This is repeat of the May 2 topic:
Is Free Will Compatible With Determinism? – The Dennett & Harris Debate –
If you missed the May 2 meeting, join us on Friday May 16 to discuss Free Will.
Daniel Dennett has long been a defender of the position that free will is compatible with determinism. He argues that when you strip it of its mysterious qualities, free will is something very real and important to us. If we cannot hold a person responsible for their actions, that person does not have a free will. If we can, he does.
Samuel Harris has taken the opposite position. He argues that all our thoughts and actions are determined by prior events that we had absolutely no hand in creating. Free will is an illusion that we would be better off without. Free will is not compatible with determinism.
The meeting will begin with a summary and defense of the two opposing positions. (I’m looking for volunteers to present the case for each of the two positions. If you wish to volunteer, please send me an email at [masked].)
Both Dennett and Harris have written and spoken extensively on the subject of free will. Suggested references are given below.
1. “Dennett on free will and determinism”, YouTube (10 minute talk)
2. "Free will as Moral Competence”, YouTube (60 minute talk), Melbourne 2012
3. “Is science showing that we don’t have free will?”, YouTube (80 minute talk), 2007
4. “Sam Harris – Free Will”, YouTube (80 minutes talk) Sydney 2012
1. Dan Dennett reviews Sam Harris's Free Will (1/14) http://www.naturalism.org/Dennett_reflections_on_Harris's_Free_Will.pdf
2. Sam Harris replies to Dennett's review (2/14) http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/the-marionettes-lament
Meeting Location: One Hampshire at Kendall Square How to get to One Hampshire at Kendall Square http://files.meetup.com/331299/How%20to%20get%20to%20One%20Hampshire%20at%20Kendall%20Square.pdf