so one of the reasons atheists say god doesn't exist is that he has no referance to time. so he is both in the past and in the future (with no beginning :p )
so that means he knows the future
so that means he knows what we will do
so he gave us free will
and then he will punish us if we do something wrong
but he already knows if we would do something wrong
so thats the paradox right?
i beleive we don't have a free will
i think our brain is like a very complex computer, it calculates everything we do, before we do it.
that means we don't have free will, only the illusion of it
now why would evolution put an illusion of free will in our heads
well because we feel responsable for our own actions
so we won't do anything that is bad for society, as in killing people or hurting people
cause that causes fights and fights cause deaths and deaths are bad for the survival of the race
now you could wonder: how do you live whith yourself Bert, when you know you don't have a free will.
well i feel forced to write this article, lol, joking
i just ignore the fact and try to go trough life more optimistic, cause if someone hurts me i can just think about the fact that they didn't have an other option then to hurt me...
except if they would see there own future of course :)
evolution can do something because of something else
if a random mutation causes something that on its turn causes (something else) less death then this mutation will be more likely to survive
so when you have a mutation that gives you a slight feeling of free will, and this causes you to get in less fights, you'll have a better chance of survival
you last paragraph is the something like: the eye could not have formed cause its to complex for 1 step: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEKyqIJkuDQ&feature=related
indeed, self-reflection is needed for the illusion of free will. i think the illusion of free will is more of a gradient. its not complete free will or none at all. the 2 extremes can be shown like this: max illusion of free will: humans, smallest illusion of free will: a robot following instructions. Now do you agree that some animals are closer to machines then others. for instance is the cockroach easier to replicate as a machine then a human? we know that computers don't have an illusion of free will and definitely no free will itself.
being drunk lowers the inhibitions, doesn't disable them completely. I think its the other way around, the illusion of free will is causing the inhibitions. so someone that is drunk might have just as much feeling of free will, but less inhibitions because he's less in touch with the world, so he doesn't feel very responsible when he does something wrong. so the inhibitions disappear because the brain is having trouble assessing a situation and determining if the outcome of an action will give him a bad feeling.
damn this stuff is getting abstract :p