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  • I get the causality problems with making ‘real choices’. The one path to free will in my mind depends on the answer to the following question. Have biological systems harnessed quantum weirdness to increase survival chances (via choices.)? Life is just so ‘different’ than inanimate matter.

    Yeah, maybe free will is…

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  • I get the causality problems with making ‘real choices’. The one path to free will in my mind depends on the answer to the following question. Have biological systems harnessed quantum weirdness to increase survival chances (via choices.)? Life is just so ‘different’ than inanimate matter.

    Yeah, maybe free will is due to “spooky…[Read more]

  • There are only two ways things might happen, Autumn: 1) due to immediately antecedent conditions or 2) a miracle happens. I’m not sure an English class, even on the graduate level, will get us past that dichotomy.

    You appear to be responding to a point I am not making. It makes no sense to define a term in a way t…

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  • I also think that somehow ‘ideas’ and mental creativity are related subjects to ‘choices’. Is an idea physical? Certainly ideas need ‘life’ and matter to manifest and transfer/propagate but clearly ideas and information have an abstract, non material characteristic.

  • Nuclear decay is a quantum activity that is said to be random, spontaneous and independent of how long the atom has been in existence, for example. We are limited to general predictions about ‘half-life’.

    I don’t claim to know a lot about QM. Presently, I do think ultimately ‘choice making’ will cease being a philosophical/semantical subject when…[Read more]

  • Lets forget about the word “freewill” for a while.

    How is a choice ‘distinct from reflex’ as you say? Living systems do exhibit distinct properties. They make choices. There has to be a mechanism. I wonder if living creatures use randomness and/or quantum physics to give themselves survival advantage. It seems to me that evolution would favor a…[Read more]

  • I get the causality problems with making ‘real choices’. The one path to free will in my mind depends on the answer to the following question. Have biological systems harnessed quantum weirdness to increase survival chances (via choices.)?  Life is just so ‘different’ than inanimate matter.

  • But when the conversation gets to the point of getting stuck on mere idea that causality applies to the mechanics of decision making, that’s when we’ve hit a level of tautological wankery that makes me think an English class is more in order than a philosophy class.

    There are only two ways things might happen, Autumn: 1) due to imm…[Read more]

  • Unseen replied to the topic Group logo of Sunday SchoolSunday School 9th May 2021 in the forum Sunday School 22 hours ago

    Unseen, If there is 100% agreement among any human beings, philosophers or otherwise, that would be either a proof of the existence of miracles and/or every totalitarian wet fever dream has been fulfilled. Fortunately, the number of possible combinations of connections between neurons across dendrites makes that…

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  • I’m hearing “free will of the gaps.”

    Nice try Unseen. I’m not biting. But nice try.

  • @Davis

    I’m hearing “free will of the gaps.”

  • I see more books and philosophy journal articles arguing for free will than against it. 99% of philosophers arguing against free will is one of the most ludicrous statements I’ve heard about what philosophers believe in a long time. It is simply not true. It is one of the most contentious topics in philosophy at the moment. The claim:

    Free will…[Read more]

  • Unseen replied to the topic Group logo of Sunday SchoolSunday School 9th May 2021 in the forum Sunday School 2 days ago

    Re: “SCIENTISTS CLAIM THEY DISCOVERED THE “GATE OF CONSCIOUSNESS,”…

    Knowing where consciousness occurs doesn’t solve the philosophical problems related to consciousness. I think everyone, philosophers included, would grant that it had to relate to somewhere in the brain, so discovering where that is isn’t exactly earthshaking, though it’s n…[Read more]

  • Andrew Sveda’s argument is a reworking of a common one. An initial cursory read showed some major flaws.

    The question itself is flawed. Sveda has presupposed that “God” exists. If he had asked “Does a god exist” or “Do any gods” exist he would have a stronger foundation to argue from.

    If he wants us to debate with him about the existence of…[Read more]

  • Unseen replied to the topic Group logo of Sunday SchoolSunday School 9th May 2021 in the forum Sunday School 2 days ago

    Re: “China’s carbon pollution now surpasses all developed countries combined,”…

    it’s time for China to feel some consequences. The US, for example, could incentivise manufacturers currently using China for production or as a source for ready-made products to move their business to other countries.

  • Unseen replied to the topic Group logo of Sunday SchoolSunday School 9th May 2021 in the forum Sunday School 2 days ago

    There is a (small) granule of truth to the article “The conspiracy theorists who believe ‘traditional masculinity’ is under deliberate, strategic attack.”

    The conspiracy part is nonsense, but I agree with a quote I heard once that went something like “When a bunch of mean bastards come over the hill intent on pillage and rape, you need a bun…[Read more]

  • @Autumn

    One of the biggest problems of “free will” in any context is WTH does “will” mean?

  • Reg, That statement by Steven Fry on free will was a pretty lame Argument from Authority and Argument from Popularity rolled into one. And wouldn’t the 2 percent who disagreed be itself an argument for free will?

    I think you’re mischaracterizing Fry, implying that his argument is offered as proof rather than, more l…[Read more]

  • I would say that 98 percent of all philosophers would agree with me that essentially free will is a myth. It doesn’t exist. That ought to be shocking news on the front of every newspaper. I’m not saying we don’t look both ways before we cross the road; we decide not to leave it to luck as to whether a car is going…

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  • It seems National Prayer Day is an official government “day.”

    The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. The president is required by law to sign a proclamation each year, encouraging all…[Read more]

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