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White people have souls [2011-05-16]
Do humans have an immortal soul? Who is human? In 1900, one Christian minister believed that 'All scientific investigation of the subject proves the Negro to be an ape; and that he simply stands at the head of the ape family, as the lion stands at the head of the cat family.'
On Christian religions in the USA [2008-04-12]
One has to be very careful when talking about any religion in the USA, and especially careful when examining any of the multiple Christian religions.
To be free: beliefs, identities, and actions [2007-11-08 | Revised]
Freedom has become applied to many aspects of human social life as has the word free, and it cannot be emphasized enough that freedom is essentially a social construct, deriving from not being enslaved.
To be free: beliefs, identities, and actions [2007-11-05]
Freedom has become applied to many aspects of human social life as has the word free, and it cannot be emphasized enough that freedom is essentially a social construct, deriving from not being enslaved.
Determinism and states of the universe [2007-10-22]
Determinism is a theology with no testable outcomes, and probably needs a deus ex machina to know whether it is correct.
Mathematics and minds [2007-02-04]
When discussing the nature of human minds, it is tempting to compare and contrast explaining the mind with explaining natural phenomena. This can produce over-simplification of the nature of scientific explanation and its use of mathematics.
Words we use and the computational theory of minds [2007-03-25]
Designating logical computing machines (LCMs) as machines sounds far more scientific and less theological than to designate LCMs as algorithmic angels. There again, the aether sounded far more scientific and less theological than angels pushing planets.
From the circle to square and onwards [2007-03-18]
Which comes first: the innate idea of a 'square' in our mind; or our observations of shapes to give rise to the classification of some shapes as 'square'? Does our innate ability to think determine our use of language, or does the language we use determine our thinking processes?
Making conclusions from inferences [2007-03-10]
Humans infer and extrapolate, and inference is so embedded in our thought processes that sometimes we are not aware of its use.
Propositions and human languages [2007-02-11]
All propositions imply somebody who asserts, and others who interpret: all are mediated by rules of language and comprehended by our minds through our shared use of language.

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