Posted: Aug 22, 2017 10:56 am
by Cito di Pense
GrahamH wrote:
scott1328 wrote:Why are you puzzled. I have posted several times that free will is predicated upon predictability of outcome, and weighing of consequences, without which an agent cannot be said to have made a free choice. The agent's own impression of the situation notwithstanding.


Perhaps because free will is about the capacity to be unpredictable to others, to not slavishly follow the rules and 'do the right thing'
If humans are too predictable it erodes the concept, but we could have significant chaos and still believe in free will as long as people do what they think or say they will do.


You mean, as long as people freely will what they think or say they will do. Free will is predicated on stuff like the guarantee of damnation if you disobey God. I mean, you could always recant on your deathbed, but that's your last chance.