Who said “humans are now hackable animals and that free will is over” in all seriousness?
Who said it? Maybe one of the dreary postmodern atheists like Sam Harris (Sam Harris | The Illusion of Free Will). But does it matter? As homo sapiens, we all have free will. We always will. Most people, however, do not access it because they have become creatures (i.e. hackable animals) of habit.
NO. Free will isn’t over. Yet, we are entirely hackable and controllable without it. Maybe you watched this excellent hypnotism link from another one of my answers. For sure, the hypnotist hacked this woman’s mind. It was so easy. I could do it. Basically, this woman wanted to be hacked. That’s how hypnotism works. The intellectually vulnerable let others into their mind.
I spend countless hours here on QUORA endeavoring to help people become intellectually free. Yet, the words I write are always first interpreted by their habit-brains. That’s the problem. Instead, I need the reader’s capacity to reason to bring them new ideas or combat their potentially broken ones. But, habit thinking is always there to intervene. It reacts first. It thinks first. It is your mind’s receptionist. Grrr.
Specifically, I need people to understand that free will is actually free won’t (See neuro researcher Benjamin Libet). Free won’t is simply a denial of habit. Moreover, FREE WON’T IS YOUR ONE AND ONLY FREE WILL DECISION. Sam Harris (Sam Harris | The Illusion of Free Will) does not see this. In fact, he cannot see it. He lacks free will. He is a victim of his own habits. It is crazy.
I know it’s complicated. Read this: Free Will is Empowering. Do You Have It? (my site)
And then, keep reading, and ideally … keep thinking (Thinking/doubting/questioning is where reason is, and free will is your only door to it—denial of habit).