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On the Free Will Debate.

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Episode 34 | The Domino and the Dialectic

In this third podcast in our series on free will, Justin sits down with Reason Revolution co-creator Tylor Lovins (@tylorlovins) and author J. R. Becker (@AnnabelleNAiden) to discuss the scientific, philosophical, and linguistic concepts underpinning the age-old philosophical problem.

The Free Will Debate: Martin Gardner and the Mysterians

"Perhaps there are mysteries about consciousness, mind, and time that we have yet to fully comprehend, and until we have the requisite knowledge about these conceptions, we are inept to solve the problem of free will. Humility is the beginning of the path to wisdom, and in that regard, Gardner had it in spades."
The Architecture of Language_ On the Free Will Debate

The Architecture of Language: On the Free Will Debate

The difference between Dennett and Harris is not only in the frameworks from which they analyze the problem of free will, but in the consequences that follow from their methods of analysis. To accept both projects as legitimate, which I think we should, would mean that we should work both to be linguistic innovators and also social revolutionaries. We should be attentive to the ways in which language shapes thought but also be open to using the tools of science to move beyond mere argumentation and hermeneutical innovation to improve society.

Episode 28 | The Architecture of Choice

This week, Justin sat down with author and activist J. R. Becker (Annabelle & Aiden). They discussed Becker’s newest book in the Annabelle & Aiden series, free will, compatibilism, determinism, the implications of free will, moral agency, human nature, intuition pumps, and other topics.
Episode 26: The Statement and the Maze

Episode 26 | The Statement and the Maze

This week, Justin sat down with friend and co-founder of Reason Revolution, Tylor Lovins, to discuss a wide variety of topics, including: the Reformation and its relevance to Secular Humanism, the “truths” of theological statements, Christianity's relationship to American identity, the discussion on free will between Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett, Objectivism’s merits and drawbacks, and the role of luck in moral decision making.

On Religion & Secular Humanism.

How the rise of identity politics indicates the decline of religion by Tylor Lovins

How the rise of identity politics indicates the decline of religion

We may have all the abstract and technological prowess in the universe, but if we lack soul, we’ll lose the spark of divinity, and perhaps ourselves. Religious conceptions just might be the key to resolving the disparities between groups and individuals while safeguarding the distinction between the two.
What is Atheism by Tylor Lovins

What is Atheism?

The secular atheist lives to promote science, humanism, secularism, among others; that is to say, lives to promote and develop positive options for living in a world where religion doesn’t make sense. Anti-theists, on the other hand, while they may promote positive options, also focus on diminishing the status of religious beliefs: actively promote refusal of religion.
After the Exit by Justin Clark

After the Exit: Reflections on Losing Religion

The largest growing religious demographic in the US is “none,” which isn’t necessarily atheist but not explicitly religious either. The loss of our traditionally religious life doesn’t spell the end of the numinous all together. Rather, it represents the gain of an intellectually vibrant and diverse culture that isn’t afraid to be different.
Rationalism as a Humanism: Grounding the Secular by Tylor Lovins

Rationalism as a Humanism: Grounding the Secular

At this point in history, especially in the post-industrial, Christian-inspired nations of Europe and North America, secularism is like the potential energy of two tectonic plates producing some seismic activity in the last two or three centuries but overdue for a massive earthquake.

Revisiting the Matt Dillahunty and Jordan Peterson Discussion

"The strange thing about Dillahunty’s reflections is that he’s actually much closer to Peterson than would have appeared in Pangburn’s video. As I have written, Peterson thinks religion has evolved by Darwinian mechanisms, religious myths provide for us the grammar of stories, and, because they rely on competence hierarchies, these stories set the background evolutionary setting to which we’ve adapted as a species, and the conceptual grounds from which our concepts of the individual derived. There is nothing supernaturalist about this position and, in fact, it’s a denial of special revelation, miracles, and divine inspiration altogether, at least, if these concepts are employed at all, they’re stripped of their traditional content."


The Congressional Freethought Caucus

The Congressional Freethought Caucus:
A Historic Achievement for Humanism

"The Congressional Freethought Caucus will 'promote public policy formed on the basis of reason, science, and moral values; protect the secular character of our government by adhering to the strict Constitutional principle of the separation of church and state; oppose discrimination against atheists, agnostics, humanists, seekers, and nonreligious persons; champion the value of freedom of thought and conscience worldwide; and provide a forum for members of Congress to discuss their moral frameworks, ethical values, and personal religious journeys.'"

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