25 thoughts on “what does it mean to say we have freewill

  1. john zande says:

    Love that misterdeity is putting PragerFU before each video.

    Never thought about using the case of the school teacher who suddenly became a paedophile, then returned to normal after the tumour was removed, as an example.

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  2. PragerFU! Ha! Love it! Good video, too. Like Gandhi once said to his aunt, Betsy Chewit Raw, “Aunt Chewit Raw, I ain’t never found a will fer less’n 6 bucks! Ain’t none of ’em free!”

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  3. Love the humorous text flashes! “When damage to the brain occurs…” up pops “i.e. Marriage” – lol! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. Too difficult to figure out.

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  5. Swarn Gill says:

    Some of the best arguments I’ve seen for free will are not ones that assert we have it, but that it might be a useful illusion to have. But I think that may be true only at an individual level. On a societal level I don’t think it is very useful to play into this illusion. I think that justice systems in many countries rely on this idea of absolute free will as almost an axiom and as a result tend to practice retributive justice instead of restorative justice. I think if one accepts the scientific evidence that free will is an illusion then restorative justice becomes the most logical next step. And restorative justice isn’t just about the laws you use to punish criminals, but also the actions you take to make society better to create environments where people are more likely to flourish. Even though I know I don’t have free will, I don’t spend much time thinking about it consciously, and when I make a mistake, I don’t say well I didn’t have free will so it’s okay that I did that…but I do tend to think that there is a reason that goes well beyond my choice in a particular moment for why I took a particular action and I can more usefully investigate the reasons for why I did a certain action and perhaps figure out how to think differently in the future.

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  6. basenjibrian says:

    I might have posted this before, but sometimes television show writers nail it:

    “I think human consciousness, is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self; an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody. Maybe the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight – brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.โ€

    Rust Cohle (Matthew Mcconaheagh), “True Detective, Season 1”

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