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Free Will vs. Fate

Was it your choice to read this article? A single decision selected from an infinite pool of possibilities, placing you on a course completely dictated by your own conscious power of reason and choice? Or was this just another stepping stone in the endless stream of causality? An inevitable result of each and every event […] Continue reading

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Arrival came out in 2016 to much critical acclaim. It was nominated for all the usual suspects (see Academy Awards and whatnot), but for the purposes of this post, I want to ask, how surprising is this film? How groundbreaking? First things first, Arrival isn’t perfectly original. Most notably, it derives part of its concept […] Continue reading

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