Confusion Over Compatibilism and Determinism
In a recent post, I discussed the logical incoherency of libertarian free will. Some of the commentary that followed included discussion of scientific findings that provide strong evidence for the deterministic nature of human decision-making. Papalinton cited some articles that discuss neurological evidence of the illusory nature of libertarian free will. Keith Rozumalski dismisses the neurological evidence and counters that many materialists are compatibilists, apparently without realizing that the neurological evidence for determinism is entirely consistent with compatibilism, which is, after all, a form of determinism. Compatibilism is the philosophical position that despite the deterministic nature of our decision-making processes, we are still responsible for our own choices, as long as those choices are not coerced.