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1/21/10

Do We Have Free Will?



"Many scientists and philosophers are convinced that free will doesn’t exist at all. According to these skeptics, everything that happens is determined by what happened before—our actions are inevitable consequences of the events leading up to the action—and this fact makes it impossible for anyone to do anything that is truly free. This kind of anti-free will stance stretches back to 18th century philosophy, but the idea has recently been getting much more exposure through popular science books and magazine articles. Should we worry? If people come to believe that they don’t have free will, what will the consequences be for moral responsibility?" More

For a different view of the question, click here. Of course, somebody else takes exception to that view. Click here to read a different view of the different view.

Then, of course, there are more serious, life-consuming issues such as these, which should be on everybody's list:

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