Why should I care whether I have "free will" or not?

Danny Yee (danny@STAFF.CS.SU.OZ.AU)
Thu, 2 Jun 1994 12:04:04 +1000

Bonnie Blackwell wrote:
> A better example would be where numerous people over
> the last few years have persisted in having unprotected sex knowing
> the AIDs epidemic was a threat. This was certainly free will, but
> undoubted has had and will continue to have drastic consequences for
> the population as a whole, severely reducing its fitness.

But maybe it's not their free will that's causing them to have unprotected
sex - maybe it's *determined* that they will have unprotected sex and *if*
they had free will then they wouldn't...

Danny Yee.

P.S. Has anyone here read Raymond Smullyan's story _The Tao is Silent_?
I am tempted to type the whole thing in and post it, but that would
probably be copyright violation.