Humans are far from perfect, but generally aspire to perfection. This brings about much progress, but also much grief. Before aspiring to perfection, we must first imagine it, and then weigh its perceived benefits vs costs. And then there's often the question of who's the "we" that will reap the benefits or pay the costs.
Generally, the wider our notion of "we", the less of a zero-sum game we play, while the narrower "we" tends to work selfishly, with less regard for loss to others.…Continue
I've grown disappointed with philosophers on the subject of free will. The great philosophers of the past knew nothing about the brain. Modern philosophers contradict each other. What I've been trying to do is to stick with the knowledge we have and avoid philosophical entanglements and conjecture as much as possible. However, certain philosophical conundrums must be addressed, such as: (1) the false dichotomy of free will versus causality; (2)…Continue
Let’s Put Claus Back Into Christmas:
A modest proposal
Remember Christmas when you were a child?
The Season was a time to come together as family and friends...and even make Peace with your enemies for at least a few days. Christmas was all about bringing people together. Religious differences were just like social class or politics or even gender...every town was like Mayberry and had their…Continue
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When asked why I'm a vegetarian, my answer is, "because of the dolphins." Well, that used to be my answer anyway, back in the early days before I realized that the actual reason most people asked me why I was a vegetarian, was not because they were actually interested or curious, it was because they wanted to tell me why they ate meat. No, but really, it's because of the dolphins! :)
In the summer of 1991 I had gotten a job at Sea World in San Antonio, TX.,…Continue
First of all, I'm going to be arrogant and solipsistic in my approach to understanding Free Will. This is a personal feature every human has, whether it's "real" or a delusion or illusion. At this point, I don't see enough consensus out there, except for the Godidit talking point that "God gave us Free WIll". (Bullcrap! I mean, even if God did didit, we're still stuck with the "science" of understanding how it works. Even if God left us billion year old fossils six thousand years ago, He…Continue
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Atheism, free will and scientific paradigms
To me, free will is not absolute or limitless. Free will is constrained by physical laws, ethics, and circumstances.
There is evidence that thoughts arise from diverse modules within the brain. These diverse sources of thought, within the brain, are integrated somehow (i.e. in the brain’s electromagnetic field) and passed back for a decision. It’s the decision – yes, no, maybe, I don’t know, not yet, if…Continue