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Freedomain Radio is a rational and empirical philosophy show. Reasoning from first principles, in accordance with empirical evidence, is the central methodology of our approach to truth. If you do not have any experience or training in logic or science, then it is very important to browse for a while before plunging into a debate. Think of Freedomain Radio as a class for advanced students of physics — if you do not understand the scientific method and some contemporary theories before joining a debate, you will almost certainly derail it, and it will not be much fun for you or others.

Prior Debates
There are several debates which have been reviewed to near-exhaustion, such as:
  • Strong atheism versus weak atheism/agnosticism
  • How state services can be provided in the absence of the state (roads, self-defense, incarceration etc)
  • Whether the Bible promotes a variety of crimes
If you are interested in these kinds of debates, please do a search of the board and podcasts and review the existing arguments before starting a new thread.

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If you are interested in the ethics and value of anarchy, or how a stateless society will work, please review the following books before posting on the subject:
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If you want to post about ethical theories, it is important to become familiar with the basic concepts of Universally Preferable Behavior.

If you do want to post about challenges within your personal relationships, please listen to the book Real-Time Relationships first.

If you are interested in how ethical theories apply to families, please review On Truth: The Tyranny of Illusion.

For more background on the efficacy and ethics of political action, please review How (Not) To Achieve Freedom.

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Off Limits
While we do entertain a wide array of topics, there are some areas which we have found do not foster debate.

After several years, and in consultation with a variety of listeners, we have decided to close down the topic of determinism. Thanks to those who participated over the years, and those who gave feedback more recently.

For a debate on the subject, please visit Freedomain Radio: The Determinist/Free Will Debate on YouTube.

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If you advance arguments which promote abuse (this includes, but is not limited to, emotional, verbal, physical, the spanking of children, or sexual abuse), you will be asked to stop posting. If you do not stop posting, you will be banned.

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