Thursday, October 3, 2013

Jerry Coyne on free will

Jerry Coyne, looking determined. 

Jerry Coyne has replied to my post on free will at ENV. 


  1. Adm. G Boggs, Glenbeckistan NavyOctober 3, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    In Coyne's deterministic world, people are organisms whose brain structure and contingent responses are determined by two things: genetics and environment. That must suck for people in the underclass and give succor to the Brahmins (e.g., Cass Sunstein). I detect the moral stench of the Eloi.

  2. "Jerry Coyne has replied to my post on free will at ENV."

    Before even taking a look, I'm going to go out on a limb and venture to say that "reply" is nowhere near the right descriptive term.

    1. Coyne's reply is incoherent gibberish. I've replied again on ENV.

    2. Michael,

      How would you be able to recognise incoherent gibberish when you read it, when you're incapable of recognising a spoof article involving the KKK, understanding Benjamin Libet's work or even understanding the meaning of simple words such as 'imaginary'?

      Someone else's alternative opinion isn't gibberish just because you disagree with it.

      It does illustrate the difference between liberals and conservatives though. Conservatives tend to see the world in black or white, right or wrong. Tend to not be able to see nuances. Liberals tend to take a nuanced view, seeing the world in shades of grey. If a liberal sees something surprising they tend to check it before rejecting it as being wrong.

  3. Dr Egnor was being charitable saying "gibberish" when it comes to Coynes argument.