Ep 20: Predestination vs Free Will
Why do some people believe it's all determined, and others believe it's up to us? Religious or irreligious, scientist or non-scientist, transhumanist or singularitarian—people can't agree on this subject. We look to CS Lewis, Ghostbusters, the Beatles, and Jupiter's moon for answers!
- The word Micah was looking for was "contrarian"
- Calvinists vs Arminians
- Singularitarians and technological determinists vs Transhumanists
- "A similar difference"
- Church-centric vs Gospel-centric
- Sam Harris against Free Will vs atheism as the apotheosis of free will
- Does believing in free will give you free will?
- James Dobson's The Strong-Willed Child
- The Problem of Evil is basically just the problem of parenting
- Game Theory and the Prisoner's Dilemma
- Blue Like Jazz, the book, and the movie scene starring Micah!
- I Am the Walrus
- Ghostbusters, the original, and the new all-female version
- TULIP, the points of Calvinism
- Calvinism as Ghostbusters?
- The Christian theological idea that increasing unity means increasing individuality and diversity, as seen in CS Lewis, and in Teilhard de Chardin's The Phenomenon of Man
- Using our free will to increase other's free will
- How God imposes limits in order to increase free will in the future
- Finite and Infinite Games (see also Micah's take on Infinite Morality)
- The origins of the term Catfishing
- Alternative educational approaches
- Google's 20 percent time
- Is the end result of religion the creation of Heavenly robots?
- Revolution is followed by Orthodoxy, just as wakefulness is followed by sleep
- Orthodoxy is the struggle to maintain the revolution
- For example: "All foods are clean!" followed by the Greek Orthodox fasting schedule of 200+ days per year
- Micah's wardrobe follows the Steve Jobs approach—wear the same clothes everyday, like a cartoon character
- Boundaries as minimum operating conditions for an open-ended future
- Does Europa's hidden ocean disprove the existence of God?
- CS Lewis' science fiction trilogy shows how a Christian imagination can encompass a much larger universe
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