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Dennett vs Sapolsky on free will: A clash over different claims?

Sapolsky's argument, though I haven't read him describe it in precisely these words, is that free will is so constrained by the factors he has described in his several books as to be trivial. That ...
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Does determinism nullify the science of economics?

does determinism nullify the science of To someone making an empirical model, there's no difference between the statements "the system will behave as if [description]" and "[...
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Does determinism nullify the science of economics?

The science of economics is based on the assumption that people can make choices Is it? Economics is based on the assumption observation that people behave in certain predictable ways, and that man-...
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Does determinism nullify the science of economics?

Your question muddies the water a little because it assumes that determinism entails a complete lack of free will (common consensus is that it doesn't), but here's 2 ideas: Compatibilism - 'free will' ...
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Does the want to seek determinism in physics come from a fallacy that it explains more?

The greatest benefit of living in deterministic Universe is not that we can explain what already happened, but that we can predict what will happen. In particular, this gives us agency by allowing us ...
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Does the want to seek determinism in physics come from a fallacy that it explains more?

I wonder then if this is a mistake. If there is a law that maps A to B, one can also further ask: why is there a law that maps A to B rather than A to C? Or even A to D? Presumably, there is no ...
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Does the want to seek determinism in physics come from a fallacy that it explains more?

Does the want to seek determinism in physics come from a fallacy that it explains more? That is a question about the motivations of any physicists who happen to have that want, not about philosophy. ...
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Does the want to seek determinism in physics come from a fallacy that it explains more?

You seem to have it backwards with regards to what science (in particular physics) is doing. Where mathematics, logic and to some extend religion build a universe from the ground up, so where they ...
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Does the want to seek determinism in physics come from a fallacy that it explains more?

Probabilistic events do not occur the way you describe. There are no discreet outcomes with equal probability. Instead there is a continuum of probabilities called normal distribution. The effect for ...
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Does the want to seek determinism in physics come from a fallacy that it explains more?

Physics isn't practiced just for the sake of it- much of what gets discovered in physics ends up being put to use for all kinds of purposes. So, the question is whether the 'explanations' developed by ...
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Are there certain plausible assumptions, such as block or physical determinism, that lead us to conclude that everything we do is equally rational?

Most of us consider rationality to be an approach we can take to decision-making in the context of real choice. Per determinism, we HAVE no real choice, so this idea of "freedom" is an ...
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Is free will a third option aside from chance and necessity?

It is indeed a false dichotomy because determinism does not prevent us from having free will. Suppose our future is already determined. Even so, we still don't know it -- in particular, we don't know ...
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Is free will a third option aside from chance and necessity?

Short Answer Yes, if we have free will, it must be a 3rd option besides chance and necessity. I accept Hume's split -- free will is incompatible with either chance or necessity. Slightly longer ...
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Is free will a third option aside from chance and necessity?

The determinism dilemma is a false dichotomy. Nothing in this probabilistic reality is deterministic. Every event is partially random, partially determined by the cause. The real dichotomy is about &...
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Is free will a third option aside from chance and necessity?

No. The free will dilemma is not dependent upon how neatly we can separate the deterministic and random parts of a process. The dilemma is in the fact that no matter what creates your will, that will ...
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Can there be determinism without predictability?

No and all the comments/answers suggesting this to not be the case are wrong or are confusing predictability in principle with predictability in practicality. If it is deterministic, then one can in ...
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