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    • The Identity of Elementary Particles and Einstein’s Discovery of Quantum Statistics - Duration: 59 minutes.

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      In 1924, Albert Einstein received an amazing very short paper from India by Satyendra Nath Bose. Einstein must have been pleased to read the title, “Planck’s Law and the Hypothesis of Light Quanta....
    • Frege’s Puzzle and the New Theory of Reference – Quine, Marcus, and Kripke - Duration: 1 hour.

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      Most of the metaphysical problems of identity, and especially recent claims about the necessity of identity, can be traced back to the great rationalist philosopher Gottfried Leibniz, who argued fo...
    • Robert Kane’s Self-Forming Actions and Ultimate Responsibility - Duration: 1 hour.

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      Since his earliest book, Free Will and Values (1985), Kane has focused on free choices that have moral or prudential significance, as as well as those with merely practical significance. He accepts...
    • Separating Free from Will and Responsibility from Punishment, Whether Retributive or Consequential - Duration: 1 hour.

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      The Separability of Free Will and Moral Responsibility

      We propose four Degrees of Separation:

      The Separation of “Free” from “Will”
      The Separation of “Responsibility” from “Moral Responsibility”
    • God and Immortality Are Human Inventions to Defy Death and Control Behaviors - Duration: 1 hour.

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      Most of the world’s religions have some concept of gods or a God, with some notable exceptions such as Buddhism.

      Theologians claim to have discerned the essential attributes of a monotheistic God,...
    • Quantum Probabilities Are a Function of Space and Its Boundary Conditions - Duration: 1 hour.

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      For my Einstein lecture today, I review the slow progress on my fourth book, My God, He Plays Dice! How Albert Einstein Invented Most of Quantum Mechanics.

      I must admit that lecturing five times a...
    • The Ships of Theseus and Otto Neurath - Duration: 1 hour.

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      The Ship of Theseus was a famous vessel

      The ship wherein Theseus and the youth of Athens returned had thirty oars, and was preserved by the Athenians down even to the time of Demetrus Phalereus, f...
    • John Martin Fischer and Semi-Compatibilism - Duration: 1 hour.

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      John Martin Fischer is best known for the idea of “semicompatibilism” – the idea that moral responsibility is compatible with determinism, whether free will is or is not compatible.

      The concept is...
    • The Many Philosophical Positions on the Free Will Problem - Duration: 59 minutes.

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      Just as there are a large number of conflicting interpretations of quantum mechanics (which we will examine carefully in future lectures), there is an equally large number of positions on the probl...
    • René Descartes: The Origins of the Mind-Body Problem - Duration: 1 hour.

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      In his 1644 Principles of Philosophy, Descartes identified freedom with actions that are not pre-determined, even by the existence of divine foreknowledge.

      Descartes was the origin of the Mind-Bod...
    • The Cosmic Creation Process in Three Stages - Matter, Life, and Mind - Duration: 1 hour.

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      We trace the creation of information structures in the universe from the appearance of elementary particles in the first few minutes through the creation and evolution of the galaxies, stars, and p...
    • Chance in Philosophy, Physics, Biology, Psychology, and Neuroscience - Duration: 59 minutes.

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      Chance is often defined as the opposite of Necessity. The English word derives from the Latin cadere – to fall, especially cadens a fall, falling. Dictionary definitions refer to the fall of the di...
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