↳ Edward Feser

Divine causality and human freedom

Is the conception of divine causality defended by classical theists like Aquinas (and which I defend in Five Proofs of the Existence of God) compatible with our having free will?  The reason they might seem not to be compatible is that for Aquinas and those of like mind, nothing exists or operates even for an instant without God sustaining it in being and cooperating with its activity.  The flame of a stove burner heats the water above it only insofar as God sustains the flame in being and imparts causal efficacy to it.  And you scroll down to read the rest of this article only insofar as God sustains you in being and imparts causal efficacy to your will.  But doesn’t this mean that you are not free to do otherwise?  For isn’t it really God who is doing everything and you are doing nothing?
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↳ Aeon

Why the male black widow is a real home wrecker

Female widow spiders are known for eating their mates after sex – hence the name and notoriety. But as this short video from the science documentary series Deep Look shows, the widow spider’s reputation is rife with misunderstandings, misconceptions and flat-out falsities. For starters, in the vast majority of the 31 widow spider species, males usually escape their sexual encounters unscathed. Captured in ultra-HD, this short interrogates whether female widow spiders really deserve their infamy.
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↳ Footnotes To Plato

Why machine-information metaphors are bad for science education, part I: biological machines and intelligent design

Genes are often described by biologists using metaphors derived from computational science: they are thought of as carriers of information, as being the equivalent of ‘‘blueprints’’ for the construction of organisms. Likewise, cells are often characterized as ‘‘factories’’ and organisms… Read More ›
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↳ The Brains Blog

Upcoming Events at the Brains Blog

I am pleased to announce the content that will be featured at Brains in the coming weeks: From March 19-23, Armin Schulz will contribute a series of posts on Efficient Cognition: The Evolution of Representational Decision-Making, published earlier this year by The MIT Press. From March 26-30, Edouard Machery will contribute a series of posts on Philosophy Within Its Proper Bounds (Oxford, 2017).
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↳ Aeon

Eyes of exodus

The Greek island of Kastellorizo is normally a sleepy tourist destination, with its population of just a few hundred mostly isolated from the events of the outside world. But life on the picturesque island shifted dramatically with the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011 and the ensuing refugee crisis. Located just a mile off the south coast of Turkey, for a while Kastellorizo became an impromptu waypoint for Syrian refugees arriving on smugglers’ boats, seeking asylum elsewhere in Europe.
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