Does one have the ability to choose what one believes?
I've heard it said that one cannot choose what one believes. I was wondering what arguments can be used for this? also what empirical evidence do we have that we do not have the ability to choose what we believe.
This conversation was started with Todangst. He provided some reducto arguments such as : can one believe one is a male? or other such things.
Now my question is, why can't one? it seems absurd but just because something is absurd does not necessarily mean its wrong. So are there bettter reducto arguments that maybe he forgot tomention? are there empirical evidence at all about this?
edit: fixed spelling