Saturday, March 31, 2007


Scott Adams, at his Dilbert blog writes occasionally about free will. He doesn’t believe it exists. (Then I wonder what the hell I’m doing living my retirement in Thailand?)

Here is his most recent argument. Notice how similar his reasoning is to Clinton’s rationalizing about not having had sex. To prove there is no “free will” he must narrow the definition so that it matches his argument. But if you’re going to do that you must establish what you mean by the phrase first and then get at it. It’s not fair to do it the other way around. Then it should be clear that he is not writing about “free will” as it is understood by most people.

I must apologize to Mr. Adams for the cruel piece I wrote about his speech problem, The Idea of a Lifetime, just below this. I am a failed humorist so when I get a funny idea, I just must run with it. It was wrong to put it out for many reasons, but few can deny it is funny. The weird thing is that it would work, most likely.

I don’t think there will be many reverberations though. When last I looked, this blog was rated below 4 millionth in popularity, and deservedly so. The world will not be laughing at him.


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