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Question: What would be the implications for socety if we discovered we didn't have free will?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 28 June 2014

 


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Question: What would be the implications for socety if we discovered we didn't have free will?
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 168
Posted DateSaturday 28 June 2014 15:37 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

I have often thought about posting interesting questions on my blog to include in my monthly knowledge letter.

When somebody tells me what I or society has deeply believed for aons is not correct - rather then get defensive I ask myself the question - "what would it mean if we have been wrong about this all the time". It's rare that I change my mind on the issue unless faced with strong evidence but it makes for an interesting conversation in my head.

So here is my first question: read the following article Free Will May Just Be the Brains Background Noise or Scientific evidence that you probably don't have free will and then ask yourself the question "What would be the implications for society if we discovered we didn't have free will?" And as in my Knowledge Cafes, it is OK to go off topic.

Better still, have the conversation with a friend over a cup of coffee. Enjoy :-)




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