Gregg Caruso, a philosophy professor at Corning Community College, gave a talk about the “Dark Side” of Free Will. In doing so, I think he lets the cat out of the bag, showing that free will deniers come to us with a socio-political agenda.
Caruso has a slide that outlines the “Dark Side” (shown around 3 minutes into the talk). It reads:
The Dark Side
Free will beliefs are correlated with
Just World Belief
Right Wing Authoritarianism
Whoa! “Religiosity” is the “Dark Side.” It looks like the professor is peddling the “Religion is Evil” talking point of the New Atheist movement. As for “Right Wing Authoritarianism,” does this mean Left Wing Authoritarianism is correlated with a lack of belief in free will? Or maybe for the professor, there is no such thing as Left Wing Authoritarianism.
Anyway, the professor didn’t want to talk about those two little hand grenades and instead focused on punitiveness and just world belief. I didn’t watch the just world belief part of the talk, so I can’t comment on that.
Three years ago, I warned about the way social justic advocates embrace violence:
There is yet another route for the slippery slope to travel. Why stop with punching a nazi when the same logic works for killing a nazi? If we are to punch nazis to keep from from acquiring power, killing nazis would seem to be even more effective.
And today they are murdering and cheering about it:
Atheist Bob Seidensticker tells us, “If Christianity Were True, There Wouldn’t Be So Many Denominations.” He then explains, “A perfect creator should be able to accurately convey his perfect message to the people he created. And yet, somehow, he can’t. It’s not looking good for God.”
Color me unimpressed. Basics of communication – there are two core components. Sender. And receiver. You need both. If you have a perfect sender that sends out the perfect message to a busted receiver, there is no communication. And it would be stupid to blame the sender for the receivers inability to receive.
So missing from Seidensticker is a demonstration. Of what? Of the receiver’s impressive ability to receive. He merely assumes the receiver would receive a perfect message perfectly. Yet one thing I have learned from experience with countless humans, secular and Christian, is that humans are terrible at reception.