Discrimination Against The Intelligent Is OK…

…says New York court:

abc NEWS

(I took extra care to capitalize “abc NEWS” as they do on their website.)

Intelligent people may not apply for police officer in the USA. Personally I think the argument by the police authority is sound – but an employer should then be free to discriminate against all other categories of people as well.

The meaning of the word discrimination is “to distinguish”; which is what a hiring decision or ANY decision is all about. Anti-discrimination policies are therefore an attack on freedom itself, as freedom is the freedom to decide on your own. Notice that free will as in free decisions has nothing whatsoever to do with randomness and everything with logical conclusions or determinism. Which should answer the question, is free will possible in a determined non-random world, the answer is yes, determination , at least partial determination is a NECESSARY prerequisite for freedom.

The confusion about randomness as necessary for freedom comes from a linguistic misunderstanding, where “degrees of freedom” in a mechanical way describe the possible set of motions a mechanical system can perform. This of course is only a constraint on the action that is then decided to perform.

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2 thoughts on “Discrimination Against The Intelligent Is OK…”

  1. To me, a better definition of random is “In a system where there are multiple causes and few or one final common pathway for an effect, and there is insufficient information about the system available to prune possible causes from the list, any outcome is underspecified with reference to a cause. Given this, past performance tells you little to nothing about future events”. So, chance is not a cause and random isn’t nondeterministic.

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    1. That goes along with the reasoning of SED theoreticians – Stochastic Electrodynamics, who strive to explain apparently unpredictable (Schroedinger equation) behaviour with classical means. Yes, it is well possible that what we perceive as randomness is completely determined by the behaviour of something we cannot (yet) observe.

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