Rather than refute Harris by pointing out why his statement scores high on the irony meter, I thought I’d ask ChatGPT to do it for me.
The only “scientific” basis for the denial of free will is determinism, the theory that every change in nature is determined prior to its occurrence.
As Hedin puts it, “The universe reveals who we are by allowing us to make free choices.” In other words, the ball is in our court.
Denial of free will is a quick route to totalitarianism. If you can’t be guilty because you can’t choose, you can’t be innocent either.
The moral atrocity committed by Hamas seems not to have diminished Professor Coyne’s passion for atheism, determinism, and free will denial.