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January 22, 2016

[Excerpt from this book.] There are delights and dangers in adopting a broad perspective on oneself and one’s society. Looking at the “big picture” can either electrify or paralyze one’s will. The latter possibility is obvious, given, for example, the big-picturesque horrors of global warming and capitalist global pollution. Oceanic garbage patches the size of continents, slums t...

December 13, 2015

[From an email.] Jerry Coyne does not impressme [in this talk], although at least he seems less irrational and annoying than Daniel Dennett. Surely he's right to be an incompatibilist on the issue of free will vs. determinism, since the idea of self-control (free will) manifestly contradicts the idea that one's acts are determined by factors outside one's control, such as environ...

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