Science Debunks Freedom and the Self
Martin Tweedale, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy will animate this discussion
The historian Yuval Noah Harari has in the last three years come out with two books summarizing the human past and prophesying the future. Among his claims is that liberal humanism, the dominant ideology of the West, rests on certain myths about the self and freedom of choice which modern science has undercut. I shall lay this claim out and ask our cafe participants to comment and criticize while I do my best to explain and defend it.