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    To make a decision requires a mechanism capable...

    To make a decision requires a mechanism capable of acquiring and processing information - in this instance the neural architecture of a brain - according to a given set of criteria.....without which...
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    Define Christian liberty. How does it differ from...

    Define Christian liberty. How does it differ from liberty in general?
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    They'd be better off with collective bargaining...

    They'd be better off with collective bargaining and professional negotiators, withdrawing labour only as a last resort.
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    Yes, it's not that hard to grasp. Yet some folk...

    Your post suggests that you haven't yet grasped the distinction between the ability to make decisions - which nobody denies - and the incoherent notion of free will.

    The brain makes decisions...
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    Fact and fiction blended seamlessly into a single...

    Fact and fiction blended seamlessly into a single narrative and world view.
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    Your post suggests that you haven't yet grasped...

    Your post suggests that you haven't yet grasped the distinction between the ability to make decisions - which nobody denies - and the incoherent notion of free will.

    The brain makes decisions...
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    You must realize the error of comparing earlier...

    Yes there is consciousness before some of the information acquired. [/QUOTE]

    You must realize the error of comparing earlier states or unrelated information to consciousness as it is being...
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    Your walls of text don't help you establish the...

    No they've not been. The only reasons given are that the process involves causes, i.e., biological features like brain impulses or nerve actions, and it's assumed that as long as these causes exist,...
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    Maybe faith is a form of rationale: this is true...

    Maybe faith is a form of rationale: this is true because I feel it must be true. ''This feels right so it must be true.'' ''I know this is true because it relates to my personal experience with God,...
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    Clearly, I wasn't arguing for the existence of...

    The bible exists, it is real, the bible tells us that God is real, therefore God is real?[/QUOTE]

    Responding likewise to your previous post, according to you, Zeus is real because of Mount...
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    The bible exists, it is real, the bible tells us...

    The bible exists, it is real, the bible tells us that God is real, therefore God is real?
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    Puppet is not the right analogy.

    Puppet is not the right analogy.
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    What about Zeus and His divine family. Mt...

    What about Zeus and His divine family. Mt Olympus is there for anyone to see. Mt Olympus is real. That is the undeniable evidence for the existence of the Greek gods. They exist, they are real.
  14. Summer of '42, nice theme song if I remember...

    Summer of '42, nice theme song if I remember correctly.
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    God is a Big Santa in the sky, offering reward...

    God is a Big Santa in the sky, offering reward and threatening punishment according to Santanian Rules and conditions. Believe this and eternal life is your present/reward. Failing that, the...
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    It seems the more a lie, falsehood or error is...

    It seems the more a lie, falsehood or error is repeated and the wider it is propagated, the greater the legitimacy it appears to acquire. Where would Popes, priests, ideologues and Despotic...
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    You ignore a critical point: nothing is conscious...

    Yes, and that consciousness in turn stimulates still further brain activity. You keep ignoring this. You keep imagining that the consciousness can't ever influence new brain activity. How are you...
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    Will is not free for the given reasons. Your...

    Like being fixated on the belief that free will and causality are mutually exclusive, which is disproved by the free-will debunker's own logic, which offers nothing to show how free will must...
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    ''Person'' can be defined in many ways, but...

    ''Person'' can be defined in many ways, but without a functional memory there is only an empty shell.
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    Rich peoples lawyers may not care about race or colour. Wealth, the ability to pay, being the universal equalizer, enabling the best of care and consideration.
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    Yes, we as entities are a conscious/self aware...

    I agree. A lot goes on "behind the scenes". But I think that it's not just a report of what's going on. The brain creates models which interact with each other in an attempt to minimize conflict. And...
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    As pointed out, simply pasting the label 'free...

    As pointed out, simply pasting the label 'free will' onto the decision-making ability of a brain does not establish the proposition that decision making is in fact free will.

    The reasons why the...
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    Most of the brain's information processing is...

    Most of the brain's information processing is unconscious. This happens before conscious awareness, which is the representation or report. An action and the awareness of that action can be...
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    Be it killed, destroyed or shunned, these are...

    Be it killed, destroyed or shunned, these are harsh punishments for not listening to the prophet.
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    Someone may be intelligent but have no business...

    Someone may be intelligent but have no business acumen, which puts them at a cognitive disadvantage, an inability to get rich by running a business.
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