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.
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.
Researchers generally stress that the unborn child’s brain is in a rapid, ongoing, and little understood state of development.
Human consciousness entails a unique ability to think abstractly — to reason, to think logically, to use language, to do mathematics, to exercise free will.