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9/30/07


Mind Shadows      Neuroscience against Free Will

Raymond Tallis Says Free Will Is Not An IllusionFrom a huge variety of backgrounds, academics and popular writers tell the same monotonous story: we do not know what we are doing, we do not know why we are doing it, and disaster is waiting to happen. Civilisations, which are based upon the notion of humans as rational agents, are in fact pathological: rationality is an illusion, or unnatural and unbearable, and rational planning will lead to unforeseen consequences. All civilisation – usually referred to as ‘a veneer’ and a thin one at that – is headed for destruction." If all this is rather discouraging, it has an articulate and intelligent foe, who can be found here.

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