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Freedom evolves?

August 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment

Did freedom evolve?
We have exposed Dennett nonse on ‘freedom evolving’ here already, and in WHEE, there is a passage on this, scroll down the ‘Evolution and Ethics’ page: http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap2_1_2.htm

Coyne here is at least consistent, and his next stop is Kantstudien.

In our discussions of free will, and my continuing puzzlement about how it could really exist, several commenters recommended that I read Dan Dennett’s Freedom Evolves. There, they said, I’d find a solution to the problem about how free will could exist in a deterministic universe. So I read it. And while I enjoyed it a lot, in the end I wasn’t convinced that he’d solved the problem—at least not in a way that was satisfying.

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