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Comment 1000 by keith

No sensible person is arguing that we can somehow escape determinism.

You are obviously a "hard" determinist, who believes that our lives were determined at the big bang, on the basis that time only happens once, presumably. Hard determinism is nonsense .

But being open to coercion and being able to act in something other than an instinctive way is surely the definition of free will, at least Dennett's slimmed down version.

No, because coercion does not change your thoughts - it is forcing you to act against your own thinking. In other words, coercion is the expression of the free will of the coercer, but reduces the effective free will of the coerced.

Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:35:26 UTC | #950866