Joshua - Leelah

Philosopher Daniel Dennet says you can exercise free will by doing something unpredictable, such as talking to someone you wouldn't normally talk to in the supermarket queue.

Or, deciding not to do something evil.

Imagine a fundamentalist Christian couple who decide to do something unpredictable - like accepting that God made some people gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.

Imagine a person brought up as fan of Hitler deciding to accept that the Nazis are mainly criminals.

Philosopher Daniel Dennett says free will is much more complicated than many people believe

Does free will really exist?

Daniel Dennett says determinism and free will are not incompatible.

There are low-level forms of causation (one ball hits another one and it causes the second one to move) and higher level forms of causation.

A criminal might commit a crime 'because he was born criminal and brought up criminal."

But, the criminal is free to do the 'unpredictable' and to be good.

The criminal is free to think about his actions.

You can be unpredictable.

 Joshua - Leelah

You can avoid being manipulated.

"Freedom, of the important kind, of the kind worth wanting, is freedom from being manipulated."

Who are the people who are being manipulated and who are therefore not free?

It is mainly the ultra-conservatives, the extremists and the fundamentalists.

Think of the fundamentalist Jew who is not free to marry a Moslem.

Think of the White racist who is not free to make friends with a Black neighbour.

Think of the fundamentalist Communist who is not free to enjoy the benefits of moderate capitalism.


Joshua - Leelah

Joshua Alcorn wanted to be a girl called Leelah.

Joshua Alcorn suffered pain and abuse from his fundamentalist Christian parents.

Joshua's parents forced him into conversion therapy, and had him see Christian therapists.

Joshua committed suicide.

Fundamentalists are being manipulated by evil ideas.

The world is full of transgender people, such as:
  • Baby Dee (b. 1953), American multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and performance artist[79]
  • Dana International, Israeli Singer, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998, with the song Diva

"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.

"You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things.

"They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." -Apple Inc.


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