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Posted March 5, 2012 at 8:15 am | Permalink


While we are basically deterministic entities, the concept of something like free will is a useful function.

Are you suggesting that we keep non-free willism a secret? It seems as if people might have a hard time using the concept of free will in light of the observation that it is only an illusion. This is like someone saying the concept of a god works great, look how much one can do with the concept of god with those who believe in the myth.

I don’t see any gain in pretending that free will exists.

  • mikmik

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    Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    You don’t have any choice, Steve, notwithstanding your claims.
    I have never in my life, seen anyone speak and behave in a manner that they do not have free will, no matter how strongly they believe that.
    Furthermore, no one will ever be able to convince more than a very tiny percentage of the population that free-will is illusory, never.
    You don’t act like you don’t have free-will because you cannot act that way, Steve. And if you and Jerry, et al, don’t act any different than people always have, how do you expect to change anything, especially something so overwhelmingly counter-intuitive, in the masses of people that can’t. or won’t, even understand what it means? It is a fundamental survival instinct to inflict retribution, and even co-operation and trust are fundamentally based on the understanding that actions will not be deserving of counter-actions.
    You people can blab all you want about the social ramifications and justice system, but the fundamental sense of having free will is not surmountable, and people will always see it this way.
    As I’ve said before, I’ve battled narcotics and alcohol addiction my whole adult life, and even before that, I have never, intellectually, thought that we have free will. It’s only lately I’ve started thinking about it deeply. And even though I can attest to seemingly irresistible compulsions dominating my behavior, and even if we don’t exercise freer-will, or volition, 98% of the time, it is because it is easier, not because we have to.
    The fact of the matter is that we have a process that uses %20 – > %50 percent of our energy resources, and this process is part of the physical cause and effect reality we inhabit. This means that our thinking serves a powerfully necessary function for our survival and proliferation, so it not only serves a purpose, it is also a physical cause the has real world effects.
    Or are you saying that our awareness, and mind, has no repercussions to its existence?

    You are the ones that speak of ghosts.

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