One More Thing …

From Coyne’s free will post:

I believe that the vast majority of nonphilosophers and laypeople hold a consistent definition of free will: that we really do make decisions that are independent of our physical make-up at the moment of deciding.

We actually did psychological studies on this — I’d have to look them up for details — and it was proven that people didn’t have consistent definitions of free will, reacting as if one form was true in some cases and as if the other form was true in others, depending on how the question was phrased. Hence, why we need philosophy to figure it out.

My theory is that as long as we could make meaningful decisions, independence from our physical make-up wouldn’t be an issue.


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