Free Will over Biology

The dichotomy between what’s acceptable and what’s not seems to be one between what is biologically immutable and what you choose to be. I find this argument highly dubious because it rests on the notion that choice by free will is somehow inferior to random biological fate and is therefore open to arbitrary societal regulations. Which is frankly just another way of saying, if I see scope in successfully poking my nose in your business, I bloody well will.

Gay people should de-emphasize the line of argument that they are made that way and they can do nothing about it (it might be so, but still) and stick with the free will angle, because that’s where it truly belongs. Someday the world is going to find a way to mess with your brain and cast you in their mold of preferred sexuality and that day you are going to be very sorry that you had the wrong angle all along.

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4 responses to “Free Will over Biology

  1. The dichotomy between what’s acceptable and what’s not seems to be one between what is biologically immutable and what you choose to be. I find this argument highly dubious because it rests on the notion that choice by free will is somehow inferior to random biological fate

    Ahem! If one is gay because he cant think straight (!), and if physiologically changing something can provide him an alternative to think different and then make an informed decision… isnt that free will- only better?

    Why, aren’t people are of the opinion that young children be taught about all religions and then given a chance to choose theirs, out of free will?- irrespective of the fact that this will work on Hindus only. Why then deprive gay people of the grass across the town?

  2. True that. Although the choice to change physiologically and experience the other side is a choice that should be strictly left to free will. But what I see as more likely is that once the switching technique is in place, any non-straight sexuality is going to be forced into converting as if they were sick and this was a medical procedure to make them “normal”. By simply reiterating that nothing can be done to change their sexuality, they are weakening the position that it could otherwise be a free choice, even if they could change biologically.

  3. Well said. But that does come in the way of letting one make an informed decision. Free will must also be based on fair judgment.

  4. My fair judgment might be stupidity to you, but that shouldn’t affect my free will, should it?

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