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Free Will

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We’re all culpable for the banking crisis

The banking crisis was a failing not wholly of others, but of our laws and our values. Some behaved worse than others, of course, but without a collective failure, these individual ones would not have been possible.

Daniel Dennett’s hard problem

Whether you buy Dennett’s account or not, it illustrates just how much you can offer by way of a theory of consciousness without addressing the Hard Problem. … If he is to win over his critics, Dennett’s own hard problem is his need to do more to show why others should give up theirs.

The Myth of Self-Authorship

One thing many of us appear to believe today is that a quick Google search will answer any question. As I discovered when trying to find out what we believe today, you don’t even need to do the search. Just type in the first few words and see how the algorithms complete it for you. So it was that the phrase “believe in” was completed by – as I suspected – “yourself”.

On Free Will

INTERVIEW – SPIKED REVIEW. An interview about free will.

Cats and Compatibilism

THE FREE THOUGHT PROPHET VIDEO. A fun, informal chat about one of the thorniest problems in philosophy with two real enthusiasts. Watch here.

Free will and Brexit

Among all the disagreements over Brexit, one thing at least might appear to be uncontroversial: the decision was a free choice taken by the British people. Brexiteers would say that it was in fact a double victory for freedom, in that the result is a freer country, unshackled from the constraints of the European Union. If this summary seems self-evident it is only because the very idea of freedom has been debased. Brexit is not a paradigmatic instance of freedom at work, but of freedom being confused with something much less valuable: choice.

How to love a less free will

THE PHILOSOPHER’S ZONE – ABC RADIO. Discussing free will with Joe Gelonesi. Recorded at the Sydney Writers Festival.

Live interview at Sydney Writers Festival

CONVERSATIONS WITH RICHARD FIDLER. A podcast of a live recording of Fidler’s ABC Radio programme at the Sydney Writers Festival. Download or listen here.

Free will is a notoriously thorny issue

Does the world need my book? It might sound conceited even to ask the question, since strictly speaking the answer is almost always no…

What makes you… you?

NINE TO NOON – RADIO NEW ZEALAND, 12 APRIL. Interviewed by Kathryn Ryan ahead of my appearance at the Auckland Writers Festival next month. You can listen to it here.

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  • Perfectionism has a push and a pull: some are more drawn to the ideal, others more unable to abide the imperfect.