Can we be human without free will?

April 2nd, 2019

Do human beings have free will? Can we choose among different possible actions and beliefs? Or are we controlled by our genetics, or by blind physical processes in our brains?

And if we couldn’t make genuine choices, would that diminish us? Would we be any different from animals, except a little smarter … perhaps? And what would that say about human rights and ethics?

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Our brains and God

May 27th, 2016

I have a growing interest in neuroscience. I wouldn’t like to poke around in brains with probes, still less dissect a brain. But I’m finding so much that is fascinating and helpful in the latest findings of neuroscience.

One of the interesting researchers is Andrew Newberg, who I’ve briefly written about before, and who researches how the brain responds to religious belief and practices. All quotes in this post are from Newberg.

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