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  1. @Lazarium: Man's cognitive faculty is the way he processes knowledge. The only problem is that you need knowledge to process it first. A computer program doesn't run without parameters. Assuming man's cognitive faculty runs like a computer. :T Also, if man's nature is dependent on biology, genetics, then man's nature is unchangeable from the get go. And since his nature is unchangeable from the beginning, the knowledge he attains and actions he performs and all of existence is predetermined. Thus he has no free will? @bluecherry: Hahaha. Yeah. You're right. I had trouble wording that one. I'll change it (and attribute it to you). Thanks. Also, for number four... actually, I don't really get what you're saying. But if I'm to understand, he already has a nature, therefore there is no contradiction. However, then the problem of: where does that nature come from? If it's already built in, then it's unchangeable, therefore... he has no free will? Hmm...
  2. The Premises: 1. Man is born with a tabula rasa, aka, he is presumed to have no innate ideas, he has nothing at birth. Or in Rand's words: From: http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/tabula_rasa.html 2. There is no such thing as chance, because of the law of causality. From: http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/causality.html 3. Knowledge is acquired through interaction with reality. From: http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/knowledge.html 4. Contradictions do not exist. From: http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/contradictions.html Thought Process: 1. Man starts out as an entity devoid of any knowledge whatsoever. 2. Man attains knowledge through interaction with reality (or if you prefer, by observing reality, and reasoning). 3. But since nothing happens by chance, man's nature causes everything to happen the way it does. (thanks bluecherry) ((to be honest, I think this where the logic falls apart though.)) 4. However, man had no nature to start with, because man started out as an entity devoid of knowledge. 5. This is a contradiction. (At least, I think it is) 6. But contradictions do not exist. 7. HUHHH??? I also feel like I've stated a logical fallacy somewhere (aside from argumentum ad verecundiam, the appeal to authority). If so, please tell me. Also, is there anything that causes confusion? (ie, structure, definitions, logical process) So. What do you think?
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