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Free Will Is Real, But Not So Simple [CAPC]

James

The free will debate is one of those issues that feels a bit worn out to me; it seems no one is saying anything new. But people can say old things in new, more interesting ways. Social psychologist Roy F. Baumeister has done that. He’s written an excellent article in Slate, in which he argues both that we have free will and that our ability to make choices does not violate any laws of nature. That’s a fairly unpopular thing to say these days. By doing so, Baumeister is going against the current trend of fashionable thought, which I find quite refreshing. Baumeister affirms the common sense view of free will, while also attempting to show there is no incompatibility with his view and science. I appreciate that kind of holistic, interdisciplinary way of thinking. And while I don’t agree with everything he says, I do think his article is full of insight and wisdom that Christians (and anyone, really) can learn from.  Read the rest of my analysis over at Christ and Pop Culture.

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Four Ways Voyager Reminds Us We're Human [CAPC]

James

The Voyager-1 spacecraft recently made history by becoming the first man-made object to officially leave the solar system. Originally launched in 1977 with the intention of studying the outer planets, Voyager has lasted far longer than NASA engineers ever expected. It kept going, feeding data to scientists all the while, and has finally broken through into interstellar space. Throughout its journey, Voyager has given us an unprecedented view of the solar system and the universe beyond. This view, at times, has inspired deep existential questions about our place in the cosmos and has reminded us of our humanity.

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3 Articles On Science, Philosophy, and Theology

James

To those who are following my "16 Reasons" series, I apologize for not publishing an article in several months.  It's not because I haven't been writing.  I have, just not here.  Over the summer I became a staff writer for a great blog and magazine called Christ and Pop Culture (where I will mostly be writing about science-y things).  Here are 3 pieces I wrote for them that you might find interesting:

Where Is My Mind? Neuromania and the Soul

Why the Powerful Often Lack Empathy

How Theology Could Make Steven Pinker A Better Scientist

Check 'em out.  Hopefully that will hold you over until the next installment of my blog series, which will come soon........er than 3 months from now.

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