Steven Pinker & Richard Dawkins on Free Will





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Uploaded on Aug 11, 2008

Steven Pinker & Richard Dawkins on Free Will

The video pretty much speaks for itself.

Richard Dawkins is hypocritical (or you could say, inconsistent) in regard to causality for a couple of reasons:

One, the idea doesn't normally fit the public perception of reality because of ongoing religious and capitalistic propaganda campaigns. The Major Media tell the public a thousand times over and a thousand different ways that they are free. Religion reiterates the message and says individuals are free to believe or not believe. Therefore, Richard would have a mad mob on his hands if he started trying to convey ideas that were too radical to fit the average person's perception. Besides, he is trying to show religious superstition for what it is in the light of science. To also tackle a subject as complex as methodological naturalism would completely undermine his present efforts. Furthermore, opponents of the idea of causality often use reductio ad absurdum in their arguments, such as, you are reading this now because The Big Bang caused you to read it. And logical fallacies are effective even though they are fallacious.

Two, emotion overrules logical thought. We are all inconsistent in this regard. When Richard becomes overly emotional concerning any issue, the fight or flight response overrides thought and behavior. I guess the Buddhist practice of emotional detachment yet quiet passion would be advantageous in such instances.

Richard Dawkins has his priorities. He doesn't want to get sidetracked on the free will issue when the subject would be equivalent to discussing the probability and consequences of a round earth 3,000 years ago.

For more on the free will versus psychological causation issue, visit http://www.naturalism.org/

Also for free ebooks on various subjects, visit http://www.facts4u.com/free/ (links to audio books too)

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