Saturday, July 10, 2010

The ongoing attack on free will

Dr. Helen thinks there's been an increase in the liberal academic push to sell the idea that free will is only an illusion, and it's coming about because of a liberal desire to regulate behavior.

She quotes a recent Time article:
"There may be few things more fundamental to human identity than the belief that people are rational individuals whose behavior is determined by conscious choices. But recently psychologists have compiled an impressive body of research that shows how deeply our decisions and behavior are influenced by unconscious thought, and how greatly those thoughts are swayed by stimuli beyond our immediate comprehension."
Dr Helen:
"Beware of studies that show free will to be more and more of an illusion, for as Glenn (husband Instapundit) says, 'This kind of thing is often pitched as a reason for regulation, since your free will is portrayed as illusory.'
Perhaps the free will of academics who do so many of these studies is really the illusion. Maybe it is they who unconsciously want to give more ammunition to the current administration to proceed with policies that usurp free will and take more and more of our freedoms away. Free will and personal responsibility are the epitome of freedom. Let us not allow them to become extinct."
We have already seen many examples of stifling of free will, an increase in government intimidation, and a deafness to the public desire from the execrable excuse of what currently masquerades as a President and administration. All of this is cheered on by the comfortably numb minions and enablers iof the Tank Team Media and blahgosphere.

It seems that each day that passes brings fresh news of a further encroachment of individual free will, and a further forced bondage to government fiat in defiance of the public's common good sense and concern.

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