Free Will Guide
(Top Posts - Philosophy (General) - 062003)
being an independent observer of all that is, every physical event, literally
trillions upon trillions of them in each fraction of a second of time
we happen to be aware of (in the particular space-time continuum we inhabit).
one could objectively quantify and determine all that consists of, would
not each fraction of a second beget the physical and natural result as
expressed in the next fraction of a second, with the only option for deviance
being the random activity of the brain and of the quantum domain apart
from causality as we understand it?
not, then, a combination of causal and random factors logically beget
the totality of each moment in time?
to posts on memes, free will, determinism, randomness, and the nature
of brain activity ...
Will vs. Determinism (051003)
topic, free will, illusion or reality or somewhere in between. ..."
Will and Randomness (050603)
you perceive one's brain activity as both a result of naturalistic
factors -and- naturalistic ** randomness ** (i.e., competition between
neurons / synapses), therein resides the totality of being naturalistically
explained, apart from absolute determinism, and apart from so-called
absolute "free will". ..."
/ Brain / Behavior (043003)
quantification of human behavior remains beyond the capabilities
of modern day science. .... it is theoretically plausible to conjecture
that all behavior, from human to the simplest creatures, are results
of stimuli and the physical laws of nature in reaction to that stimuli.
Research : Mind - Brain - Behavior ... (122202)
results from genes-stimuli-experiences and probabilities based on
a milieu of activities, a relatively small amount of which one is
cognizant of or in any way in control of, as well as random non-determinable
activity being an integral part of the nature of the mind, brain,
and behavior ... helpful resources, including recent research ..."
What is a choice? A result, no more, no less, an outcome of neuronal
competition and naturalistic events constrained by the physics of
the space-time continuum in which we find ourselves, biology, and
(from a larger perspective) the nature of all that ever has been
that happened to lead to the particular space-time continuum in
which we exist. ..."
... Destiny ... Who Are We, Really? (061502)
are your brain, more or less, with all that surrounds your brain
being the support mechanism interacting with, impacting, and required
for your brain to exist. ..."
I, We - Time for a Change in Perception (051102)
speaking, every act and every deed and every thought in every now,
both random -and- caused, entails an unfathombably vast "we"
including everyone and everything else, all results of all that
is and all that ever was ..."
/ Reason / Emotion (050102)
programming tasks done by persons employed in the computer programming
profession are done based on reason, with emotion subservient, rather
than emotion, with reason subservient. Emotions have underlying
reasons, physical in nature, not existing apart from the mind-body,
but instead, a consequence of genes + stimuli + random brain activity.
= Stimuli + Random Brain Activity (091101)
have discovered clusters of brain nerve cells that respond to identical
stimulus at random rates each time the stimulus is provided. The
response is as random as is the flip of a coin as to whether or
not it turns up heads or tails. ..."
and Ethics (070701)
There appears to be a growing consensus that, given a certain genetic
constitution-and within the bounds of that endowment-whatever man
is, he learns to be, especially in respect to values, morality,
and customs. Baser appetitive needs, however, may have a genetic
component that is greater than an environmental one. ..."
Flaw of Christianity (062301)
"... Is there any valid argument, by christians, for a dogma
of self-determination and 'free will' yielding your immortal destiny,
yet your immortal destiny is dependent totally on the dogma you're
exposed to which is totally outside of your control? ..."
of All That Is (051801)
Persons of faith use a magic being world (some struggling against
naturalism, others willing to accept naturalism as being at play
in varying degrees) to describe all that is. ... Persons of non-faith
comprehend a natural world as explaining all that is, with mystery
and unknowns dealt with in varied ways ... "
Inevitable and Eternal Now (032701)
we reduce an unfathomably vast array of stimuli to an illusion of
"choice" regarding the past/present/future, which is really
nothing more than an inevitable result of all that has taken place
in the eternal now. ..."
Quantum, Wherefore Art Thou, Quantum? (032501)
"... Free Will and the quantum world? ... I have yet to find
anything that connects the world of the Very Very Very Very Very Tiny
(1/50.8 millionths of an inch) to a free will philosophy in the macro
world ... The effort to connect the free will of humans to the uncertainty
in the world of the Very Very Very Very Very Tiny is flawed at best
and is not based on science but, instead, is based on the desire of
humans to perceive that they have free will (IMO). ..."
Amazing Illusion of Choice (032401)
I am a result, this post is a result, of all that has been before
this moment in my life, all my genes, memes, and life experiences,
and all genes that have come before me that are a part of my genes,
as well as all memes that led to the memes that influenced me as
well as all life experiences and pre-life experiences that led to
the life experiences I've been exposed to <deep breath>, no
more, no less. ..."
are all One ... (102500)
with the cosmos. We flow through life with the illusion of control,
but with very little we are actually in control of, an inevitable
event/being in a vast cosmos of time and space, inextricably linked
to one another and to our surroundings in which we find ourselves.
is a Meme and What Can We Do About It? (102500)
Excerpts from Chapter 11 of Richard Dawkins' classic, The Selfish
Gene, in which he introduces us to the Meme ..."
Altruism Trick (102500)
"Excerpt from chapter 13 of 'The Meme Machine', by Susan Blackmore
Am I Not You? (081200)
why are you not me? If you were me, would you be me or would you
be you? If I were you, would I be you or would I be me? ...