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Is every feature of the universe logically necessary?

Is every feature of the universe logically necessary? For example, it would be logically necessary that no material object can exceed the speed of light. In other words, there is only one way for the ...
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The Mediocrity Principle, The Laws of Nature and Free Will

The Mediocrity Principle, though it had a very specific meaning when it was first stated, is now a more general principle the essence of which is not to assume "a phenomenon is special, ...
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Dennett vs Sapolsky on free will: A clash over different claims?

On a recent Youtube episode of Theories of Everything with Curt Jaimungal Daniel Dennett, author and Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University in Massachusetts, discusses his views of Robert ...
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Can the simplicity of a hypothesis be objectively measured?

When two or more hypotheses can explain the same evidence, it's commonly affirmed that simpler hypotheses should be preferred over more complex ones. For example, in response to my previous question ...
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What is the rigorous definition of free will?

What is the rigorous definition of free will? There has been, and will continue to be, a lot of debate around free will. These debates seem to go nowhere, and that is because (so I think, anyway) ...
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Best arguments against compatibilism?

According to the 2020 PhilPapers survey, 59.2% of philosophers are compatibilists when it comes to the free will/determinism debate. Despite its popularity among professional philosophers, what are ...
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Seeking Help on Cartesian Dualism and the Mind-Body Relationship

I'm currently studying philosophy and I'm struggling with the concept of Cartesian dualism, particularly in relation to other theories about the mind-body relationship. I'm wondering if anyone here ...
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Which is the best explanation of the mind body relation, dualism or physicalism? [closed]

As far a my knowledge of philosophy there is two schools of thought dualism that the human mind is separate from the physical body, and the other school of thought is physicalism that the mind is ...
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Does the distinction between "weak" and "strong" emergence make any sense?

(this post has been edited on 14 Nov 2023 based on comments received at the time) Question Emergence is widely discussed in the context of what could be called bio-philosophy ("Where does life ...
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Is it possible to restore the motivation lost by rejecting free will without introducing cognitive dissonance/logical fallacies?

I've read in a few places that people tend to get depressed and lose motivation in life after losing their belief in free will; that even if you "know" free will does not exist, you are ...
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Arguments against Necessitarianism

I would like to know what the most successful arguments have been against necessitarianism, as I struggle to imagine how necessitarianism could be false. I think about how any particular event ...
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Can the universe be fully deterministic on a macro scale but not on a micro scale?

Suppose you have a dice. The “probability” of a dice landing on 1 is defined to be 1/6. However, many say that this is a function of ignorance. If we knew everything about the initial conditions, we ...
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Are there any refutations to the Generic subjective continuity theory?

The Generic subjective continuity theory is a horrifying one, considering it would entail that we shall experience every concious experience including the worst of tortures ie, burning alive, etc. Are ...
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Problems with saying that our universe is physically closed (reformulating Kant's antinomies)

Initial caveat: some misapprehension seems to have arisen over my reference to physical sets. But in this, I am trying to follow the language of modern topology, which seems to be applied everywhere ...
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Why are nonlocal deterministic theories considered less plausible than indeterminism?

As John Bell stated, I cannot say that action at a distance is required in physics. But I can say that you cannot get away with no action at a distance. Regardless of whichever interpretation of ...
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