The only “scientific” basis for the denial of free will is determinism, the theory that every change in nature is determined prior to its occurrence.
The moral atrocity committed by Hamas seems not to have diminished Professor Coyne’s passion for atheism, determinism, and free will denial.
Human consciousness entails a unique ability to think abstractly — to reason, to think logically, to use language, to do mathematics, to exercise free will.
The real test of a worldview is not merely what it explains, but what it makes us deny. Atheism makes us deny objective moral law.
Despite Miller’s claims, neither human reason nor free will evolved because neither is generated by material processes.