Free (enough) Will (was: Dragaera and Shakespeare)

Sat Feb 22 19:06:23 PST 2003

On Sat, 22 Feb 2003, lazarus wrote:

> On Sat, 22 Feb 2003 11:14:50 -0800 (PST), you wrote:
> Personally, I think some of the available evidence enables us to draw
> the conclusion that House is a major influence in general behaviour,
> but not specific.  Basically, the fact that /everyone/ we meet seems
> to accept completely that members of a House will behave a certain
> way, with no discussion of seriously trying to overcome fate or
> anything.

I happen to agree with you - on the other hand maybe all Dragaerans
except maybe Paresh are just deluded/bigoted/wrong.  (On the other hand
Sethra seems to believe in the importance of genetics (Vlad doesn't have
the genotype to be a Jhereg - end of _Orca_) and she's credible.)
Consider the role of prejudice in human society today, with nothing like
200k years of tradition behind us.

Also maybe Dragaerans aren't really so biologically/culturally
determined but are constrained to act as if they were by the Plot
I mean Wheel.