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Is there such a thing as FREE WILL?

And if not, what are the consequences?  It quickly became a spirited debate… after all, there is a lot on the line and it’s certainly not a point to be conceded without a fight.  We were discussing the concept of free will… and whether we have it… or not.  My interlocutor was steadfast and impassioned. 

Pre-Socratic Atomists: Pioneers of Modern Science

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The pre-Socratic Atomists were a group of ancient thinkers who proposed a materialistic theory of the cosmos. Among the first to propose a mechanistic view of the universe, the Atomists argued that the world was composed of atoms. Their work was crucial in the development of ancient

Leucippus, Democritus, and Atomism

By Jacob Bell, Associate Editor, Classical Wisdom Most folks know something about atomic theory…  its surprising ancient history, however, is often less discussed. The current modern atomic theory is the prevailing scientific theory of matter and explains the physical world in terms of discrete units referred to as atoms. Atoms are made up of various

Epicurus – Proto-Scientist, Secular-Saint, and Sophisticated Hedonist

By Jacob Bell, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom There is probably no other ancient Greek philosopher who has been so misunderstood in our modern era. Nowadays his philosophy is associated with excess and drinking and food apps… but the reality is, he preached the exact opposite. Indeed, his name should connote moderation, science, atheism, death…and happiness?