An Honest Conversation About Determinism

from Stefan Molyneux


Question: “In previous videos you’ve assumed the stance that the opposite of determinism is free will. But the opposite of a determined event is a random one, not a chosen one.”

“To quote Sam Harris ‘Either our wills are determined by prior causes and we are not responsible for them, or they are the product of chance and we are not responsible for them.’”

“The subjective experience of deliberation seems much more akin to a progress bar filling on a computer than anything else. Moreover, the popular idea of free will seems to be doing a lot of harm to society, particularly in our legal systems. What positive effect does our notion of free will have, and where’s the evidence for it?”

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