperfect God (i.e., an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good creator) and damnation (i.e., eternal suffering in hell as retribution for sin) are incompatible....

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[PHI 3000] The God hypothesis
In " Testing the God Hypothesis ," the physicist Victor Stenger, claims that the belief in the existence of an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-good creator of the universe should be treated as a hypothesis that can be tested empirically, in the same way that...

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[PHI 3630] Rumor has it
In What To Believe Now , Coady argues that the survival of a rumor (i.e., a communication that has spread through a large number of informants) is evidence for its veracity. As Coady puts it: the "distance" of rumors from an original eyewitness account does...

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[PHI 3000] Love Thyself
The Western conception of God is that of an all-powerful (omnipotent), all-knowing (omniscient), and morally perfect creator. Love is often said to be an essential part of this conception of God. In the Old and New Testament, God issues the following comman...

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Are all opinions equal?
In " The science of protecting people's feelings: why we pretend all opinions are equal ," Chris Mooney discusses a study which shows that participants "weight each other's opinion equally regardless of differences in their reliability, even when this strat...
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