Friday, July 1, 2011

Free Will III

A member of Think Atheist whose posts I have quoted before has posted a wonderful summation of the way in which free will and predetermination interact and exist simultaneously:

"Our choices aren’t free in a libertarian sense: they’re free within the constraints of our experience; our identity.  Perhaps Arthur Schopenhauer summed it up best: “Man can do what he wills but he can not will what he wills.”  We can do, in the present, whatever our experience has prepared us for."

Free Will

Free Will II

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that is one stupid quote, and you think that explains it best? And you wonder why people think atheists are stupid? Sir: if we could do whatever we wanted, we'd all be God. You seem like someone with narcissism disorder.