Daniel Dennett positively reviews Alfred Mele’s Free: Why Science Hasn’t Disproved Free Will, but then says that even though Mele argues his case well, we shouldn’t trust him because he’s got a grant from the Templeton Foundation, and they have a (pro-religion) agenda. Dennett admits that Templeton funds a lot of worthwhile work, but implies that this is just a sneaky way to build credibility for their ideological endeavours. I actually don’t dismiss such worries. In fact, I wonder if Dennett has taken them far enough. Is Templeton the only research-supporting foundation with an agenda? How about the government? Do Western governments have any ideological lines that their pushing? Yes, I know, they also fund a lot of nonideological and worthwhile research, but mightn’t that be partly driven by an attempt to shore up credibility for their ideological axe-grinding?
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