Meanwhile, an entertainment. In a recent podcast episode, Sam Harris (educated partly as a philosopher, partly as a neural cognitive scientist, active, I think, primarily as a sort of “public thinker”), announces the ultimate disposing of the issue of free will. Harris attacks this centuries-old problem, which has been wrestled with by many a sharp mind, with his usual vigour. He proposes a series of “thought experiments” designed to show that conscious choices are an illusion, because, to simplify, we have no control over our thoughts. It reminds me a bit of Richard Dawkins’ tirade (I think the two men are pals, by the way) cannonading at a god being his own delusion. But above all, I get the impression that Sam Harris forgets the experience of indecision, the suspension between choices and the inability to decide, which I think can sometimes say more about a person and about free will than the situations in which choices are actually made.
The Glimpse is a suspension between choices that exist but will not be able to be taken, because the world will end sooner, with God only half-revealed. Silence and darkness. They would be indifferent were it not that they are heard and seen by a personified, suffering ear and eye.
(transl. Magdalena Małek-Andrzejowska)