“How philosophical arguments for free will are like religious arguments”/voodoo:

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  • The definitions of free will, like that of Sophisticated Gods, are concocted post facto, after compatibilists have decided in advance that their task is not to find the truth, but to buttress a conclusion they want to reach (i.e., we have free will)
  • Both set humans aside as special—different from other animals (souls or free will) In both cases academic doyens (theologians or philosophers) feel that it’s dangerous for the public to know the truth (about God or about determinism).
  • Both groups need some sense of free will to “sustain our sense of moral responsibility”
  • There are as many versions of compatibilism as there are conceptions of God (and no general agreement on them), so advocates can always say to critics, “you’re not attacking the best argument.”
  • Both dismiss science as either irrelevant or inferior to philosophy for solving the Big Question at hand (free will or the existence of God).
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