San Diego, CAUSA 92101
January 31, 2012
Wow! That's a difficult one. I think that we do in a limited way, but certainly not 100%. I think we do have the ability to make choices, but our preferences are driven by our experiences and history. That said, I think we have to act "as if" we had total free will.
I am a pantheist. I study Eastern philosophies. I reject all 3 Middle Eastern religions as antifeminist and overly bellicose. I am philosophical, but not religious or “spiritual”. The biggest problem with Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is that they all have false certainty of of their own knowledge of Truth. I have none such. Science is the best model of truth, in my own opinion. Thus, I accept the theory of evolution, as well as gravity and entropy.
No. Because the outcome is never certain, we only have control over the means that we adopt. Evil means are unacceptable.
I am fairly left-wing, in that I believe that the communal good is a 1st order criterion of what is right action. I am a civil libertarian, in that I believe that the individual good should rule wherever possible. That is, I believe that my freedom is total within the envelope of me, but stops at your (or anyone else's) nose.
Good Grief, never! I make no requirement that others agree with me. I find it interesting to learn from others who don't, as long as they are willing to allow me my own thoughts and opinions.
Hi, I'm Jeni. I find your list of questions fascinating, and would love to join the discussion.