On 5/9/2012 2:19 PM, Quentin Anciaux wrote:
1- If someone is threatening me via my senses (via a weapons he holds, on some forces he
acts upon me... I still have free will, I've still the ability to choose, some choices
are more dangerous, I'm coerced to choose what the agressor wants, but still have the
possibility to act otherwise upon my will.
But if you do decide to comply determinism would say there wasn't a possibility you could
have done otherwise. The other agent was compelling.
2- If someone is using chemical or electrical agent modifying my brain state and having
me acting like a puppet, I don't have free will, I don't have anymore the possibility to
But is it really different? The words spoken to you also modify your brain state. It's
not 'acting like a puppet' because it changes your mind as well as your action, you still
think you're making a choice - it's not that the external agent just drives the efferent
nerves to your muscles.
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