Yes, I know, my time as Featured Author is done (in an hour). But before I flicker out, I wanted to raise a sociological question for us to consider. I just watched the episode of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, "Do We Have Free Will?" It's a pretty good show (of course, with some frustrating parts). But it includes interviews with seven academics, and not a single philosopher among them. Two psychologists (including Schooler), three physicists, and two neuroscientists (Haynes and Gazzaniga). Unless I missed it, no philosophers (or philosophical terms) are even mentioned, unless you count Buddha or karma.
This is not an isolated event. We philosophers are taking the back seat in public discussions of free will (and other important philosophical discussions). Personally, I think this is not a good thing. I don't have any particular points to make here. I just thought that, in the context of my mostly navel-gazing posts (which is not meant to denigrate navel-gazing philosophy!), I'd remind us of this issue and invite people to consider what, if anything, we can and should do about it (at least until Carolina posts). Thanks for the great discussions this month!