It is not uncommon to hear the claim that human thoughts and choices are actually nothing more than the product of material processes of neurons acting and reacting within our physical brains.
Put another way, our minds are illusions. We only think we think of our own free will. As Stephen Hawking, the famous physicist and atheist advocate, put it in a 2011 interview with Britain’s The Guardian:
“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark,” Hawking said. It’s striking that such a smart man apparently missed the irony of his own analogy contradicting his assertion.
But ideas do have consequences, as J. Warner Wallace, NBC’s “Dateline” cold-case detective and author of “Cold-Case Christianity,” explains in the following video. If our minds and choices are illusions, then so are our freedom and much else:
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