When I get some time, I’d like to take a closer look at pedophile/sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein and New Atheism. But for the time being, I’ll just briefly point to some relevant articles. Let’s start with this article:
Many contributions to Edge were plausibly the products of genuinely special minds. Epstein’s were not. In 2008, the year he went to jail for prostitution, the prompt was “What have you changed your mind about?” Epstein replied, “The question presupposes a well defined ‘you’ and an implied ability that is under ‘your’ control to change your ‘mind.’ The ‘you’ I now believe is distributed amongst others (family friends, in hierarchal structures), i.e. suicide bombers, believe their sacrifice is for the other parts of their ‘you.’ The question carries with it an intention that I believe is out of one’s control. My mind changed as a result of its interaction with its environment. Why? Because it is a part of it.”
It sure looks like Epstein was an atheistic determinist. If you’ll recall, determinist Jerry Coyne likes to insist that determinism means we are not morally responsible for our actions. And I suppose there is a connection between atheism, determinism, and a disbelief in moral responsibility. After all, it is quite common for those three to be linked.
But at this point, rely on your “street smarts” and ask yourself, “What type of person does not want to be held morally responsible for their actions?”
Answer – someone like Jeffrey Epstein.