On 6/9/2011 1:17 PM, Bruno Marchal wrote:

On 09 Jun 2011, at 18:20, Rex Allen wrote:

"Dr. StrangeDennett: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Determinism".

Repurposing the term "free will" is a propaganda move, to make the
medicine go down easier.

Science redefines the term all the times. The only thing which counts is to see if we agree with the theories and their consequences.

Dennett's subtitle to his book "Elbow Room" is "free will that's worth having". Sam Harris just wrote about this http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/free-will-why-you-still-dont-have-it/ He seems to disagree with compatibilism; but he essentially agrees on the facts; he just doesn't want to use the phrase "free will" because he thinks that's redefining the terms to mean something other than what people normally mean. Interestingly when he talks about what people normally mean, a kind of dualism, he shows that what people usually mean is incoherent even on a dualist account.

"You can avoid responsibility for everything if you just make yourself small enough."
        --- Daniel Dennett, "Elbow Room"

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