New Atheist activist Richard Dawkins is caught off guard when asked about free will. Because of this, he answers in a remarkably candid manner (sidekick Lawrence Krauss also answers, but he comes across as babbling).
The transcript of Dawkins’ response is below the fold.
It’s a question that I dread actually because I don’t have a very well thought out view about it. I think that, I mean I have a materialist view of the world, I think that things are determined in a rational way by antecent events, and so, THAT convinced me to the view that when I think I have free will, I’m deluding myself. My brain states are determined by physical events. And yet that seems to contradict the very powerful subjective impression that we all have, that we do have free will.
As you can see, the “materialist view of the world” is what causes Dawkins to deny free will. He is precisely correct. It’s “the materialist view of the world” vs. the “powerful subjective impression that we all have.” Dawkins embraces the materialist view of the world and thus dismisses his subjective experience as a delusion. Me? I embrace my subjective experience and thus dismiss the materialist view of the world as the delusion.