Friday, May 31, 2013

A materialist vs. a rationalist


Janis: All our behavior has a physical cause. One day we will discover the biochemical background of everything we do, and then, people will have to realize that free will is an illusion.

Jim: Maybe you are wrong about this, but I'll assume that you are right.

Janis: Oh, you are not as stubborn as I thought.

Jim: So, are you telling me now that I should stop believing in free will because free will doesn't really exist.

Janis: Well, yeah. It is foolish to believe in something that doesn't exist.

Jim: Sorry, my brain chemistry is not allowing me to stop believing in free will.

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