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Afreeism 101

Afreeism Can Change Your Life

Dear Reader —

I am happy to announce the publication of my new book on afreeism. The book is available through Amazon (print and Kindle), Barnes and Noble, and other booksellers. AS A SPECIAL THANKS TO MY FOLLOWERS, THE KINDLE VERSION IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON FOR 99 CENTS FOR THE MONTH OF JULY. (Amazon would not allow me to give the book away for free.)

Here is a review of the book on Goodreads.com.

If you would like to see the table of contents or read the introduction please click here. To buy the book, please click here.

Consistent with…


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Afreeism 101

Reparations are not about blame or guilt

The idea of reparations for slavery has been around for many years, but now it seems to have garnered more attention than ever. With reparations, the government would pay the descendants of slaves some sum of money to at least partially compensate for the damage that slavery did to these descendants through the brutal enslavement of their forebears.

One popular objection to reparations is that none of those paying (generally the taxpayers) owned slaves or were even alive during the time of slavery. Why should the children pay for the sins of the parents?

Of course, there are answers to…


Afreeist Society Press Release

The Afreeist Society Calls on the Governor of Texas to Commute His Sentence

Quinten Phillipe Jones is scheduled to be executed on May 19, 2021, for the murder of his great-aunt. Jones was 20 years old at the time and an addict. He had a long history of drug addiction, poverty, and abuse. In 1999, Jones killed his great-aunt in a robbery for $30 to buy drugs. A jury sentenced him to die.

​Over twenty years have passed. Jones has since then rehabilitated himself and the family has forgiven him. Indeed, he no longer resembles the person who committed the crime. He remains remorseful, but he is now an interesting, thoughtful, kind human…


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Afreeism 101

. . . and the Damage Done

One of the central insights of afreeism is that no one is morally responsible for past actions. I have written about afreeism elsewhere (please see Medium articles How to Live Without Guilt and Why I Don’t Believe in Forgiveness), so I am going to give just the bare bones here. Afreeism is an evidence-based philosophy that concludes that there is no free will. Afreeism is based on the idea that all events are caused and that any given event is the result of a complex chain of causation. Humans are not exempt from the laws of physics that govern causation…


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Afreeism 101

How the Murder of 13 People Gave Rise to a New (and Ancient) Way of Looking at the Universe

In August 1966, after killing his mother and wife, Charles Whitman climbed the tower at the University of Texas and began shooting with a hunting rifle. In all, he killed 13 people and injured over 30. Here is an account by the neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky:

Whitman was literally an Eagle Scout and a childhood choirboy, a happily married engineering major with an IQ in the 99th percentile. In the prior year he had seen doctors, complaining of severe headaches and violent impulses (e.g., to shoot people from the campus tower). He left notes by the bodies of his wife and…


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Afreeism 101

It Feels Good to Stop Judging

Imagine lending your car to a friend who then wrecks it by driving off the road into a telephone pole. Your friend walks away with minor injuries, but your car is toast. Your friend is sorry and she apologizes profusely. She asks for forgiveness.

You are curious as to why the accident happened. Was your friend driving recklessly, was she drunk, was she high, was she sleep-deprived?

Suppose, however, that it was none of these reasons. …


Afreeism 101

Afreeism can set you free.

It is hard to be alive without messing up, often significantly. The more one lives, the more opportunity one has to make mistakes. We often have feelings of guilt, regret, and remorse for these actions or inactions. Feelings of guilt pervade our society. One article that appeared in the Guardian in 2017 was entitled, “Why Do We Feel So Guilty All The Time?” Its author laments:

Filial guilt, fraternal guilt, spousal guilt, maternal guilt, peer guilt, work guilt, middle-class guilt, white guilt, liberal guilt, historical guilt, Jewish guilt: I’m guilty of them all.

Guilt has been a major focus of…

Stephen Marks

Economist, teacher, student, dabbler in philosophy, ideas, music, and sport. Knows nothing for sure or maybe at all.

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