SEPT. 18th ARE HUMANS DRIVERLESS CARS?
FREE WILL REVISITED. John Little.
How do you think of your future?
As inevitable?….already laid down though unknown to you….nothing you do can change it? No more alterable than your past.
As inevitable?…. though partly the result of your choices and decisions (but these after all are the products of a physical system – the brain – which is determined by prior events over which you had no control)?
As open? Your choices and decisions can alter it. These involve an element of free will….not determined by physical causes.
If the latter, haven’t you fallen into magical thinking….that somehow human beings have the ability to transcend the causal structure of the world….to tear a rip in the space-time continuum?
Given the results of modern neuroscience can the feeling that we could have acted otherwise than we did be more than an illusion?
Do we have to give up notions like moral responsibility as a consequence?
Or are we missing something?