More on free will

QUOTE: We are not consciously making a decision; instead we are making a decision and we may be aware of some ingredients in the process. We are not in a determined world but we are in a physical one and part of it. We do not have conscious free-will – no problem here because that doesn’t mean we lack a will or are not responsible for what we do. Both determinism and free-will are straw men, red herrings, passe and flawed half-truths.

I always like when someone doesn’t simply ask if this or that tree is right, but actually questions whether we are in the right forest in the first place. On the other hand there is a danger in abandoning traditional terms – you could end up comparing apples with oranges, and never quite elucidating the issue at hand.

Also worth clicking on the linked article with More Intelligent Life.

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