Beliefs are Deterministic
I have tried many times to put this into an outline. It always ends up way to long, and then I feel that I need to add one more thing, allthough, it doesnt fit anywhere! It's compleately relevant, and very neccissary to the argument, but It doesn't fit in the outline! So I'll make this quick and dirty.
Wheater we have free will or not, beliefs must be deterministic.
Can you decide to believe that there is a unicorn in your closet? What about beliving that there is a red ball on your nose? Is it simply a decision you can make? Or does it have to be based on evidence or experiance? If beliefs are based on evidence, we can not control our beliefs we can only control what evidence that we hear.
If beliefs were deterministic, rather than a free decision, I would expect the following:
Geographic isolation of different belief systems(religions).
Children would have beliefs identical to their parents.
People would tend to associate only with people of the same beliefs.
(I'm sure theres more, but remember, this is quick and dirty.)
Please, tell me what you think. I could have totally missed something, or i could be right...