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Free Will Does Not Mean Perfect Will

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/81bc32e4-d5e3-11db-99b7-000b5df10621.html - I think therefore I am, I think

<quote Daniel Dennett, Freedom Evolves>
Free will, seen this way, is about freedom to make decisions without duress, as opposed to an impossible and unnecessary freedom from causality itself. To clarify this distinction, he coins the term ‘evitability’ as the opposite of ‘inevitability’, defining it as the ability of an agent to anticipate likely consequences and act to avoid undesirable ones. Evitability is entirely compatible with, and actually requires, that human action be deterministic.

All of our decisions are under duress. Our brains are under constant external and internal forces. Like electrons we are bound in a probability space of inputs, actions, and reactions. We are comfortable in our heads and that hides the swirling pressures that surround us.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 28th, 2007 10:43am
Perfect. Or good enough. ('Good enough' is how Dennett answered Susan Blackmore when she asked him directly if he thought humans had free will (Consciousness).)

BTW, this is why I think drunk driving laws and smoking bans and virginity pledges have effects (within their respective value frameworks) ... the punitive evitability/possibility, the external constraint, the desire to be a hero of a public narrative are probabilistic factors (along with limbic system inputs) in the way decisions are made.
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
March 28th, 2007 12:19pm
there's real duress and then there's the belief that one is under duress.
Permalink Send private email Kenny 
March 28th, 2007 1:29pm
You'd think otherwise if you'd ever lit up in the non-smoking section of a Waffle House.
Permalink JoC 
March 28th, 2007 3:28pm

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