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Jeffrey Y.


San Diego, CA

Member since:

August 12, 2011


Do we have a free will?

I used to think that free will was axiomatic for any philosophy of morals - consequentialist, virtue, or deontological. I was wrong. Cognitive science, in dispensing with the last throes of Cartesian dualism, leaves no room for "free will" as traditionally conceived. Free-will, like belief itself, is a phenomenon of "mind", not brain.

Are you religious, agnostic, atheistic etc? What do you believe? A) How does your belief shape your world/philosophical view? B) How do you view scripture/revelation? C) What is your opinion on evolution?

I am none of those: I am a possibilitarian. Atheism, agnosticism, and religious beliefs shaped by our bronze-age ancestors are sheer hubris, given the fact that the more humans know, the larger grows the horizon of what we do not yet know. Scripture and revelation are stories that, like all good stories, capture a deep truth about the human experience through metaphor and symbolism. Evolution has a very good track record of integrating the information from across the scientific spectrum, and I would say that it has been provisional "proven". Evolution, however, has not yet accounted for the origins of self-organizing and replicating systems as such.

Do the ends justify the means? If yes, why? If not, why not?

Define "justify".

What is your political orientation (far left, left, center, right, far right…libertarian, apolitical etc.)

I believe in spontaneous order and voluntary collaboration. I am opposed to the initiation of the use of force by any individual or group of individuals acting as some abstract entity like "Society" or the "State". If pressed for a label, I go by Anarcho-Capitalist.

Have you ever stabbed somebody with a fork just because he/she didn’t agree with you?

I have stabbed my own hand with a fork just to see what it would feel like. Someone else? See non-violence, above.


First impressions are often misleading. I don't want to compound the problem by establishing parameters for that impression. You'll have a chance to get to know me if you are so motivated.

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