mentions passed along: Free Will and Crime: open season?

Eddy Nahmias engages in some predictable hyperventilating about the threat of an open season on crime should science destroy Free Will (or whatever). Still, an interesting read even if it is incoherent and slightly hysterical:

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/is-neuroscience-the-death-of-free-will/?src=me&ref=general&_r=0

As an after-thought (a before-thought?), you might note that ‘Free Will’ isn’t necessarily even an illusion, let alone a ‘good’ illusion, nor yet even an idea which can be reconciled with experience. Think about ‘Free Will’ with me just now. What makes you think that the thought you are thinking now was actually made by you? What makes you think that the decision you just made — the one you are aware of, I mean — originated from within your own head, fully formed only as you became aware of it?

Did I destroy ‘Free Will’ just now with science or with a couple questions and a handful of clumsy words? May I advise you by way of suggestion that ‘Free Will’ be put away as the self-involved toy that it is? Jettison that collective accusation used against yourself and others?

You are (merely) what and (merely) who you are from one rapidly passing moment to the next in an expansive environment you don’t control. You don’t make yourself; you are pushed along by forces. You don’t control your destiny, though you might prepare yourself for and meditate on the inevitable that is entirely outside your control and horizon.

‘Free Will’ cannot be made to be coherent, though the ernest attempt is made, if only to figure out whom we will blame.

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