Issue389

Moral Responsibility and No Free Will.

In yesterday’s entry of “Existential Terror and Breakfast” Malcolm starts to think about the notion that free will is an illusion and that he possibly has no agency. After he is done being melodramatic and being violent to an intimate puzzle, what is he to do? Does it matter what he does if he has no choice in it?

Does Malcolm have a moral responsibility (or any responsibility at all) without free will? ‘Trick Slattery often discusses this notion on his blog “Breaking the Free Will Delusion“. In it he posits that one can actually improve society and strive for the benefit of mankind by rejecting the idea of free will. Recently he wrote an article about the Practical Importance of the Free Will Debate where he rejects Compatibilism and states that it

“…leads to punitive assessments beyond mere utility, great inequality justifications, as well as justifications for hatred,  an unhealthy degree of self-blame, and many other negative traits that we have carried for far too long.”

He has also made an infograph on moral responsibility and the lack of free will which is the most accessible content I have found on the subject because moral responsibility and no free will is a complicated subject (like ALL of philosophy). I hope it helps to clear some things up!

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Existential Terror and Breakfast: 2

A vague feeling of guilt echoed above Malcolm’s unforgiving hangover as light intruded into his eyes. The existential panic attack he would be having soon would be worse. Every bit of movement was like a heavy burden as he marched out of his bed. He was starting to think that waking up was a mistake. The crux of the morning was how he had gotten home. Malcolm indulged to the point that he had blacked out, and consequently had no recollection of how he had gotten home. Strewn across his now sordid house was a full set of clothing that he had worn the night previous and bafflingly enough there was a fully completed jigsaw puzzle on his coffee table.Continue reading →

Weapon Brown: Web Comic Vs. Hardbound

The Omega edition.

If you have not yet had the chance to read Jason Yungbluth’s quintessential fever dream masterpiece “Weapon Brown” you are frankly doing yourself a disservice. Further, if you are going to read it, get the Omega Edition (there are only a hundred left!).

Weapon Brown is the unholy amalgamation of the characters from all of your favorite newspaper funnies pitted against each-other in a post nuclear apocalypse. It is superior to my own “Peanuts” parody (Kick The Football, Chuck) in both scope, and written quality. It stars the titular Weapon Brown, a grown Charlie Brown turned cyborg mercenary as he wanders the wastes and finds himself pursued by “The Syndicate”. Continue reading →

Existential Terror Follow Up.

So, after reading the first entry to “Existential Terror and Breakfast” you find yourself curious about humanity broadcasting into space. Don’t want to google it? Good, I have you covered!

Brian Koberlein at “One Universe at a Time” wrote a very informative article on the subject matter titled E.T. Phone Home. In that article he explores just how far our broadcast have reached, and who, if anybody, will be able to intercept them. He also points to a very entertaining website that will tell you what shows you can currently watch from other stars.

Existential Terror and Breakfast: 1

Epiphanies taste better with toast.
Malcolm Steadman was making toast when a terribly profound, and deeply troubling thought bore its way violently to the forefront of his consciousness. The morning before this was as listless and routine as any Wednesday morning. It was mildly agitating as the minutes had trudged by while his toast was cooking, but otherwise did not have any qualities worth noting or comparing to any other moment. Then the toast popped. The thought came suddenly.Continue reading →