- May 2, 2003
- ɹǝpunuʍop puɐן
- Basic Beliefs
- ˙uoıʇdǝɔǝp ɟlǝs ɟo ɯɹoɟ ɐ sı ɥʇıɐℲ
Yet the question of menu selection came up again in the assumption that the compatibilist narrative is correct.
It is not correct because, to reiterate, only one action is possible in any instance in time within a determined system. Being determined by the circumstances, inputs (menu items) brain state/processing, where if Steak and Salad is determined, you select Steak and Salad, the option is fixed, that is your option/action in that instance in time, being determined, no alternative possible. Other diners have their own [determined] options and actions.......the menu caters for many tastes/brain information states.
Determinism is a Harsh Mistress. One that doesn't allow alternate choice or freedom of will, a total and complete control freak.
''Proponents of many popular compatibilist arguments often agree in rejecting contra-causal or magical free will. Yet they seem to be trying, at all costs, to rescue some snippet of freedom from the obvious fact that everything that happens in this universe is either caused by something that went before or is a truly random event.
Neither of these alternatives provides any room for what most people would call free will. Of course human beings make choices. I am not denying this. Nor am I denying that we can be more or less constrained in the choices available to us, nor that we can be held responsible for some choices and not others. But we should not confuse the decision making powers of a living creature with freedom of the will.''