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Battle against the Fates

01.23.24

Battle against the Fates

Are we are living in one of the most fatalistic times? Scientists claim everything from sexual preference to criminality is hardwired, behavioural economics suggests we are essentially irrational and what happens in your childhood is said to stay with you. Fighting against the fates in this thought provoking debate are: Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law, George Washington University; author, The Supreme Court: the personalities and rivalries that defined America; Steve Rayner, James Martin Professor of Science and Civilization; director, Institute for Science, Innovation and Society, University of Oxford; Frank Furedi, professor of sociology, University of Kent, Canterbury, author of On Tolerance: in defence of moral independence and Peter Hunter OP, principal tutor, philosophy, Blackfriars Hall; Dominican Friar.

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Dave Verity said:

Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an hermitage;
If I have freedom in my love,
And in my soul am free,
Angels alone that soar above
Enjoy such liberty.

Richard Lovelace 1618 – 1657

Get thee gone determinism!

yasmin said:

A fatalistic outlook on, I would say, all social problems is so prominent and what really annoys me is that our moral decisions and even feelings such as love is explained through our genetics. We can’t think, act, or even love these days without being told it was just the way we are born and hardwired. This debate is crucial for those like me who want to challenge this ‘norm’.

Ralph said:

Inspiring, left with wanting to take charge of my own destiny much more, you will know what i mean once you’ve watched it

Olaf said:

It is true that Lady Gaga’s ‘we are born this way’ defines the mood now. It’s even not seen as good thing to transform yourself, like you are denying a part of yourself like if you say you are not a ‘culture’ or you are pretending like you have to keep saying you are a recovering alcoholic. VERY good debate

Dale said:

This is a fascinating debate. However much people in the past have struggled, believed in just God, or the Church, or the King, there has always been a kernel of free will, even if it is at the back of the mind. But what about now, one of the speakers gives a compelling case that we are now living in the most fatalistic time. Wow, this is really good and get’s you thinking.