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Michael's referencing this other post linked from this post

Beyond the Reach of God

Why do you think Turing-completeness is necessary for sentience?

Excluding the Supernatural

AIUI the mind being something other than an irreducible entity is a fundamental principle of Buddhism (this is part of the anatta ("not-self") concept)

Excluding the Supernatural

How is dualism necessarily nonreductive? Materialism says everything is reducible to fundamental interacting physical components, whereas dualism says everything is reducible to fundamental interacting physical and mental/spiritual components.

Diseased thinking: dissolving questions about disease

Our attitudes toward people with marginal conditions mainly reflect a deontologist libertarian (libertarian as in "free will", not as in "against government") model of blame. In this concept, people make decisions using their free will, a spiritual entity operating free from biology or circumstance. People who make good decisions are intrinsically good people and deserve good treatment; people who make bad decisions are intrinsically bad people and deserve bad treatment. But people who make bad decisions for reasons that are outside of their free will may not be intrinsically bad people, and may therefore be absolved from deserving bad treatment. For example, if a normally peaceful person has a brain tumor that affects areas involved in fear and aggression, they go on a crazy killing spree, and then they have their brain tumor removed and become a peaceful person again, many people would be willing to accept that the killing spree does not reflect negatively on them or open them up to deserving bad treatment, since it had biological and not spiritual causes.

Assuming souls exist, what's the difference between a brain tumor and an evil soul in terms of who "deserves" suffering (disregarding the argument that they deserve suffering because God said so)? At the moment of birth, neither one is chosen by the agent. If anyone was born with the same genetics, environment, and soul, they would make the same decisions throughout life.

Therefore, even if souls exist, that doesn't change any conclusions about consequentialist versus retributive justice IMO.

[LINK] Why I'm not on the Rationalist Masterlist

Never read the comments section. No exceptions.

... says a post in a comments section

Three Worlds Decide (5/8)

... assuming they aren't lying about how their biology works

How to Convince Me That 2 + 2 = 3

But what if you're hallucinating the increase in mental capacity and resulting discernment?

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