Re: Evolution, Nature, Free Will

Cal Eastman (shiva@FREENET.SCRI.FSU.EDU)
Sun, 15 May 1994 08:19:54 18000

do you really believe we have NO free will? That you have never
actually made a decision? I decide things all the time, or so it
seems- can u explain to me how it is when i put on teh red shirt over
the green, that was predetermined? My choice of sexual partner- no
choice? what movie i see?WHICH culture mores i accept and which i

More to thre point, why does stating that cultures are part of nature
REQUIRE determinism over FREE WILL? I agree with 100% that cultural
evolution is part of teh "natural" order - if a beehive is nature so
is new york city - but i really dont see how that statement undercuts
freeewill at all?
I mean seriously couldnt d'holbach worded hios staement differently or
was that determined by physics in advance? Perhaps the belief in
determinsm is due to people's fear of responsability. Rather than
positing free-will so tyhey can blame others, they posit determinism
so some "higher power", whether it be "god" or "nature" or "physics",
so they CANNOT be blamed for anything.

I chose to write this letter

p.s. Isnt teh word "natural" nearly without meaning? Isnt everything
in nature- and following physical laws ? ive never seen anything
unatural in my life... have you?

Boom shiva
mahalinga nataraj
(puffiness 4evah)