How beliefs are different from actions?

In our daily lives, it is common for us to think and talk about actions in normative terms. I should do this, I'd better not do that, for different reasons, depending on the situation. Actions are amenable to such regulating, normative attitudes because we can choose how to act, we have control over our actions. In other words, our …

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Spreading the Word: Free Will Anyone?

This Friday I share with you a short video on free will. In it, this complex topic is explored from a scientific and, ultimately, philosophical perspective. I wonder, do we all even mean the same thing when referring to free will? Could free will be a concept we use to describe an evolutionary adaptation that …

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Could Our Beliefs Be an Evolutionary Advantage?

The current world population amounts to approximately 7,8 billion people. You, me, all of us. According to the latest estimations, roughly 85% of us feel affiliated with one of the currently practised religions. The remaining 15% do not necessarily all identify as atheists, some see themselves as agnostic or simply non-religious, having no strong views …

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