Sam Harris’ waking up app is free until the end of the year. His lesson on (the nonexistence of) free will has a good exercise that give me first hand experience that I don’t have as much free will as I thought. He whittled my concept down to: free will is picking off a menu that we can’t control with strong nudges on what to pick and if we’re not paying attention we follow the nudge by default.
For whatever reason I’m reminded of this joke, “Jean-Paul Sartre is sitting at a French cafe, revising his draft of Being and Nothingness. He says to the waitress, “I’d like a cup of coffee, please, with no cream.” The waitress replies, “I’m sorry, Monsieur, but we’re out of cream. How about with no milk?”
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